And So It Begins…

Back in February, we planted seeds in small containers and placed them on the shelves in our four season porch (thanks to the fireplace).  The seedlings are coming along quite nicely and were recently moved them out to the greenhouse. Before we know it, we’ll be planting these in one of the many raised beds on our one acre homestead.seedlings3

The greenhouse was built a few years ago as an addition to the machine shed and has been a huge part of growing our own food.  This bed was put in last winter so we could have fresh spinach a few months before it could even be planted outside.

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Now that it is time to start planting outdoors, we’ve begun the cleanup process in the raised beds.  Since we leave plants in some of the beds for the birds and butterflies after growing season is over, we have to pull a few dead plants.  We like to use the Square raisedBedFoot Gardening philosophy wherever it works for us, so some of the beds need to be tied off as well.

Here in Northern Illinois, April is the time to start planting cool season crops outside.  We’ve already planted spinach, radishes, a few varieties of lettuce, green onion, garlic, chard, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and some other cool season plants.  Within the next few weeks we will be planting succession crops of most of these plants.

The rhubarb is coming up nicely again this year and the asparagus behind the machine shed is just starting to be visible through the weeds.  This year we hope to expand this patch of asparagus a little.

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