Since August of 2008 the garden went into cruise control. The weather got hot, the growing slowed down (except my lawn), and the workload decreased. What peppers were on the plants remained to ripen, as with the tomatoes. The basil was still cranking which was nice, but it started to get really stemmy and that takes away from its curb appeal. My attempts to grow summer/fall squash like spaghetti and butternut were squashed ( : D ) by all of the rain that stunted a lot of our other gourd/melon/squash ventures.
That brings me to this point. Looking back over my season (our season), I just have to laugh at the big dreams that I had. Not that big dreams are bad or non-realistic, it just goes to show my farming naivety. There are forces involved that you cannot control no matter how hard you pray about it, rain dance about it, shout up to the stars about it. And that’s the long and the short of it. So if you are a control freak, I suggest you start small, like some herbs in your kitchen window. It’s just so funny and all I can do is laugh about it. Things we tried that were successful. Things that we tried that failed miserably. Things that we should have done, things not to do this go-round etc. It was a seasons crash course in horticulture and it was fucking fantastic! Sorry about the f-bomb, but there is a thing known as the first amendment, and I couldn’t hold back on how I felt. Moving on…
Now that it’s January, we start over. Turning compost, weeding, setting up our indoor grow room, just stuff….and I’m not ready. It’ so much work, rewarding, but WORK. Hard work. I have to get over myself and just get in the zone. It’s go time and I hope you’re all ready as well. Some things that we’ve been thinking about for this year is setting up a stand in our driveway to sell some goods. Last year we sold to restaurants, still part of the plan, but last year that was the plan. We grew a lot of things that we knew restaurants would buy because we had a farm to pay for. Now that our initial investment is paid off, we want to focus more on growing things for us and what ever we can’t eat, or process gets sold at the stand. Last year we experimented with potatoes, it worked out ok, but this year we’re going to be potato growing fools. Why? Because we eat a lot of potatoes. And what’s the point of having all of this growing space and still having to buy your potatoes and onions at the store? That’s the angle we’re going for this year. It’s 2009 baby! YES WE CAN!
Last year we did rosemary and basil on the back steps, it worked ok and I think we’ll try again this year…hopefully with a little more longevity in the herb plants.
I have to say I love reading your blogs! Justin and I sat today with our cups of coffee and looked at all your ice storm pics. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
Your family picture is adorable and we’re glad to see you guys doing so well with your farm! 😀