Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why this picture is scary.

The first seedling to emerge. Rhubarb.
I’m just going to put this out there: these seedlings are scary. Terrifying.

I’m excited, but there is something else going on too. I don’t see signs of success – I see signs of imminent failure.

Okay. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic.

We’ve had just about everything happen to our seedlings in the past. From forgetting to water them, to not enough sun (we have a grow light this year), to too much water, to the cat ate the plants, to spindly ones, to starting too late, to – just forget it and buy a few starts from the nursery.

Starting seedlings inside can be easy if you have your head on straight. Like ours were when Joel and I were first married and had an awesome veggie and flower garden.

But you have to have that head on straight and keep it there for 2-3 months. And over the course of 2-3 months of starting, thinning, transplanting to bigger pots/cups and observing, other things tend to take priority and I just momentarily forget about the weepy, spindly plant or the cat that just threatened to eat the starts. Before I know it, it’s happened: the cat has them hanging out of her mouth, or the plant is down for the count before I could say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – probably because I forgot to say that too!

I'm good with research, sorting the facts, and planning, but not so good at timely memory. I need lists and schedules nowadays if anything is time sensitive - like starting seeds at the right time of year.

And this year - we really want this to work to save us money in the food budget. So it's much more intimidating. It's not just for fun anymore.

I think our detailed starting schedule will be a huge help. Hopefully all our lists and planning will pay off and we don't sabotage them with forgetfulness.

But hey! You are along for the ride. I no longer have a blog that I blog at “every once in a while”. I can’t just “forget” to record when we totally fail! And not that I record our entire life's details – but I enjoy recording about our homesteading in particular, the successes *mumble, mumble* and failures *mumble, mumble* - okay, maybe the failures aren’t as much fun.

Let's raise our coffee cups to "starting somewhere" and "keeping our heads on straight".


I shared this at:
The HomeAcre Hop
Green Thumb Thursday
Simple Life Sunday
Homestead Barn Hop
Simple Saturday Blog Hop


  1. Aww, I want to give you a big hug! Learning curves with plants and animals are painful. I've had my share a seedling failures, including munching cats. I'm sure if it was possible you would have your babies were furry mosters can't get to them. Also, why not set an alarm daily to remind you of the plants? Eventually it will become routine. Wishing you best of luck with your green growing things!

  2. Haha. I totally need things like alarms! My new problem is that I set so many that I just mute them all. Thankfully, the seedlings are locked away from the cat this year. And I haven't forgotten about them yet... Future plans are to make a greenhouse so that they are a chore just like taking care of the animals. Somehow we forget things that happen outside the house less than we forget things that happen inside the house! Thanks for the encouragement! I sure hope they make it without a problem this year.

    1. Sounds like you are off to a good start this year! I'll be keeping an eye out for updates :)

  3. I have been snooping all over your blog for the last week (so glad to have stumbled onto it!), and it's just delightful! Lurking around blogs can make me feel like a stalker- ha!- so I want to step out from the shadows, and say "Hello!" What I love about your blog is that you remind me so much of myself at your age, but also, as I am now (I haven't changed that much, and I'm not *that* old!). My own two children are now 16 and 15 years old, and the 'young family' stage is behind us, but my heart is still back there sometimes. My husband and I were high school sweethearts and married at age 20, and we started a family right away. Many people thought we were too young to know who we were yet, or what we wanted, but we've proved them all wrong- are as in love and happy as ever! God has really blessed us. I share your love for the 'old fashioned' way of doing things, and just the joy of figuring out the 'how.' My friends think I'm a little bonkers to want to bake bread from scratch all the time, make my own yogurt, or grow a crazy veggie garden on the front yard of our city lot. But I love it, and over the years, I've just learned: that's who I am. I admire your courage and willingness to just be yourself even if you're 'alone' in some of your interests, and I admire how you trust God to take care of you in all circumstances. Your blog is well-written, thought-provoking and interesting! Thanks for letting me 'lurk' about.
    -Ashley Dunham (in Alberta Canada)

    1. Thank you for coming out of the shadows, Ashley! Your comment was absolutely one of the sweetest and most encouraging! It really is difficult to live the way we do sometimes but it's so nice to connect with people who have similar likes and lifestyles online. If your kids are 16 and 15 and you started a family so young - you are not old! lol. It does sound like we are a lot alike.

      It was so wonderful to hear the things that you took away from reading my posts - I'm so glad we come across that way, especially when you mentioned that we trust God to take care of us in all circumstances. We strive to make Him the center of our lives and I'm glad that comes out in the blog. Glad you found me and your are definitely welcome to continue to 'lurk' around. But feel free to join in on the conversation too! - Michelle

      p.s. I hope you get this response, because I see that I have no way of responding to you since you are Anonymous. :-(

    2. :) :) :) Many blessings! --Ashley

  4. I have three indoor cats that can't wait to eat anything that grows - whether it's seedlings or cut flowers. So I keep seedlings in an out of the way place they can't get to, and then I forget to water them. Sound familiar? I hope we both have better success this year! Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

    1. Oh yes. Sounds very familiar. Thanks, I'll probably be there!




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