Seed Saving and Testing

By , February 19, 2017

Five days ago I made “seed burritos.”  I wasn’t actually that hungry, I was checking to see how the seeds I saved from my garden would germinate.

The process was simple. I wet a section of paper towel, placed 10 seeds on it, wrapped it up like a burrito and placed it in a plastic bag. I labeled the bag with the seed type (note to self, add the date next time!). I didn’t seal the bag all the way, and placed it in a warm place. Then I waited.  I checked them every couple days or so. Some seed varieties take longer than others, so I knew to be patient.

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (photo: Michelle L Zeiger)

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (Photo: Michelle L Zeiger.)

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Where There Is No Gym

By , February 16, 2017

This winter, I started a gym routine for myself on the homestead. Why would I do that? Isn’t homesteading enough work?

The truth is, I don’t do that much work around the homestead any more. My job in town takes up a lot of time and energy. Especially in the winter, I’m not here much during daylight hours. Most homestead tasks are easier and safer in the daylight.

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