Hey folks. I know that I haven’t posted in a while, this season has been so busy. But I just wanted to give you all an update on how my 2015 homesteading goals have been going so far.
So this summer has been insane. I am currently working two jobs, so I haven’t been able to post much, but I wanted to update you all on some things that have been on my mind lately.
Most of us eat much less variety than we think we do. Based on what research you read the exact numbers may vary but one study found that only just 15 crop plants make up 90% of the world’s energy intake. Moreover, just 3 crops (rice, maize, and wheat) provide 60% of the world’s energy intake. In fact many of the common vegetables we eat are all varieties of the same species.
So in my area of upstate New York it’s still pretty early in the harvest season. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m at a further disadvantage because of the lack of sun in my yard. Many crops will not mature in shade, other crops will just take longer to mature.
There’s nothing like a few free plants to get things going in the garden! In the past couple of weeks I put in a lot of plants and made a lot of progress with the germinants I started from seed. May is always an interesting month to garden in central New York because you never know if it’s going to be warm and sunny and perfect weather for starting plants or if it’s going to snow. Despite the frost scare on Friday night (seriously!) this year it has been relatively warm so far, which is good news for my seedlings, many of which are taking off. I’m still keeping what’s left of them in a cold frame just in case! Continue reading