A journal of our day to day; homesteading and homeschooling in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Warm sunny days at last
Finally! It is going to be another beautiful sunny warm day here in Interior Alaska! Yesterday was warm and sunny as well. I am a little sunburned, mosquito bitten and a bit stiff and sore. I spent hours shoveling, turning beds and digging up the top layer of weeds which are between the rows, which was almost, literally, back breaking work. Yesterday we planted onion sets. Today we are putting in a second row of peas, turning the greenhouse beds, and starting to turn the next beds in line. We have yet to put any live starts in the garden with the exception of the onion sets. I suppose I could have put potatoes in, last week. Our ten day forecast is looking great, and if could actually rely on it, I would be planting broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage starts this week. We've got a couple cloudy days coming up which would be a nice time to plant starts. We'll see. I've got twelve trays of starts I'm moving outside each day to harden off. I think most of them will benefit from one more week of babying before I throw them out to mercy of the elements. I was thinking of asking what it is that you guys are all planting right now. But if you are already picking peas and strawberries, I don't want to hear about it. (smile) Wishing you all warm and sunny spring days!
We are a family of four (with one more on the way), living in the Arctic Boreal Forest above Fairbanks, in the Interior of Alaska. I write about our simple life and trying to keep our life simple in a day when the typical American life is anything but. When I first started writing this blog I had a toddler and a baby and we were a growing homestead. I wanted to share our day to day and all the lessons we learned along the way, from mixing our own chicken feed to goat kidding season and cheese making. As our children have grown, home schooling has really taken over and I have had to examine every aspect of our lives to keep our days simple yet fruitful. These days you will still find me posting and sharing pictures of our chickens and garden, berry picking and salmon processing. I also hope to be writing about home schooling decisions and lessons as well as other interests and hobbies the kids and I explore. Reader interest and feedback is what keeps me writing, so please leave lots of comments!
The here and now of our homestead is what I'm writing about. Compelled by a sense that we are participating in something significant, heading back to our roots... this is my attempt to share what we are learning along our journey. For those of you on similar paths, whether you are raising kids, a flock of chickens, a couple goats or run a farm, well I'm hoping to learn from you as well, so feel free to put in your two cents!