Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Has Arrived

I love springtime! All the trees budding out.  The green of the new grass. The sight of little veggies popping up in the garden. Warm days and cool evenings. All sorts of birds doing their spring thing.  There is a family of hawks somewhere close by.  I don't know why hawks fascinate me but birds of prey always have.

There has been alot of planting going on at the Pioneer Living homestead. The actual size of the of the gardening area is close to two acres.  One of the acres is done using plasticulture.   Check out the video for more information.  Very Cool! It already appears to be working out really well.  Most everything has started sprouting already!  Things around here are getting ready to be really really busy.  Mars and I were talking today about what all has been planted so far.  I actually get overwhelmed when I try to wrap my mind around it.   There are several varieties of lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, three types of cucumbers ,zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, green peas, pinto beans, blackeyed peas,  purple hull peas, cauliflower, Tabasco peppers, bell peppers, yellow bells, serrano, jalapeno, banna peppers,two varieties of cantaloupe and watermelon , turnips,  brussel sprouts, okra, egg plant,  four or five varieties of tomato's, radishes, three or four kinds of potato's, carrots, spiniach, several kinds of onions, corn, bush green beans, and beets. I am sure this list is missing information but that's all we could think of this evening!  Peanuts will be planted when it warms up a bit!   This is a HUGE plot of veggies.  I can't wait to see just how everything will do. And I have to admit I am a little intimidated.  I've never been involved with a plot this big!  All of us are going to be busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking fight before you know it.

There will be baby bunnies- probably tomorrow. One of the does is pulling fur and ready to bring on some spring babies.  I hope she does ok this time because John (Pioneer Living) says this is her last chance. She has a "history" and if things don't go well this time she's gonna be Stewed Rabbit.  2 small litters and having 4 baby's born out of the nest this winter has put her on a hit list!  I wish her luck and will let you all know how things work out.

The Red Wasps are out in full force here.  I hate them!  They are getting in the house from somewhere and we haven't  figured out where they are coming from.  The other night one crawled under the covers in the middle of the night and stung Mars TWICE on the thigh.  At least this time his head didn't swell up to the size of a watermelon!  Ticks are starting to run around too. LOL as I am sitting here writing this a stink bug just flew in and landed on my monitor!

Its gonna be a buggy season.

(if you were wondering that's Mrs. Pioneer Living watering the corn)


  1. That *is* a lot of veggies!

    Sorry to hear about the rabbit. Our doe just gave birth last week. She's a good mama and all of the babies were born in the nest she built. The babies have their eyes open now and we should start to see them wandering a bit in the hutch soon.

  2. Gotta love spring! The "peepers" just came out for the first time last night. We've been listening for them. The bear made his spring visit in an attempt to get any garbage...foiled! lol

  3. Now that's a big garden! I wish I had enough "get up and go" to do one that big.lol.

  4. That pic is only 20% of it....lol Oh if I had more area cleared we would plant even more. lol

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  6. sounds like you have your hands full with the garden. Its going to be a lot of work, but I bet it will feel good to have all that stuff put away for winter munching

  7. Thanks everyone for stopping by. There will be updates as things happen. I'm tired just thinking about it! LOL