I would much rather be out working in the dirt, building something, or messing with animals however that can’t always happen. I wish I could work on the homestead full time but that can’t happen now, between rain and other work I haven’t had much time to do much other than just maintain the animals. One of the things that we all, and especially myself, need to work on is planning and a good time to accomplish that is when it is too dark or wet outside to do other things.
I should have done it already but didn’t get to it, tonight I ordered seeds for the greenhouse. Today it was just some varieties of lettuce, kale, and spinach. Now that I think about it I should have ordered more than one kind of spinach but I didn’t. I already have some kale so that will be two varieties. I ordered two varieties of lettuce along with a variety pack. The variety pack is problematic since I will have to identify what comes up and I may not know what does not come up.
I wish I could plan better for a sure thing but it seems there is very rarely a sure thing when it comes to farming. Last year I had some plants come up and others didn’t come up at all, onions being one that failed. I wish I remembered exactly where I heard it but I don’t, it is an ideology that makes sense though, plant everything and ignore it! Unfortunately we normally get an idea in our minds and try really hard to plant something and sometimes it just doesn’t grow, failure to thrive! The idea behind throwing many different seeds out and ignoring or neglecting the plants is then you can see what will really grow in your location without having to spend a lot of time on the plant. As an example, I planted two types of raspberries a few years ago, three of each variety. One variety died the first year, the other is like a weed, almost out of control, but that’s how we want food isn’t it? With the raspberries I have I can sell the plants, and get plenty of produce from them.
Some plants aren’t worth the effort unless you really want them for you and you are doing it small, I have to walk a line for now with making my wife happy (grow what she likes regardless of cost or difficulty) and try to grow somewhat commercially. For now the commercial side is just trying to learn what grows and how to deal with the plant and problems, I do have a goal for next year of making $15,000 but if I learn from my experiences and am able to get set up for that income or more next year I will call it a success.
Planning is a must, and even if there is no intent on growing this winter spring is not to far away, at least for the procrastinator!