Thursday, April 9, 2015

april 09 2015 welcome

morning everyone.  welcome to the new look for homestead barnyard.  we finally have enough of the gardens planted to take a much needed break to work on the web site.  we have a new look.  my computer guy has installed links directly to our etsy account in the product sections for the leather products and added a place to talk about what we are doing each week.   our hope is this will make it easier for our customers to navigate the site and travel around within the pages.

the gardens are tripled this year with the addition of the farmers markets.   the greenhouse was built in january for seed starts,  its been an important part of staying ahead with the seasons.  this last year was a mild winter as arizona winters go. but it was still too cold at night for seedlings and the greenhouse had us ready to plant as soon as the sun set its pace for spring.

our gardens are planted with heirloom seed and organically farmed.   im sad to say that we are already moving past the winter crops and into spring production.  im going to miss some of the gardens greens that we planted for the winter crop.  we had mustard greens, collards, red russian kale, curly kale, swiss chard, and some early spinach.  most of the greens are now producing the seeds we will need for the next winter crop.  the honey bees are doing their job to help make the seeds. arizona climate is very warm in the summer and some of the greens just cant take the heat for june, but the greenhouse let us prepare the next season of plants to replace them while the greens were feeding us and our market customers.

the garden expansion now has some of the root crop in the ground along with multiple types of  beans and cabbages, cucumbers, radish, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet corn, and the garlic.  the tomatoes are prepped in the greenhouse for placement in the ground.   i hope they will be planted next week.  the tomatoes seem to have consumed all of the shelving i could spare in the greenhouse.  at last count about ten different type will be planted.  im sure that will be another blog.

the fall garden is being prepped today and fenced for gourds, melons, and pumpkins.  i am looking forward especially to the fencing.  the sheep are in the process of getting a new pasture as well, with new fencing and more grasses to explore, however, they have been free ranging within the big fence until their new home is ready.  normally not a problem, but the ram seems to have taken issue with me,  he stalks me, he rams me, he makes nasty faces at me, he then has the gall to beg me for garden greens.  i hope he is fenced next week, im sure i will like him much better when he is behind bars again.  but he does make pretty little black belly sheep.

we have a lot of plans for this summer and i will blog about the leather products, soaps and other items we produce on a later post.  we also are starting a tree nursery,  and a few surprises for later in the summer.

let me know how your garden grows.  if you are just curious about arizona let me know.  i wanted this blog to open up communication with other people so we can all share information and ideas.  we will also talk about living off grid, and what it takes to be sustainable and self sufficient in the desert,  dont raise those eye brows, it can be done.  drop us a line, lets chat.

barry -aka my computer guy, the fence master and ram controller,  and deb-the leather maker and blogger.

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