As soon as the calendar turns to the New Year, I start counting the days until the arrival of spring. Once the holiday decorations have been safely put away inside the farmhouse, I’m ready for Mother Nature to do the same outside.
Of course, we live in New England, so there is plenty of winter left to endure before we’ll see the first signs of spring. I can’t do anything about that, so I’ll accept that it will be months before we can begin preparing the gardens and planting our first seeds.
Yet I’m still dreaming of spring and days spent outside working the farm. Until then, I’ll be hard at work inside the farmhouse. I’ll pass the time writing, sewing, and daydreaming of that first day when we’ll happily return to working outside in the sunshine .
While I’m dreaming of that day, I’ll be busy making an 1840 Farm Spring Collection of items for The 1840 Farm Mercantile Shop on Etsy. There will be aprons in pink, green, purple, and blues. Of course, there will be plenty of handcoiled fabric baskets in colors perfect for Easter.
A few items from the spring collection have already been added. Visit our shop and take a look!
The Easter table at 1840 Farm will have a touch of whimsy this year: at least for a few moments. I know that my son’s white chocolate nest place card with candy coated eggs won’t stand a chance. The eggs will be history in a matter of seconds. Then the nest will fall prey to a six-year-old who loves both white chocolate and coconut.
I can almost picture his plate with only the small flag remaining where the nest used to be. I won’t mind a bit. I’ll be happy to have made something that brings beauty and deliciousness to our table in the same bite.
In a matter of weeks, the newest batch of day old baby chicks will make 1840 Farm their home. For the first time ever, we’ll be adding a few fancy bantam hens to the mix. After they arrive, there will be an unending supply of adorable baby chick photos and videos to share along with product giveaways and money-saving offers. To make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun, follow 1840 Farm on Facebook to get the daily news from the coop.
This morning, a welcome sight made its first appearance in the flower gardens at 1840 Farm. The first daffodils have emerged and brought some much appreciated spring color to the flower beds. It won’t be long and they’ll be joined by colorful blooming tulips.
The mere sight of them made me daydream about planting the vegetable garden and spending entire days tending to our gardens in the summer sunshine. Aah, to dream!
Hello, spring! The temperatures at 1840 Farm this week have been summer-like and we’re taking full advantage. We’re constructing raised beds and installing them in the garden to expand our growing area. We harvested some beautiful bearded iris (Iris germanica) bulbs that are available for sale at the farm.
Today, we’ll be starting the first flight of our vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Add in our daily farm chores, and we’ve been very busy farmers for the first week of spring.
Here’s a look at the raised beds in progress and a photo of the bearded iris in full bloom last season. It won’t be long before we’ll be seeing these beautiful blooms in our flower beds. I can’t wait!
Behold the beautiful power held by the first day of spring. It’s a day of promise for everyone, but especially for those of us who love to tend the soil and plant a garden. It seems that I count the lingering seconds all winter long to remind myself that spring really is on the horizon. Now we’ve made it and it’s time to mark the occasion by dreaming of the coming summer’s garden.
In my recent post announcing the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange, I had mentioned that the seed exchange would kick off on the first day of spring. Well, if there’s one thing that farming and gardening has taught me, it’s that flexibility is key. A farmer has to be ready to change course at a moment’s notice, willing to throw off their best laid plans and move organically in the direction that time and nature allows them.
I’m doing just that with the 1840 Farm Seed Exchange. When I proposed this project, I never imagined that gardeners from around the country would still be signing up two weeks after I had invited you all to join. In fact, the entries were still fluttering into my inbox yesterday afternoon.
I don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, so I am extending the entry period in order to allow more readers to sign up and participate. On next Tuesday, March 27, 2012, I will send each participant an Email with the name and address of the person their seed packet should be mailed to. In the meantime, please encourage your gardening friends and family to join us. The more people we involve, the more interesting this seed exchange, and our resulting gardening seasons, will be.
To make things a little more interesting, I’ll be awarding one lucky participant an extra prize: a collection of heirloom seeds for planting in their garden. The collection will include some of the beloved varieties grown here at 1840 Farm. I have been busy researching heirloom seed varieties and collecting a few to plant here at 1840 Farm . As you can see by the collection on the kitchen table, they include vegetable and flower varieties that will be finding their way into our 2012 garden. I will be sharing a few of these with the lucky winner. Several of them are species discovered during the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804-1806. I can’t wait to plant them in our garden and see them for myself.
If you would like to receive more than one seed packet (and send more than one packet) simply fill out the form as many times as you would like to participate. The seeds you share can be saved from your garden or purchased from a store. Gardeners and farmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome (end encouraged) to participate.
Good luck to all of you who participate. I’ll announce the winner of the 1840 Farm Seed Collection on March 27, I promise! Until then, I’ll be busy readying our gardens for planting. Mother Nature has decided to give us temperatures thirty degrees warmer than usual, and I’ll be taking full advantage. Like I said, a farmer has to be flexible, especially if it gives me an excuse to spend more time in the garden.
The spring 1840 Farm Seed Exchange has closed for 2012. If you are interested in participating in the 2013 Seed Exchange, leave a comment below and I will contact you next spring when the details are available.