Spring has finally arrived here in the Northern Berkshires. It’s been a whirlwind Fall and Winter here at 328North, but we’re geared up and excited for this year’s growing season. Our first fall here, in 2014, we built the first three garden boxes; where we planted the asparagus and garlic. Nothing was more exciting than seeing the first spears of asparagus and garlic peak through the dirt!
We are entering our fourth growing season here and I’ve never been more excited! The past three seasons have presented us with many rewards and challenges, which have lead us to be more successful. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned has been about the varieties of vegetables and herbs will do best in my climate. Because of these lessons learned, Mother Earth has given an abundance which allowed us to preserve, freeze, store, and share our harvests with our friends and neighbors.
Winter is always a time to contemplate and plan for the coming season. Because of our success in saving seeds last year, we have an abundance I’ve been able to swap with other growers nationwide. Seedlings have been started indoors and the greenhouse has been cleaned and prepped for incoming plants.
We’re always trying to figure out ways to make our homestead more successful for us. A tree fell on our large coop last year and we haven’t rebuilt it yet. Because we added twenty-five chicks to our remaining flock of six hens, we have decided to rebuilt the coop beyond the berry patch and fruit orchard.
There are many changes to our homestead this year and we wanted to share our progress. The three links below are for each section of our homestead. If you would like the a tour, and/or interested in any starter plants, contact either one of us.
Matt & Tu
It’s always nice to take step back and appreciate the work that the two of us have accomplished in three years. So proud of our little homestead!
Asiatic lilies blooming just in time for solstice
We’ve been busy here at 328North working on a lot of outdoor projects, but I’ve managed to get a jump start here in our zone 5a. If there is any advice I can give to other gardeners is to PLAN. Being organized and prepared allows us here to have food that last us through the next growing season. We’ve been lucky enough to still be eating produce we’ve preserved, froze or have stored in the cellar. Here are some of our seedlings, starts, and perennials we have coming up so far.
Asparagus (planted 2014)
purple magnolia snap pea
Thom Thumb peas (bush)
Magestic & Laxton’s Progress peas (vine/shell)
German purple garlic (hardneck)
purple majestic Kohlrabi
California early garlic (soft neck)
Rhubarb (planted 2014)
Radish (watermelon, cherry bell, French rose)
starts in the greenhouse
Tomatoes (Yellow Icicle)
lemongrass (planted 2015)
“If you follow every dream, you might get lost.” – Neil Young
“Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer were a very notorious couple of cats.
As knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians,
Tight-rope walkers and acrobats
They had an extensive reputation.
When the family assembled for Sunday dinner,
With their minds made up that they wouldn’t get thinner
On Argentine joint, potatoes and greens,
And the cook would appear from behind the scenes
And say in a voice that was broken with sorrow
“I’m afraid you must wait and have dinner tomorrow!
For the joint has gone from the oven like that!”
Then the family would say: “It’s that horrible cat!
It was Mungojerrie – or Rumpleteazer!” –
And most of the time they left it at that.
Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer had a wonderful way of working together.
And some of the time you would say it was luck
And some of the time you would say it was weather.
They would go through the house like a hurricane,
And no sober person could take his oath
Was it Mungojerrie – or Rumpleteazer?
Or could you have sworn that it mightn’t be both?
And when you heard a dining room smash
Or up from the pantry there came a loud crash
Or down from the library came a loud ping
From a vase which was commonly said to be Ming
Then the family would say: “Now which was which cat?
It was Mungojerrie! And Rumpleteazer!”
And there’s nothing at all to be done about that!” -T.S. Eliott
“Woman, I can hardly express, my mixed emotion at my thoughtlessness, after all I’m forever in your debt.” – John Lennon