This Week on the Homestead

This Week on the Homestead

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Things have been pretty slow around the homestead lately. I feel like I should be crazy busy right now, but we’re in “hurry-up-and-wait-for-spring” mode around here. We’ve had some really nice days, but the nights are still cold and we still get some cold days throughout April too. Yesterday and today were super windy and cold, -4 C (25 F) and the nights are still way below freezing. So it’s too cold to be planting anything outside, mending fences or cleaning out the chicken coop these days!

Homestead Babies!

It may be slow around here, but there’s still some excitement today. I just went out to do evening chores and heard that glorious sound of chirping! Our silkie hens have been setting on 11 eggs and the first ones just hatched today! Happy dance! I’m not sure how many are under her, but this little black one was just chirping his little head off. I tried to snap a few pictures, but there’s only so much you can do with a crappy Blackberry, bad lighting and a moving chick, so this is the best I could do: 
Newly Hatched Chick
Hopefully the mom’s can keep the babies warm enough with these cold nights. I’ll set them up with some chick starter and water in the morning. So exciting!

Vegetable and Herb Garden

I’ve had seedlings on the go since February. I spent the whole month of February trying to convince Green Peppers and Jalapenos to germinate and I started my Brassicas a bit too early – around the end of February. I now have an assortment of somwhat sickly-looking brocolli, cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts; green peppers, basil, oregano and thyme growing under lights. 
 This Week on the Homestead - Seedlings and Babies!
Today was tomato starting day. I seeded 18 Forme du Coeur Tomatoes and 12 Stupice Tomatoes. Forme du Coeur is my new favorite tomato variety! I tried a few last year and they out-performed all of my other varieties, so I’m planting lots this year! I realized today that I had no cherry tomato or roma seeds, so I had to place a last-minute order for those this morning. I hope they come quickly.
As for the rest of the week, I don’t have too much planned. Between work and not-so-great weather in the forecast, I won’t have much opportunity for outdoor projects. Maybe I’ll get a little more done on my quilt that is STILL not done. 😉
What do you have on the go this week? Let us know in the comments!

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