Green bean update: we have beans!

It really did feel like being a kid on Christmas when I walked into my sunroom and saw that tiny bean pods had started to sprout from my green bean plants! 

As some may know I used 7 gallon grow bags for my green bean plants, and had some reservations as to how they would turn out. I must say I am very pleased with them so far! All of my plants seem to be thriving with them, so I am optimistic on this first phase of my garden! 

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Weeds, weeds, weeds

So, growing season on Colorado can be super exciting. When I moved to Eastern Colorado, I took advantage of the knowledge gained by the many farms around me, and got a consistent guideline of: DO NOT GROW ANYTHING UNTIL AFTER MOTHERS DAY. It’s practically the 11th commandment out here. So I stash my seeds away, and try not to get too enthusiastic about the weirdly warm weather. However walking out and touring my future garden I notice SO MANY WEEDS. 

I’m no fool, I know these suckers will grow just about anymore, but I feel like I just blinked and there they were! So this morning, brand new weeder in hand, I set to the task of weeding my plot of land. 

No one was more confused by this task than my dog Pineapple, who has had the pleasure of me chasing her out of my plot on a regular basis. Upon seeing me digging weeds up, she decided to help in places with weeds, without weeds, etc, and about an hour later, we gazed out over a weed free plot. In the mean time…Will be researching more effective ways of weed control. 

Covered Garden Box Adventure!

True to Colorado, in one week I have had glorious, sunny, 70 degree days….quickly followed by freezing rain, and finally ending in a few inches of snow. This got me thinking about my spring time gardening aspirations, a lot of resources recommend starting your garden after Mother’s Day. However as Colorado is famous for…the weather can literally change in the blink of an eye, and I have been experience to a handful of June snowstorms in my lifetime.

Bearing that in mind, my not so secret addiction of pinterest showed me the wonderful world of covered garden boxes. The one plan I settled was maybe a little too ambitious for my novice DIY skills: http://swingncocoa.blogspot.com/2013/04/covered-green-house.html, however it did fit all of the requirements I had in mind: solid frame, a critter barrier, and a solution to the freak cold days.

Garden box

Now this is not completely completed yet, I plan on adding chicken wiring to the pvc piping, and some type of a plastic cover over that to protect during the wind.

Holy green beans

When pondering what veggies to grow I immediately thought of green beans. I just love them with just about anything. Being a novice cook among other things I have also come to appreciate that it is really hard to mess up cooking green beans. Anyways….So when I first invested in some seed starters, I figured I had some time to get the rest of my garden supplies together since at literally any moment we Coloradans could be subject to a snow storm.

Jiffy pods provided the necessary soil I needed and the added bonus of a lid, I could recreate greenhouse conditions in my relatively dry climate. With seeds successfully planted I happily drove to town for my three days of work, and upon returning….

Holy green beans…..Seeings as it is still February in Colorado, some creative thinking is required to keep these babies alive until the ground thaws. Yes yes…Looking back now I realize perhaps starting later this whole ordeal could have been avoided, but here we are. Enter grow bags! Happy little felt bags to place plants in that allow them to both continue growing while being cheap and mobile to allow to but many at once, and move them on and out of my sunroom as needed.

We shall see how this goes in the coming week…

Overly Ambitious?

Before we moved into our house we were living in an apartment. I had big dreams of having a huge garden someday, maybe some chickens, maybe even a goat? So to keep the dream alive my mother got me my first book on homesteading. I’m going to be frank, going full-blown homesteader seemed terrifying….while the idea of producing all the goods we would every need in our very own backyard…..I really liked netflix, and my own personal laziness factor made the whole thing very daunting.

So while perusing my homestead book there was a piece about only growing what you will actually eat. This seems like it would be common sense, but I can attest that once you get into that seed aisle you want to grow IT ALL. So after doing some research on veggies that would do will in the temperamental Colorado climate, and good beginner veggies that could hopefully survive my novice gardener skills, I settled on: carrots, green beans, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, and various cooking herbs.

Fun fact: Seeds are small…that does not mean the end product will be, so when calculating out how many seeds to plant I thought 12 was sufficient…surely not all of them would survive initially. Well they did. So next adventure for tomorrow will be planning out grow space….wish me luck!

The Beginning

I truly feel that all of us have a handful of years in our lives that are game changers. Within these 365 days, our lives will change so drastically that looking back, it’s all a blur. 2016 was one of those years for me. In the course of just a few months I managed to graduate from nursing school, get married, and finally buy a house all before closing out 2016.

We had relocated to a much more *ahem* rural area. Quite a change from the busy Denver I had been used to. While this provided many opportunities for a culture shock, I came to realize a back yard would mean I could finally entertain my dream of being a homesteader. So here we go, here’s to a new year, in a new house, on a new adventure!