Receiving a helping hand

Toby and I both have a tendency to dream big, and snowball from there. What starts as a simple idea develops and grows until even we have to recognize that it is too much. So what happens when two dreamers buy a house and start a farm? Well they get a little overwhelmed. Here we are starting our third month in the house with a to do list a foot and a half long. Each day we try to scratch off an item or two but usually end up adding three. Its been a little stressful and a lot of work but we are starting to find ourselves in a position where we can get to the fun stuff.

So far we have the chickens set up, seedlings planted, greenhouse frame most of the way done, the best puppy in the whole wide world and a house full of half started projects.

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As I started to dig the first garden bed I quickly realized the bedrock is only about 20 inches down. This was a little disappointing but not the end of the world. I am a huge fan of the bio-intensive growing method which is all about adding to the soil and raising the height. I left the bed dug out so we could talk bed position strategy before digging the rest. That night it poured and poured. In the morning I went for a walk with Frisk and noticed that the bed I had dug was completely filled with water. This was a pretty big deal – no drainage means drowned veggies and that is no good at all. So we decided to seek outside help!

We approached the farmer who owns the fields to the west of us in hopes that he could clear/till the section we are planning on using for our garden. Two weeks ago he came out with the tractor and began removing trees, rocks and brush from the area. The area is now mostly cleared and ready to be plowed. How fantastic is living in the country? What a wonderful helpful community we have become a part of –  He is doing the plowing as a house warming present and charging basically nothing for the rest.

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Toby and I are both chomping at the bit to get started. So today we planted 6 seedling flats containing lettuce, brussels sprouts, swiss chard, basil and garlic chives. We also finished preparing the bed for our friendship garden and planted a little more than half of the wonderful plants brought to us by friends and family.

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It feels good to be getting closer to having the garden up and running. Life could not be any better. We are just a little excited..Can you tell???

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