time to grow yet?

Introducing our website! We will have a ton of information here soon, though it's now in its infancy. We are looking forward to taking many hundreds of beautiful photos that contain plants and harvests (and are experiencing a bit of cabin fever thinking about it), and sharing them throughout. The blog will be maintained at this address now, as part of the main website.

The geographic transition from the Hudson Valley to here is being felt! It is February, and thus sustained cold, snow, and dry air is completely expected in Wisconsin, but we are feeling surprised by it.

 drive prepared for compost delivery that might occur

drive prepared for compost delivery that might occur

I suppose this is what can happen anywhere in February, aggravated now by the fact that we don't have wood heat and thus are cold, and we are also wanting to work on new infrastructure, like a greenhouse. We are prepared to receive a delivery of locally produced compost and potting mix, as best we can, but the forecast is turning colder by the day, and we may not have enough warmth for those folks to transport compost. 

 straw and storm window cold frame

straw and storm window cold frame

I attempted to create something useful out of parts of the house and straw that is, thankfully, in ample supply here. The first day of its existence, on which the outside temperature did not exceed 20 degrees, it was over 60 degrees in this cold frame while the sun was out! If we can acquire more (and better/larger) glass doors and windows, we could create a daytime home for a significant amount of early seedlings! Such a temporary system would require a lot of daily labor, but what else are we here for?

 390th street to the north

390th street to the north

Here's a photo of a quintessential February sky in this part of the country, clear, blue, cold, and dry. Also featuring the steepness of our road for those who don't expect hills in Wisconsin. 390th St heads north up this hill and down the other side, in the direction of the city of Menomonie.

Thanks for reading!

-pppppp