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An Exciting Season Just Around the Corner

Well another day without being able to spread manure. Maybe tomorrow if it remains frozen in the field. I certainly do not want to make a big mess out of the ground by driving over it and packing it all down because it is too muddy. I am going to try it this in the morning and see what happens. I stopped by Rick's tonight and let him know I would be there around seven. Everything is green light go! This whole manure thing has been plaguing me for a week. Hopefully, today we can put it in the past!

Tomorrow afternoon I am going work on the seed room and seed rack. I will start sowing seeds next week. The bulk of my seed order will be here on Tuesday. I have to pick it up at the warehouse. I will also be picking up the seed potatoes and onion sets. It is a little scary getting 200 pounds of seed potatoes and over 130 pounds of onion sets. That works out to about 20000 onions! Of course some of these will be for bunching, but many will be bulb onions for cooking, etc. In Illinois, we have to use long-day varieties. Short-day varieties do not do well here.

Here are the tomato varieties we will be planting this year. We will have a nice assortment of heirloom varieties, and some hybrids.

  • Hillbilly
  • Roma
  • German Johnson
  • Black Krim
  • Aunt Molly’s Husk Tomato (Ground cherry)
  • Aunt Ruby’s German
  • Burbank Tomato
  • Chalk’s Early Jewel
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Djena Lee’s Golden Girl
  • German Pink
  • Livingston’s Globe
  • Livingston’s Golden Queen
  • Orange Oxheart
  • Mortgage Lifter – Radiator Charlie's
  • Red Fig
  • Sheboygan
  • Valencia
  • Chocolate Stripes
  • Earl of Edgecombe
  • Cherokee Chocolate
  • Black Sea Man
  • Copia
  • Brandywine
  • Green Zebra
  • White Queen
  • Primo Red
  • Red Deuce
  • Mountain Fresh Plus
  • Florida 91
  • Sweet Hearts
  • Sugar Plum

 

I am getting so anxious to get started. This is what I really enjoy doing; planting and growing these wonderful vegetables. It won't be long now!

Yesterday, All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away

Have you ever had a day that really did not go the way you thought it should go, but later turned out very productive? Well that is how yesterday went! It started out with finding out the manure was too sloppy to haul. If I was to put it in the spreader, it would have made as mess of the roads. I really did not want to be responsible for an accident caused by manure on the road. I came back to the farm and spent some more time on the seed orders - GOT THEM IN!! Yahoo!! Then I worked on the seed room and rack. I'm not quite done but getting closer. After I slipped and fell on the ice the other day, my back has been hurting so I decided to work on the planting schedule. I was able to get a lot of that done. As I mentioned the other day, there is a lot of work that goes into getting ready for planting season. I feel that yesterday was very productive. I even organized the seed catalogs, receipts, orders, and planning calendars! Yesterday, it's gone and today is here - time to keep on moving!

Today, I am planning to spread manure if it is not too sloppy. There is manure from an inside lot that the rain has not got into. That might work. However, I have to see what the temperature will be around nine. If it is still frozen, I should be able to get a couple of loads in. Unfortunately, It looks like it is going to warm up too fast. If I am unable to spread manure today, I will work on the seed room and rack. Thursday night I teach, so I will need to look over my lesson this afternoon. There is always something to do. So, time for me to go and tackle my day. This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

 
 
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