Farmer Franny- February- time to Start Seeds indoors

When it’s cold outside, get your greens growing inside……… 

February is the month to start your seeds indoors!  You can get a 1-2 month jump by starting seeds inside.  It’a easy and can be done in your kitchen and it is a budget friendly option that allows you to grow many varieties not available at your big box store. Besides, it’s nice to have green things growing again!

We have some amazing local garden shops in Asheville like Sow True Seeds, Fifth Season Garden Supply and LOTUS that already have seeds in. Planting native and non-GMO are a great way to go!

Jan/beginning of Feb in our Zone 6 garden- plant outdoors in 10-12 weeks  (*Truth be told, the ONLY time I’ve been successful with organic brassicas (like broccoli and cauliflower) has been when starting them indoors and planting early)

• Artichokes • Broccoli  • Cabbage
• Celery • Endive  • Escarole
• Kale • Mache

Mid-February in our Zone 6 garden- plant in 8-10 weeks

• Chamomile • Chives • Eggplant
• Lavender • Rosemary & Tyme
• Leeks • Lovage • Parsley
• Peppers • Tomatoes

Farmer Franny’s Tips & Tricks:

Use sterile seed starting mix, pots and containers.You can make your own seed starting mix with peat moss, compost, and vermiculite. Just be sure to heat the compost to at least 150 degrees to kill any pathogens before using to start seeds.

Place the seeds in the starter mix in the pots and wet thoroughly from the bottom (watering from the top can dislodge seeds).Water from the bottom wicks the moisture up under the seedlings. I put my seed starts in a plastic tray with a clear plastic lid in a sunny window. Keep moist, but not wet, and with the clear cover on until seedling emerges. Once seedling emerges, remove the clear lid.

Make sure you label your seedlings as soon as you plant them; you may think you will remember 2 months from now, but likely not.

Now is also a great time to start keeping a journal- tracking what you planted, what worked well , what didn’t work so well 

Your seedling’s first leaves are not “true” leaves; think of them as baby teeth. The second sets of leaves are their true leaves. They are ready to be hardened off when they have their first set of true leaves.

Seedlings must be hardened and not just thrown outside. You take them out a little at a time, gradually increasing their exposure to sun and cold, only during the daytime. I try and plant when there is a warm spell forecasted to minimize the shock.

Have Fun! No worries! There are plenty of stores to use as a back up if your first seed starting adventure goes a little awry………..

To Grow Something, Is to Have Faith in the Future

Lamb Jam is happening Saturday, May 7th

Mountain Lamb Jam: produced in collaboration with Blind Pig, Jeff Bannister of Bovinche, and Craig Rogers of Border Springs Lamb. The Lamb Jam will be an afternoon and evening festival celebrating pasture raised lamb and ethical meat here in Western Buncombe County.

Lamb Jam will have live music, a ethical meat workshop with Meredith Leigh, and “tasting stations” with several featured chefs during the day. Dinner will be a wood smoked and pit cooked family style meal served at dusk by several chefs collaborating. 

WHERE: Buncombe County, NC     WHEN: 3:30-9:00PM, May 7th

Proceeds benefit The Homeless Veterans Foundation of Asheville (ABCCM)

Farmer Franny “For the Love of Lambs”

For the Love of Lambs… Oh how glorious it is to be a farmer some days. Days like when baby lambs are born. If you are a parent, you know that feeling of loving something so much! Oh so much. I get a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes to talk about it. I wake at 3am in 14 degree weather to make sure the newborn lambs are safe with their mamas. I haul water out multiple times a day when it’s below freezing. I smile from every cell in my body as I simply stare at those sweet babies.

Such a miracle of life that is strong yet so fragile. I have the deepest appreciation for healthy lamb births because of several tragedies we’ve experienced. I have laid on the freezing ground in mud and poo, spooning a mama sheep with my legs wrapped around her pregnant belly, rubbing her head resting on my shoulder, speaking soft words “good mama, it’s going to be okay” over and over. All the while, my good husband is up to his elbows in her uterus delivering the lamb. The lamb hardly made it 15 minutes and died in my arms. We were fortunate though, within a few hours mama had delivered a second lamb all by herself and it was healthy. I’ve got countless farm tales of love, inspiration, horror, compassion and adventure to tell as part of my blog. Stay tuned and share.

It’s FUN to FOLLOW the most current moments on our website homepage and see all the instagram pictures taken in the pastures. No posing here, just real grit.

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