Watering was also the order of today today.  The ground was so dry, it was cracked in some places around the garlic!  The rhubarb and artichoke are doing well, but we couldn’t resist swiping a few stray strawberries for our back garden..


Finally got some seeds started from the batch tropicalhomestead sent me. Tons of pomegranate seeds planted in a pot on the left. And then the royal palm seeds are soaking overnight next to a rooting mystery bulb

“Three o’clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can’t sleep, I am so happy.”

— Anton Chekhov, About Love and Other Stories (via larmoyante)

(Source: laughingbear)


What a nicely descriptive name: this is spring beauty (Claytonia virginica). The bloom is male on the first day it opens, and female on the second. In this picture it’s displaying its male side, with prominent pink pollen-rich anthers. Tomorrow, these will bend back and the center will open to reveal the female parts.

That’s hot.


April 14th —Can we go outside?

I know I have been vacant around here, but that doesn’t mean I have not had an easy carefree time growing my seedlings. 

Basically a couple weeks ago my plants were all looking majorly sad. In fact if you look at my top picture of my tomato plants you can still see a few scraggly looking seedlings.. Well.. imagine ALL of my trays looking like this 

The week before I was fighting leggy seedlings and replanting and the replants are HUGE now and are mass planted in the two larger pots. I fear though that they too are also becoming leggy and wanting to lean over, because it was been extremely rainy and cloudy around these parts. We had a couple nice days of sunshine, but mostly grey skies as of late. 

So back to the scraggly plants.. I was freaking out. I was almost certain it was a phosphorous deficiency, but in order to be safe and not ruin my plants by sprinkling in bone meal, or buying pricey fish based fertilizers.. I asked a local organic farmer who taught me how to start my seeds a year ago. He told me the soil was looking to dry. 

He was right. Basically I was starving my plants and withholding enough water for them and with the T8 light zapping up their excess moisture. they weren’t holding in anything, so I gave them all a good soaking and wouldn’t you know it…. two plants turned around… then a couple more turned around and I am almost back to a nice group of tomato plants, and not to mention.. my cauliflower took right off! It’s amazing how much it has grown in as little as a week, all because of water!

It was a bad newbie mistake, but I learned my lesson!

My plants are ready to head outdoors.. (especially my broccoli), but we’re a couple more weeks away and I am hoping that everything can be patient until then!! No more disasters, plants, OKAY!?


(Top Tomato plants, Middle Left: Cauliflower Middle Right: More Cauliflower Bottom Left: Broccoli Bottom Right: Bell Pepper plants)

Thanks for sharing. Mistakes are just important as successes if you learn something!


Wisteria is growing all over the farm. Pretty and fragrant!