"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Garden Transition! Fall/Winter to Spring!

To say that we have had a mild Winter is an understatement. While it did get quite cold at times it never stuck around for more than a few days at a time and in the month of January our average was probably around 75 degrees.  With that said, our garden doesn’t know what to do. “Normally” everything would be done by now but we are still getting tomatoes like there’s no tomorrow and our onions and cabbage, brussel sprouts and green bell peppers continue to press on. So we are leaving them alone for now and my hubby is tilling up the part that has been resting since Summer.

This is what the scene looks like right now. The garden extends all the way to that little shed in the back.


Up until now we’ve (meaning exclusively my hubby) been tilling and planting without much preparation to the soil. But hubby’s getting VERY serious about it now. He recently had two dump truck loads of “special” dirt delivered and he and the boys are slowly getting it spread throughout the garden.

Boys and dirt make for a good time! IMG_3608

He is ready to get planting. These are just a few of the seed packets that he’s ordered.


He tries to get organic, Non GMO, heirloom seeds. Plus he saves some seeds from previous crops as well.

Here’s some of our tomato bounty. This is about the 2nd round of mator’s and he just brought in two bag fulls yesterday. I’m making and freezing sauce out of them because frankly I don’t even like tomatoes in their “raw” form. It’s a texture thing, but sauce I use all the the time.



Well that’s the update from the Homestead Garden. I’ll keep you posted on any new developments!

Have a GREAT day my friends!


  1. Oooh, I'm living vicariously through all you lucky people who can garden yearround. To have fresh tomatoes in February when we are stuck with cardboard imported tomatoes.
    It looks like there's a lot of weeding ahead for you this summer!

  2. Woo hoo.. look at those maters!!!
    I was just getting ready to post about our first haul of tomaters .. didn't get as many as you..
    I'm loving this weather too. It's wonderful..
    Oh yea.. speaking of.. I'm supposed to be outside watering.. LOL!!!

  3. Awesome! I should have my husband read this post. I would love for him to get motivated about gardening! What fun memories your family will have!

  4. Are you sure you aren't my long lost twin? I don't tomatoes in their natural form either. All my friends think I'm strange because of it. I like it chopped up fine in salsa or turned into sauces!!! Your garden looks beautiful. Someday I'm going to have my own garden!!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of CAlifornia, Heather :)

  5. Those tomatoes look great. I like your selection of seeds. Happy planting my friend!

  6. That gardening brings back memories for us, working the land at our acreage! You save so much money when you grow it yourself and its fresher! LOL, and put those boys to work!!!

  7. WHilst you are having a mild winter, we are having a wet and cool summer - we have had 1 or 2 hot days, the rest has been like early spring or late autumn. My veggies are struggling to grow with the cold and rain. I'm not asking too much for a few hot days am i!!!

  8. Totally awesome!!! Isn't this weather great? I don't remember ever having a winter like this. We have only had a dudting or two of snow all winter. (happy sigh)

    By the way, does your pile of "special" dirt smell? Lol! I'm guessing it's not that kind of "special" or your boys wouldn't be playing king of it!! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

  9. So awesome my friend! I love seeing all the goodies you get from your garden! Your move has been such a blessing in that way!

    Big even-though-I'm-a-girl-I-would-totally-have-played-on-that-dirt-pile-as-a-kid-and-loved-it size hugs to you! Love ya! :)

  10. Wait a minute...You have fresh tomatoes NOW?????? That's it - I'm packing my bags for your sunny state. See you tomorrow.


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