February 18, 2013

Homestead Happenings

We have had a lovely weekend of more snowy weather!  Luckily, this time it was mainly wind blowing around a very little bit of snow, but it did make for some not so fun conditions to get outside in.

I had great intentions of getting some seeds started this weekend, but it hasn't happened yet.  Luckily, we found out Friday afternoon that Matt actually had President's Day off.  Now, I know that most people enjoy this Monday holiday, but this will be the first time since college that Matt hasn't been working on President's Day.  Seriously exciting news!

Our chickens seemed to have weathered our crazy Maine winter quite well.  I have been nervous every night that the temps got really cold, or the wind was really strong.  Surprisingly hardy, those chickens!  And, this past week we officially had all the ladies laying eggs again.  Our two araucanas gave up laying right around Thanksgiving...apparently they needed a break.  Our 6 white leghorns gave us 5 eggs a day through the coldest parts of January and the beginning of February, but are back to laying 6 eggs each day now.  So we are back in the egg business!

My kids are itching to get outside and start digging in the dirt (as am I!).  As soon as those seeds came in the mail, Emma decided that it should most definitely be spring, and we should be able to plant outside.  She absolutely loves the snow, but I think the draw of giant sunflowers waving in the summer breeze is calling to her.

Today I plan to at least start tomatoes.  We shall see how it goes.  I haven't ever started tomatoes from seed, and I know that I will continue to rely on my lovely backup greenhouse if it all goes badly.  Perhaps I should rely less on the greenhouse...then maybe I would make sure that my seeds get started on time, and that I have good seedlings to put in the ground come spring!

What is going on at your homestead?  Are you already planting?  Still looking at a snow-covered garden?

Linking up at Clever Chicks, Homestead Barn Hop, HomeAcre Hop


  1. Thinking about starting some seeds here too. Hard to keep the tomatoes from getting stringy when starting inside...

  2. My husband had today off too. But oddly, my oldest had school today!

    1. My nieces are both in school today too...very strange!

  3. Congrats on the chickens picking up production for you, that always makes me feel that spring is just around the corner! I started tomatoes indoors for the past several years. For me, one of the secrets has been to transplant them into bigger containers often. It helps keep them from getting too leggy and develops a nice strong plant. Have fun playing in the dirt, even if it is inside! :)

    1. Thanks for the tip! Tomatoes are my favorite thing to grow (maybe because it is my favorite thing to eat!), and I would love to figure out how to grow tomato seedlings well so that I can grow a lot of different varieties. I am always nervous about starting seeds, and still rely on the greenhouse a lot :-)

  4. Our egg production is back in gear as well! I think they know spring is coming soon :) We have been trying to get some lettuce seeds planted outside, but it keeps raining! We need to till up the garden before planting, but the weather keeps putting our plans on hold.

    We have started seeds indoors for several years now, and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. When they don't work we just buy the seedlings from the store! A lot of our seeds were getting too leggy because the grow light was too far away, and we often crowd them too much. We are still learning!

    1. I am still learning too! I think it might be a life long endeavor for me :-) But, it is still so much fun, I can't give it up, even when everything fails!

  5. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  6. I'm hoping to plant veggie seeds this week as well. I have a portable greenhouse system that has been successful to me in the past. I'm hoping to include a post featuring it in my blog next week, so I'll be taking pictures of the process so I can share. Can't wait to get into the garden!
    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, TX
    (visiting from Homestead Blog Hop)

  7. I would love to have you link up to The HomeAcre Hop this evening!

  8. Those chickens sure sound awesome! Glad they've done so well! And seed time already!! I was just starting to wonder today about starts, etc....

  9. Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!!! Can't wait to see what you share this coming Thursday :) Here's the super easy link to the next hop!

    If you haven't checked out Wildcrafing Wednesday yet, please do! :) It's a hop I co-host for herbal remedies, natural living, real food recipes, and self sufficient living. Here's the link for tomorrow's hop:


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