Hope

In the depths of darkness, there is always a spark of Hope, if we are willing to see it. When we bought this place and moved out here, we were warned a few times by Hubby’s friends who farmed in their early years…Summers will give you the highest of the highs, but Winter will bring you the lowest of the lows.

It’s true, I tell you. Winter is very trying some years anyways, oh, but this year…between record snowfalls, crazy drifting and bone numbing cold, it’s been tough. This winter has definitely shown us how tough we can be!

Ah, but there is hope, like I said. We’re 2 days away from March. A few weeks into March, seed starting begins. Tomatoes, and peppers. I have a very good selection of heirloom tomato seeds to start this year. One of the plans for the farm has always been to have a small-scale heirloom seed business. Much of what I bought this year has been with that in mind, as well as, what will grow in this zone.

Cottage Gardener has been a great resource…

Seeds from The Cottage Gardener.

Seeds from The Cottage Gardener.

Included here were seeds that I must have in my garden, and, weather willing, hope to have for sale next year. Seeds like “Aunt Ruby’s German Green” tomato, and “Painted Pony” bush beans. How can I resist the Painted Pony beans? They are, in fact, named after the American Paint Horse…which I have a gorgeous speciman of out in my pasture! Yes, Cookie will become the new face of the Painted Pony Bean…at least the ones Midnight Calico Farm will have to offer. 🙂 Same with our own Ruby, she will be the face of the Aunt Ruby tomatoes.

I also bought seeds from T and T Seeds this year.

T and T seed purchase

T and T seed purchase

Giant bags of:
1. peas ~ hopefully, I’ll have enough to put some jars up this year.
2. carrots ~ I didn’t have a chance to can any carrots last year, so we’re totally out. This year, with a much bigger garden, there will be more carrots to can.
3. kidney beans ~ this is a new one for us. We love home canned kidney beans, and they are supposed to grow very well in our climate. It’s worth it, imo, to give growing them a try.

I still have some of the white carrot seeds I ordered from Baker Creek a few years back. Us humans didn’t care for them-they are a forage carrot-so I’ll grow a plot of them for the horses.

Once we start seeds, I’ll share pictures of the fantastic light stand we were gifted. We have some amazing friends, who were also neighbours in the city, and when we moved out here, this was their house-warming gift to us. I cannot wait to use it. No more kitchen table filled with seedlings, and, where we put the stand in the basement, I can close the door and keep cats out. No more vomited up tomato plants on my pillow. Yay!

In all, I have 14 varieties of tomato to start, 2 bell peppers, plus a package of mixed color bell peppers. Chances are I’ll start a few hot peppers as well, just because I love them.

Spring will also bring the chance to plant trees. Goodness gracious, we need trees! I have bought 6 different apples, 2 pears, plus 2 pollinators for the pears(which, apparently, the fruit is not tasty to humans, perhaps for horses, and later, bison?), 50 Colorado spruce, 60 white cedars, 40 Villosa lilacs, and finally, 5 poplars. I also bought 14 haskaps (honeyberry) bushes, and 2 wolfberry plants <- aka goji berries.

There will be lots and lots of planting come the spring! That’s my little spark of Hope in the darkness of this Winter. 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Hope

  1. sue says:

    Wonderful post; Since you and I share the same winter, this was such a nice post to read today with the -46 wwc. Ahh, I can smell the growing things… 🙂

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    • WolfSong says:

      One of the things I do every morning is rise to greet the sun. It’s my daily devotional. This morning, I fought it, I didn’t want to get out of bed, I just didn’t want to face another day. Not yet.
      Just as I pulled the covers back up, I thought… This isn’t me. I get up every morning, I greet the sun, I plan the day. No way am I letting Old Man Winter beat me. No way.
      It was my epiphany. My wake up call. My spark of Hope. So, I thought the blog post needed to be about Hope, because sometimes, that teensy weensy spark is all we have to cling to. I’m clinging as hard as I can!! LOL!

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  2. Judith says:

    You are ahead of me— I am still at the list stage of planting. I read over and augment my lists, however. T&T is, thanks to you, one of the catologues I patronize.

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    • WolfSong says:

      Judith, I’ll be popping those tomato seeds in the mail for you as soon as I can get to the post office! Hopefully, they’ll make it in time for youse to get them started for this spring planting season.

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  3. gail says:

    have already ordered some perennials for the remaining empty spot. trying to keep the amounts reasonable. hard this time of year.

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    • WolfSong says:

      The urge to plant is so strong, I look at the catalogues and want to buy all the things! LOL! I have so much space this year, and so much I want to do with it, I have to be careful to plan things just right.

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  4. Toosh says:

    I got a warm fuzzy feeling reading this….:)
    You are so right about seeing the calendar turn to ‘March’. It really gives hope that Spring must be out there somewhere, if only I squint hard enough to be able to see her…..yooohoooo–over here!!!
    You will tend to the Farm and see the landscape change so bountifully in such a short time, your plans are just what Mother Nature ordered! All your animals will love it out there. It’s nice how they fit into the names of the seeds.

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