In that time we have gotten SO much done. We cleared the driveway, acquired a camper (which is how, in turn, I acquired my fix it man, but that is a whole entire cute story in of itself), cleared a tract for the power lines, had power put in, got a shed in, got a water system hooked up to the old well.... the list goes on. Until now this has mostly been preparatory stuff. Either for long-term residency in general, or for the farm. Mostly for the farm. Everything has been an indirect path to farmness.
Until now. I have seeds in dirt people. This is super effing exciting. I have a secret fear that NOT A SINGLE THING will grow, and I will remain unemployed AND not have a food supply, but I did get my paperwhites to bloom in a sub-zero camper (ssshhh! Don't remind me of the chemicals they lace those things with. Give me the points, OK?) so I'm feeling ahead of the game so far.
I did decide to start stuff indoors (I don't actually have anywhere for any of it to go outside yet. Yet, she says, optimistically....), but my shed is not insulated. So I had to come up with some creative ways to keep the little seedlings lit and warmer than the frigid air in there.
A trip to Lowe's later, I got something rigged up, and stuff in dirt. Woot!
|That is a boot mat. And tin snips. And an LED rope light. This will (in theory) provide heat for the little seedlings. Just enough to keep them from getting too too cold.|
|I *may* have gone slightly overboard with the whole zip tie thing, but I was having fun.|
|All trimmed up and ready to be covered in plastic. They're actually rated for outdoor use so they *could* get wet, but I drilled holes for the zip ties, so....|
|The plastic sheeting that I happened to have had on hand for the greenhouse/cold frame I didn't build.|
|That's right. Celery root. Suck it.|
|On the lights, under the dome. Ready to go.|
|The family jewels.|