Monday, March 14, 2016

Food Production

We've got spring gardening going full-swing inside right now, and a bit outside as well.  I boiled off the last sap yesterday to add a pint to our total of syrup.  We got just one pint shy of a gallon this year.  Next year, we'll tap a few more trees, and hopefully have better sap running weather.
In the playroom, we've been starting seeds like crazy, and we are harvesting some of the carrots we grew over winter. 
Lydia was posing rather oddly for this one.  She and Gyunay are enjoying purple Dragon carrots.  Usually, Lydia pulls and scrubs the carrots and then dispenses them to herself and her brothers. 

I've even starting transplanting some things to the garden: kale, kholrabi, red cabbage, purple cauliflower, and broccoli calabrese.  I need to still put out the brussel sprouts and more cabbages, broccolis, and cauliflowers.  I planted some Tom Thumb peas in the garden, and those are sprouting.  I also planted some Sugar Ann peas and red onions outside.  Inside, we've started seeds for tomatoes (Golden Jubilee, Black Krim, Yellow Pear, Mexican Mini, Italian Heirloom, Mortgage Lifter),tomatillos, Bulgarian peppers, white cucumbers, white & red radishes, more carrots (yellow, white, and purple), strawberries, arugula, lavender, marigolds, eggplant, some new fruit called tzimbalo, sunflowers, and sunberries.  Hmmm, some of my favorite countries show up in the seed names: Mexico, Bulgaria, Italy.  Fun stuff.  Lydia and Gyunay help water the seedlings throughout the week.  Malachi sometimes helps out with planting, as does Lydia.  In a few weeks, all hands will be on deck to plant outside.  I've got several gardening projects that need to happen outside, but it's just been too wet to do much of it yet.   

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