The Seeds Arrived

The Seed Box for keeping cool and in the dark.

The fourth shipment of seeds arrived and I’m still looking at some more that I would really like to try. I have inside and direct sow seeds now with over 75 different varieties. No I won’t plant every seed in every packet but I do have a plan and got my hands dirty a little yesterday afternoon.

The Seed Box holds all of the new seeds, flower and vegetable.
This is three of the four catalogs I ordered from this year.
New shelving in the greenhouse this year and more support for the frame of the greenhouse.. It’s hard to see all of the shelving with the table top of my transition tables stacked against it at the moment.

Today my son is coming to the farm to help hubby set up a solar-powered thermostat controlled exhaust fan in the greenhouse. The temperatures inside the greenhouse are now ranging from 30* to 120* any given day. It can be 40’s at 8:00 a.m. and within an hour it’s over 80* and continues to raise with the open windows in the top.

All of my planting containers have space of their own. The cups and flats have all been sterilized and the ProMix has arrived along with the peat moss.

I learned so much from my mistakes last year and I’m absolutely sure that will continue this year. Yesterday I planted 8-10 broccoli, cabbage, and one new pepper with eight seeds of it. I also planted 10 Rose of Sharon and twelve Moonflower seeds and 8 Mr. Stripey tomatoes (craved these all winter).

On the bottom shelf are seeds I planted last fall and kept over the winter. They are perennials call Sweet William. On the top shelf are some pots of fruit seeds I started last fall and the seeds planted yesterday.

Over the winter I made a binder of growing help and specific instructions for everything I want to grow this year. It’s a five inch binder and it’s FULL!! I have two charts with different data I’m going to collect over the gardening season so that I can keep up with what works, timing & planting, germination & planting and comments I don’t want to forget.

My very own gardening knowledge book.
New chart started this year to nourish my memory!!

I have an old rose bush below the garage that I want to take slips from and try the propagation instructions for six different ways of keeping it going. It’s a beautiful red rose with blooms the size of a dime, heavenly scented, and an over abundance of blooms. I hope I can get at least one or two started to add to my rose garden.

The solar panel and fan have been installed and I’m checking hourly to see how it’s working. New post for that later, maybe tomorrow!!

It feels so grand to play in the dirt in a warm space!!!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

6 thoughts on “The Seeds Arrived”

  1. You are so organized… I am jealous I do not have time to do that with my garden. Usually I am lucky to get it in. I hope things turn out really good for you this year and maybe one of these years I can get organized like you are. I am excited to see how things turn out for you. Keep posting when you plant and things come up 🙂

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  2. Oh, Rita, are you having fun or what?! I read this post out to my husband because I knew he’d love it (which he did), especially the part about the binder you’ve put in place. All this on top of everything else you do. So much joy in growing things. Enjoy! And happy spring!

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