One thing you learn about fall gardening is if you are going to have greens like these through the winter, you should have started them in mid-August. If you did, you will thank yourself all winter. Your chickens will thank you too—as this Buckeye back at the old Larrapin Garden did.
Larrapin Garden has been in transition this year as we moved back home to North Carolina. This required getting a rental house and that has not been good for gardening as I am loathe to plant in a place I’ll only be a few months, even though my wiser inside-voice says to plant wherever you are, no matter how long you think you will be there. So here are some used deli containers I’m going to use to start some fall seeds.
I’d like to say I’ve overcome my dislike of rentals, but that would not be true. Instead, we have found and fallen in love with a home and the magical five acres around it in the high mountains above Burnsville, NC. If all the stars align and the fates allow, we hope to close on our new home this coming Friday, the day before my birthday.
Needless to say we’ve been asking everyone we know for good energy, thoughts and prayers that all will go as we hope. As a kind of ‘act of faith’ I’m starting seeds for some fall greens in a garden I hope to begin very soon.
This required getting out the big seed-stash box. Unlike most of my belongings that are still packed, I knew exactly where this box was.
So that’s lettuce on the left and my own “Larrapin Kale” on the right. I’ll use these little trays to start the seeds till they are about a half inch tall, then will pot up into newspaper cups. And if I get really really lucky, later this fall there will be some lovely raised beds in this pretty spot by the stream, the possible, hopeful future home of Larrapin Garden. I’ll keep you posted!
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