What's been happening on the farm this week? Besides a late winter snow, I've reinstated my green thumb, turned crystals into liquid gold, allowed my kids to play outside their usual boundaries and ultimately, lost a large amount of weight.
First, the snow...
|The view from my living room window.|
|This is how country kids roll.|
|Don't know what kind of bird this was, but it was very intent on grabbing a quick meal from the turkey yard.|
Then there's the green thumb...
I've been carefully saving our eggshells for months now, in order to re-purpose them as seed starting containers.
It's very important when starting seeds indoors to use a potting mix specifically for this. Especially when using eggshells. Regular soil is too heavy and holds too much moisture, which causes the seeds to rot, not sprout.
Or, so I've heard...
I filled each egg about 2/3 of the way full with the potting mix. Using a squirt bottle, I sprayed the dirt, not a lot, just enough to moisten the soil. Since I hate wasting seed, I dropped 2 tomato seeds into each shell. Finally, I lightly covered the seeds with more dirt.
Labeling is very important! I had some old plant markers, but craft sticks (Popsicle sticks) work well too. After lightly covering the eggs with plastic wrap, I placed them under the grow lights. In a few short days, summer will seem closer than ever!
Which won't be soon enough for my wandering triplets.
|Wynken, Blynken and Nod have left the building...er...goat shed.|
How do you know your honey is truly raw?
Because it does this...
So I did this...
|Only simmer on the lowest setting.|
Now it looks like this...
Only 11 more jars to go!
And finally, the biggest weight loss I've ever experienced.
And I mean, ever.
|Me, before...according to Matthew, Gracie (niece), and Levi (nephew).|
Somewhere in between, I kind of lost my head.
But we'll save that for another day.
This post is linked to The Homestead Barn Hop.