Spring break in Ontario was delayed and we are finally enjoying a week of R and R. And thanks to increasing Covid numbers, a stay at home order. I have been staying at home.

I could have planted my tomatoes 2 weeks ago, but I finally got 10 seeds into a container today. They are Chocolate Sprinkle grape sized tomatoes – and I love chocolate sprinkle sandwiches. I also transplanted some strawberries that were endangered by the rototiller.

The mint that we had in the pot is coming back – a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t sure if it would. The garlic is coming up in most of the squares, but two are completely empty. Something else will be joining them.

I finally got brave enough to try my hand with this massive tool. It was a short lived adventure. We had too much tension on the main belt and it burnt through. We will be getting two more tomorrow. Always have a back up plan!

To add to the day’s adventure, I also drove our mini-tractor for the first time. I figured it was time, since my grand-daughter is brave enough to do it, too. And that was tense, but I got from the garage to the garden without tipping over. (That’s what I was afraid of!)

Growing Things, April 2021

The chickens are enjoying the feed that is hiding in their manure pile. (Tuesday’s job). My compost bins are moving very slowly (in my opinion), but I’ve been visiting them and moving things around.

The bees are very busy. They have a very good supply of pollen and arrive home with baskets full. Eric started a new hive NUC, hoping that the bees will make their own queen. The new hive is named after our family dog, Baxter, who left us this week.

Our next challenge is to cut some planks. We have a set-up but we need to figure out how it works. Once that is done, we will experiment with deadfall, before cutting the good stuff.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s news.


About Marcia Stehouwer

I have a great life (most days) and a small budget, so being frugal is one of my favourite hobbies. I started this blog after procrastinating for 3 months, on April Fool's Day. I knit, I read, I knit, I work... I am also about a quarter of the way through my goal to lose 100 pounds. So between knitting, working, reading etc., I also do some walking! EDIT: 2021. I am not closer to my weight goal, but moving forward. The budget is still small. We are renting our homestead and progressing towards our family dream!
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