Thursday, January 27, 2011

I know it's not Christmas, but I have this song

chorus stuck on my mind......."It's the most wonderful time of the year" Yes, I'll admit it, I have an ear worm ;) Around and around it repeats, and mentally I am sporting a broad grin, can't help myself one bit.

And why is that?

Because it's planting time, that's why!!!

My seeds are in, the garage mini greenhouse is built, plastics and media ordered, and starting very soon, I'll be filling trays and setting seed. YIPPEE!

By Saturday afternoon I should have dozens of flats filled, and placed under lights to begin the first plant of the season. I'll be starting with lobelia, and then successive plants will follow as the weeks roll on this spring. This time, I'll try to take more photos to track my course and progress-and to share here too.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

For those that listen quietly and read

between the lines, what is happening in our world, I offer this article:

This is all about eroding your rights as US citizens, about undermining our freedoms to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". It is all about globalization of nations, economies, natural resources, and so on.

Do you think that the groups who are so diligently working to halt all development in this state, are doing so with grand ideals? Wrong. Take a look at their financial and organizational ties, then get back to me.

Way back when I read about UN Agenda 21, I was shocked, appalled, and pretty upset to realize that this has been an ongoing campaign for over 40 years. Recently, I read the foreward of a marvelous book called "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America". Here's a link-and trust me, you won't look at our educatinal system in the same way again:

Included is the blueprint, the mechanism by which this is fostered, the people who orchestrated the raiding of your rights......for decades.

There are very few people who recognize the scope of the movement, the implications, the consequences. It is a huge snarl of trade treaties, pacts, resolutions by various branches of governments around the world, the pervasive nature of the buzzwords that have crept into our lives via politicians, main stream media, and all the way down to the local level such as advisory committees, devlopment guidelines, and so forth. It is everywhere, if you bother to look.

I feel like the canary in the coal mine.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Incredibly bad weather so far......

It was just a week ago that we had temperatures into the lower 40s. This caused a huge amount of accidents and mishaps because there was literally standing water on top of ice just about everywhere.

Then it turned off cooler and traction improved...always a good thing. And then today we have another big wind storm. Winds are forecast to reach gusts of 75, and I have a hunch we've already exceeded that here at work. I can hear gravel and dust hitting the east wall and the one window is dancing in its frame as usual. This wind is more easterly so I am not hearing the rebar bracing in the shop making aracket at least. But I am sitting here in my office listening the howling and wondering what all is being damaged outside. I have at least a dumpster's worth of trash caught up on the fenceline to the east....and more inside, carried by the very strong winds.

Last night things were in a bit of a shambles in the barn, so some re-arranging was done to keep things inside where they belong. (And yes, that includes the hay being fed too) I did manage to get a new round bale safely unloaded with a good friends' help-without her expertise it would have stayed on the truck, lol Everyone was okay this morning but as always, I worry.

Even the dogs don't want to go outside, and who can blame them? Supposedly a contractor is needing an item today, I told him I would not open the gates unless I had help. I have a hunch its blowing too hard for them to work safely and it will wait a couple of days-just like the load of tanks that's waiting for me in town.

On the sunny side of things, I got my seeds! Yippee, yahoo, and I can't wait to get something planted at home!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Oh my!

In order to get my new website up and running, I needed to prepare a list of the vegetable varieties I'll be growing this year. To that end, I began the project yesterday afternoon, and continued with it this morning.

For each variety I decided to include a little text about the plant, so that folks will know what to expect and maybe a personal comment or two. I was working my way down the list and then realized how many pages I had generated. Idly, I counted up the varieties, and found over 70!! That's right, over 70 varieties to start this year alone!

Gadzooks, how did that happen?

It includes some flowers, such as lobelia, nasturtiums, alyssum and etc that I am starting for either my own use, or resale. But oh my gosh! That is a very scary number. Each variety is going to have multiple flats too, haha!

Here is what I can remember:

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages. Zucchini and patty pan squashes. A bunch of different pumpkins. Peppers, tomatoes, lettuces. Swiss chard, dill, and celery. Cucumbers, sweet and miniature corn, brussel sprouts. A fun miniature cucumber, perfect for making sweet gherkins. Not the entire list, but you get the idea.

When I am on here whining about having no space and thoroughly exhausted from planting, tending, watering, shuffling flats, and turn them-you'll know why, lol

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hello, 2011!

And good riddance, 2010!!

I am sure glad to see the end of the year, aren't you?

All in all, 2010 was a challenge for almost everyone I know. It seems everyone had some sort of ongoing crises or trouble, whether from losing or not being able to find a job, to losing homes and businesses, to family or health issues that were difficult and trying.

I don't need to recap the long list of follies passed by Congress and signed into law in 2010. Heck, I don't even have enough space on this blog to post the text of the bills! Since my focus is growing food in quantity, I was disheartened (to put it mildly) by the passage of S510. It is awaiting the President's signature right now, if it has not already been signed.

The masses, otherwise known as sheeple, have no idea how this is going to impact their lives and their ability to grow their own food. There are so many bad things contained within the bill, I think even supporters would be surprised. But with the broad powers handed over to the Secretary of Agriculture, I expect to see some very troubling regulations being mandated in the next two years.

Because of that, one of the first things I am planning on doing, is to start talking to local legislators and representatives about establishing Alaska's right to protect their own food supply. Vermont is already far ahead in this area, and perhaps Alaska could adopt something similar to this: Alaska is a sovereign state so I am hopeful I can get others on board with this idea and we can create a movement to rectify the federal governments' intrusion into the backyard gardens of homesteaders across the state. Food security should be a notable issue here anyway. It's a good article, and worth a few minutes of your time to read it, I promise.

Another item of my list of "must do" right away, is to revamp my existing website. I basically need to dump everything that is there, and then put up one suitable for the greenhouse business. Going hand in hand with that will be a FB and blog, and so forth. You can't get by these days with a simple phone listing, or an expensive (but seldom read) print ad campaign. I have some ideas in mind for this, and hopefully it will come to fruition sooner rather than later, lol

Other than that, we're doing pretty well here. We've had several days in a row of very warm temperatures for this area, which has made driving (or even walking and standing!) iffy at best in most areas. The chickens are thrilled to be let out of their coop, and the horses at the barn are getting a little spring snort to them.