I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi
No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb
As you can tell by the interesting shadow patterns in the yard, the shadows are very long, the sun still very low in the sky, plenty of winter yet to come, . . . .
But, Mother Nature sees fit to give us little reminders that Spring is indeed on its way.
Signs of Spring outside:
Signs of Spring inside:
And now for a moment up on the soapbox:
Jason and I here at Raven Mist Farm believe in growing our farm in tandem with Mother Nature. While our chickens don’t have the run of the whole place (they’d eat up all the good plants too, if we let them! LOL!), they are pastured within the confines of their area. We rotate their yard space to allow things to grow naturally for them to eat and they eat any hapless bugs and worms that wander into their space.
We also grow our veggies, fruit and flowers naturally. We use companion plantings, natural fertilizers and compost to enhance growth and deter pests. We are planting only heirloom seeds purchased from companies who have signed the Safe Seed Pledge.
The Safe Seed Pledge:
“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe
and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who
want an alternative,
We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families
or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that
genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is
necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support
agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy
people and communities.”
I recently read an interesting post over at Henbogle about our dwindling seed diversity. We have already lost so much plant DNA. Raven Mist is going to do our part and try to grow a couple of endangered plants each year, save the seed and share.
Sorry, rant over! Gotta finalize our plans for this year and finish up our seed orders, . . . only 2 weeks away from starting seedlings indoors!