Month: January 2016

Inefficient, Exhausting, and Wonderful

We’ve been enjoying the warm up this weekend, both because it has been fun to finally get outside some, but also because it makes all these hours upon hours of prep work that we’ve been doing over the past month seem worth it.  A 60 degree day in January is enough to make anyone accept that winter can’t stay here forever. I ventured to the apiary yesterday and was happy to see all of my hives still alive and well.  I went ahead and placed “winter patties” on each hive as a backup/emergency feed.  I’ve never done this before, mostly because I tend to leave my bees more honey in the winter than they’ll probably need.  But after losing two hives last winter, I’m not taking any chances. We were also able to pull the John Deere tractor out of storage so that Lincoln could blow the stink off, so to speak. He’s surprisingly good at driving forward, though going “bagwards” is still a bit of a learning curve.  I mentioned to Audra today that we …

My Happy Little Flower Heart

This week’s post is short because we have been busy planning, re-planning, and then re-re-planning our seed/plant order and bed layouts. We’ve been emailing and meeting with brides who have beautiful visions for their weddings and are fully on board with utilizing what’s in season. And that makes my little flower heart so happy. We’ve also been upgrading and working behind the scenes on our website to make it easier for local customers to order products from us this coming year. We’ve also had some wonderful people sign up for our flower subscription service. We are almost at capacity for flower subscriptions, but we do have a few spots left.  You are now able to purchase a subscription through our website, making that impulse buy even easier! Since we have to place our seed order soon, after February 1, 2016 we will no longer be able to take flower subscription memberships.  So even though we’re in the cold of January, we’re already warming up and getting things set in motion for our growing season. This past …

This Week’s Minimal Viable Product

At our old house in Bloomington, I approached home improvement with an understanding that I knew enough to get myself in trouble, so I needed to take things slowly and remain willing to consult lots of books and YouTube videos in order to make sure I did things right…or at least right enough.  And, luckily, I learned a ton from working on that house.  Within five years of buying it we had wired, insulated, and drywalled the garage, had done total kitchen and bathroom remodels, had replaced the water heater, and had built a (partially) self-designed garden shed from scratch.  But through all of these improvements, I had a subconscious voice saying, “Hey, we’re not going to be here forever, this is good enough.”   We’ve been in our new house for nearly a year already, and as we finally start trying to tackle some minor home improvement, I’ve been met with that same little voice telling me that this will be good enough for now.  But then I remember that when we bought this …

Happy New Year!

We’ve started 2016 with a bang. And by bang I mean I sliced my finger while cutting my son’s hair and the cut won’t stop bleeding, so I get to wear an Abraham Lincoln bandaid on my finger. I also cut his hair way too short on one side. So there goes the Hair Salon side of the farm business we were going to start this year! (totally kidding on that one) The warm December has left us wondering what we should be doing about our hoop house plants.  They shouldn’t be this big yet, and with the cold temperatures, Chris runs out each night to cover the plants with old sheets and frost cover. A few days ago, they all looked frost nipped, but seem to have bounced back okay.  You can also see our super professional and reliable “stick” system that holds the sheets off the plants. It’s probably how the cavemen did it, so we’re going to do it this way too. The daffodils in the hoop house are ready to party, so we’re …