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The peas, lettuce and periennial herbs are growing right along, and we planted some broccoli, cauliflower, and sage starts as well as carrot seeds this past week. We're under a frost advisory overnight tonight, thankfully I've got varieties that can withstand light frost ;)

I will set out my seedlings we started in the house this coming weekend. The following we will be planting seeds and starts at my parent's place out in Hillsdale County. They sold their house here in the city and will be living there permanently soon! I am working on encouraging Dad to let us till out more gardening space for him (so we can try some new things we don't have room for here hehe). They've also got 2 pear trees, 2 apple trees and wild strawberries on their property as well.

I've been checking out canning recipes, but am going to have to get a pressure canner. I just used hot bath in the past for pickles and dill beans, I really want to use the pressure canner for soups with meats that I plan on making this fall for the winter.

It really has been a blessing in disguise that things did not work out with the land we had been looking at. We realize now that we would have been getting in over our heads- we don't need so much square footage and heating that place would have been big money. I guess with the way the MI economy is, it's just encouraged us to be even more frugal (not that we are big spenders to begin with) and strive to be debt free sooner than we would have been if we'd bought that land/home package! Everything happens for a reason!

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Comment by Cornelia on May 10, 2010 at 11:45am
Thanks Carrie! Sorry that the house/land didn't work out. Are you staying put now or are you still hoping to start farming?
Comment by Carrie Seal-Stahl on May 11, 2010 at 1:15am
For now, we will be staying here thus the expansion of the garden areas. I've started a few painting/update projects in the meantime so when we sell we can get more for it. We're hoping it will be a year or less. We decided that we'd like to put down more $$$ and get a slightly smaller home for the land anyhow. That way we can look into more sustainable options (smaller house=easier to heat!).

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