Busy Homesteading Day

fresh spinach, busy homesteading dayWhat a productive, busy homesteading day I had. See this spinach? It was part of my lunch and so were some of the radishes mixed in. You can tell the radish from the spinach by looking at the difference in the leaves. The spinach is larger and smoother.

I’m loving this weather even though we could use some rain to ease the high fire danger. This is my favorite time of year for early rising, hitting the ground running, and getting things done. Sunrise this morning was around 5:30. The robins are already singing when the sun comes up. The white-throated sparrows are back and gracing us with their lovely song. I take the dogs out while the coffee drips, and we check the live trap for a raccoon, let the ducks and chickens out, and walk to the pond to make sure it’s still there. Ava stands ten feet from the pond each morning and looks it over carefully. She’s done this every morning since the ice went out last month. Back to the house for hot coffee and either a few pages of the book I’m reading or to write a few words of my own. The sun shines through the bathroom window so I get to shower in bright natural light. The shower is where I work out details for the day.

I led a workshop on SEO in Daniela’s lovely (most lovely) group of bloggers and friends. I planted a pear and a peach tree but didn’t get an apple dug up and moved.. I plunked it into the soil in late summer and wished it good luck over the winter. It should to go to its permanent home now. I found the bait trap but didn’t get it baited and tossed into the pond. I need small bullhead to use as fertilizer in the holes I’ll dig to transplant rhubarb I’m moving and more that’s new. No worries, there are far too many bullhead in the little pond. I’d like to take the population down to 0 but that will work only with poison and that just isn’t going to happen.

There’s a lot I didn’t get to on this busy homesteading day that wasn’t busy enough. A low tunnel needs to be put up over the broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and tatsoi. I’ll plant Mondarda and a mock orange bush. I should have started setting up the small tunnel so I can get the grape vines that are waiting patiently in a box to be planted. They need more support than the tunnel has, and I haven’t quite figured out what it is I’m going to do yet. Remember the peas? They haven’t germinated yet but I found a couple of turnip seedlings.

Wild trillium and columbine are up and the trillium has buds. I’ll start looking for mushrooms soon!

Trillium with Buds, busy homesteading day

I’m going away tomorrow and all I really want to do is stay home, cut down a few trees to turn into mushroom logs for four of the five varieties of mushroom spawn taking up space in the fridge, and start drilling holes in them. So much to do. I’ll have a great time at the retreat, will learn a lot from Meredith Hall, and I’ll be glad to be there once I arrive, but until then, I want to stay home (if that makes any sense at all to you, good for you for being able to follow along). Home, where I can have another busy homesteading day…for the next seven months.