Chicks, seeds, and Cold Frames

 I potted up my little mini soil blocks into the bigger ones. This picture is from a
 few weeks ago- this is cabbage. Napa and the left and Red Express on the right.

 We got some more chicks! 5 Rhode Island Red, 2 Buff Orpington, and 1 Red Production. Last year we had 8 chicks. One ended up being a rooster so we gave it away, then 3 got eaten by predators. Now we are down to 4 hens. Hopefully this year we can keep more of our chickens alive. We have plans to build a legit chicken run on the back portion of our garden. I will share progress on that when it happens (which I hope is soon). The boys kept asking me if we are keeping our hens from last year, and the answer was yes. They are laying lots of eggs now yay!

 I put Cam to work building me cold frames so I could set out my cabbages early.

Here's the finished frame. I'm still waiting for the row covers to come in the mail :)

 After many failed attempts, I made my first successful artisan bread. The tricky part was I only wanted to use a sourdough culture as my leavening. I also wanted to create a bread that was not just white flour. This is 50/50 white and wheat.

The garden now. We had a dusting of snow!

My overwintered kale and spinach are picking up speed growing and we are harvesting some of that.
I planted my peas last Wednesday. I could have planted earlier but somehow I always get a ton of little projects going on and I get behind.

Seeds indoors right now:
Kale, Cabbage (Acclimating these to the outdoors this week)
Broccoli
Spinach
Mache
Onions
Flowers
A few herbs

Seeds 2017

Christmas #2 came to our house. Or it least it feels like that when I get my seeds in the mail!!

Since there is not much happening in the garden right now, I am carefully planning the garden- seed starting times, transplant dates, and planting dates.

Here are the seeds that I ordered for this year.



Some of these varieties I have planted before and I'm restocking, others are new to me. I save a few of my seeds, but not too many- someday I will do better at that!
Here is the list of what I'm growing this year (although they may be subject to change a bit!!) from seed or root:
All varieties are from Bakers Creek unless otherwise noted. Also all are open pollinated except the fennel.

* = new varieties I'm trying out.

Bulgarian Giant Leek*
Ho Shi Ko Bunching Onions
Dakota Tears Onion (High Mowing Organic Seeds)*
Zebrune Shallot
Southport Red Globe Onions

Siberian Kale
Curly Scotch Kale
Chinese Hilton Cabbage*
Mammoth Red Rock Cabbage
Express Red Cabbage (Peaceful Valley)*

Fennel- Precludio- this is a hybrid
Bloomsdale Long standing Spinach
Broccoli Watham 29*

Lettuce
Little Gem*
Merlot*
Crisp Mint*
Cimmaron*

Arugula
Garden Cress (Peaceful Valley)
mache*

Sweet Potato-
Beauregard
Omani Pink

Kelvendon Wonder Pea*
Sugar Snap Peas
Oregon Snow Pea

Herbs 
Thyme
Dill
Cumin
Genovese Basil
Thai Basil
Cilantro 
Lemongrass*

Radishes
Dikon*
French
Cherry Belle

Potatoes- Yukon Gold*

Tomatoes
Jersey Devil*
Amish Paste
Lucid Gem*
Black Cherry
Black Vernissage*

Peppers
California Wonder
Tam Jalepeno
Canary Bell
Red Cheese
Emerald Giant*

Carrots
Nantes
Atomic Red

Cucumber
Muncher*
Tendergreen Burpless

Watermelon
Ledmon*
Ali Baba

Cantaloupe-Hales Best

Summer squash- Lemon

Winter Squash
Buttercup*
Waltham Butternut*
Cushaw

Parsnips-hollow Crown

Sweet Corn- Who gets kissed (High Mowing Organic Seeds)*
Popcorn- Mini Blue*

Beans
Calima (for fresh eating)
Good Mother Stallard (dried)*

Ginger root