We do a lot of home cooking and today gave us a first chance to test out the new pasta maker.
There is snow and ice on the ground, the garden a sheet of dangerous but beautiful stillness and we are busy looking at seed catalogs.
The secret, one of many, to a big healthy summer garden is the behind the scenes work that must get done in the middle of winter. Mostly though, we spend some time reading and creating other projects, because come early spring we will be in the mud building out our garden once again.
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!
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.
“If you follow every dream, you might get lost.” – Neil Young