It is Spring at the Farmhouse. A time to put plans into action, to enjoy as much fresh air as we can to clean up both inside and out. Join me today as I plant a new flower bed, shop for seeds, make hummingbird nectar, and enjoy a beautiful spring day here at our city farmhouse. I hope you enjoy today’s video and post.
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It is spring here at the farmhouse and we have been getting so many beautiful sunny days. This means it’s been daily garden work both in planning and executing.
I just so happen to get my Johnny Seeds catalog this week. And even though most of our veggies are already planted I like to add things to the garden as the season goes. I have selected a few extra seeds to add in later as I begin harvesting.
This time of year it’s time to give the hummingbird feeders a good cleaning and make a new batch of nectar. It is just 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. I add that to a sauce pot and warm it just until the sugar dissolves into the water. I keep a batch ready all spring and summer long. But if you store it in a glass container, be sure to take the lid off once in a while as the nectar will ferment and can cause an explosion. Something I, unfortunately, know by experience.
One of my absolute favorite things about spring and summer is all the bouquets I get to cut and bring inside.
Spring is such a beautiful time of year, everything feels like a fresh start.
The chickens are laying their eggs again and the daffodils have began popping up. I am going to grab a few to bring in with me.
This is the time of year where I keep a pair of scissors and a basket each time I come out.
A new addition to our garden this year will be a brand-new flower bed. Just under our pecan tree. I have worked on the dirt patch area for a while now, adding leaf mold and allowing it to age. It is now time to clean it up, clear the brush away and get it planted. I also need to redo my compost pile. In the winter it blew down.
Each year I manage to save seeds from most of the flowers I grow. I think this is actually amazing. There was a time I didn’t know that plants gave their seed at the end of their life. And that is one of the magical things that has struck me as a gardener. To realize and be a part of such an incredible cycle.
The seeds I have ready to plant today are zinnias and a few sunflowers all from last year’s garden. Both are incredibly easy to grow and make beautiful bouquets.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
Another beautiful thing about the season is all the farmer’s markets are opening back up. I grabbed these beautiful strawberries yesterday and I think it’s time to make some strawberry lemonade.
I try to use honey in place of sugar whenever I can and I find using 3/4 cup of honey for every 1 cup of sugar in a recipe works pretty well. So that is something to keep in mind if you try to limit sugar in your kitchen as well. A great recipe to try for spring is my Strawberry Basil Lemonade and you can the swap it for honey or use sugar for it. Either way, it is a refreshing drink for spring.
Thank you so much for joining me today for a bit of spring at the farmhouse.
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