I found a blog today I really like. Preserving Abundance is a new blog by Kathy Harrison, author of the book Just in Case. There seems to have been a shift in the 'preppers' world, from doom-and-gloom to living sustainably - something many more can embrace - and this is the focus of the new blog. Kathy still has her "Just in Case" book blog, but this one is expanded, with photos, videos, recipes and more.
Still thinking about spring planting, and wondering if Fayette Seed is open yet. I've been sorting out what to plant and where - in the garden or in pots. One thing I want seed for this year is onions. Boy, do I feel like a dufus. I have been planting sets each year and wondering why I never get any full-sized onions. Maybe everyone else already knew this, but in reading the seed catalogs more carefully, I think I have figured out that sets only grow scallions, or bulb out a little bigger, like golf balls. For full sized onions I need an "intermediate" variety for this area (which I knew) and to grow them from seed! Duh! Onion seed can and should be started now, since they take a long while to grow, so I am ready to find some seed.
I have grown carrots in pots before, and want to try them again. Shorter, stubby varieties are recommended. I will still grow eggplant - one of my favorites - back in pots this year, and bush beans. Peppers did so well for me last year, but I don't need any more hot ones, I may try sweet banana, or some other type of long roasting/baking peppers. I don't think I will do potatoes. They were fun, but take up a lot of room. Leeks in the big pots the potatoes were in, tomatoes, my usual herbs.......
Just one more chicken story...... Gracie laid her first egg this week. I thought she had earlier, but it was Dolly's. I found her, sitting in a corner of the coop, eyes wide open, making little scared noises, like "I don't know what's happening.." Abigail settled in beside her and began to make comforting 'twirring" noises. Like a midwife, Abigail coached Gracie through laying her first egg. How sweet! But they have all been on strike ever since! Nothing else for a week! I can't complain though. It is winter - and a blessing to get any eggs at all during these months.
Truffle is out playing and doing his favorite thing - chasing the cats. I feel him nuzzle my ankle from time to time while I type. Fiona, on the other hand, is more obviously trying to crawl into my lap. Why is it they love me best when I'm on the computer?