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Sunshine on her way to the garden

Sunshine on her way to the garden

Last weekend was Patrick and my first time at the farm in a few years. It rained almost the whole weekend, so we were not able to get much done outside, but we did do some fantastic planning for the garden.  Sunshine and I decided what vegetables, flowers and herbs we are going to plant and came up with a great layout for the beds. Now, this will all probably change as we start laying seed to soil, but its a great launching point.

The dogs were in ecstasy all weekend running all over the place and getting wet and muddy and loving every minute of  it. We are so grateful for the rain and looking forward to some sunny spring weather to start planting. This week I will be setting up a temporary grow room here in Asheville to start sprouting some of the vegetables that we will transplant mid-april into the garden. Sunshine has already started sprouting several varieties of seeds and will add to the collection. 

I have to say, of all of us, Paul was my hero this weekend. He decided to take revenge on the poison ivy that attacked Sunshine last weekend (she’s healing now, thankfully). Paul pulled out the chainsaw and took out several vines over 3-4 inches in diameter. The poison ivy juice was flying and by the time he got into the house and into the shower, his arms and neck were starting to swell. After some poison ivy soap and cold water, the swelling disappeared and so far so good, no sign of a rash. So, if you ever think you’ve gotten into poison ivy, wash in cold water with poison ivy soap and wash all of your clothes right away. The oil can stay on clothing for several weeks.

Here are some photos we took over the weekend. Enjoy!

What beautiful art we make together

List of crops and our basic garden layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's our creative station for developing the garden plan

Brainstorming Session

Patrick whippin up a farm breakfast

Patrick whippin up a farm breakfast

Captain Paul - Destroyer of poison ivy

Captain Paul - Destroyer of poison ivy

Paul's Fort

Paul's Fort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy dogs, happy people

Happy dogs, happy people

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looks like we will have to be careful when working in the garden and land this summer.  Last weekend, unknown to Sunshine and Julie they uncovered enough poison ivy to send them home  itching for the rest of the week.  Long sleeves and gloves will be the fashion of the season. Sunny had planned on using the load of weeds pulled from the garden for mulch or possibly burn it in a bonfire. Guess we won’t be doing that. The good news, I hear, is that  the soil is looking really spectacular; full of worms and clumping perfectly when grasped and released.

Meanwhile in Asheville, I have been writing crazy lists about what we could do with the farm and Patrick and I are really looking forward to a great big brainstorming session when we get together over the weekend.

Besides a very large vegetable garden, here are some other ideas we have been tossing about:

Medicinal herb garden so we can produce our own line of medicinal herbs, log grown mushrooms, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, an outdoor kitchen, sauna, yurt, tent platforms, outdoor showers, bee boxes, sweat lodge and a mud room attached to the house.  I dream of hosting educational tours, workshops and retreats on the property. Yoga retreats, garden tours, sustainble living workshops, sweat lodges and intimate gatherings with close friends around a great big bon fire while swapping songs and drinking homeade mead and beer.

Let me state right now how exciting this project is to my family and how much we look forward to what will surely be a gloriously beautiful and crazy ride.

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