Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Seed panic!

Yikes! It is already the end of March! I have lots more seeds to start namely herbs! I haven't even begun to think about them yet. Tonight is the night. I did prep some seed starter on Sunday - I'm trying a new recipe for this batch. Worm castings, perlite and a little bit of peat. This is the first time that I've worked with perlite - so far I'm on the fence. We'll see what its like tonight after its been hydrating with my castings for a few days. It seemed pretty sharp so I don't know how well that will work in my soil block maker.

The potential farm truck that we looked at in Wisc on Saturday turned out to be a dud. It was all fine and well until Bill took it for a drive. Upon return, pretty near a gallon of antifreeze came pouring out of the bottom and there was oil on the engine that was smoking. We don't expect it to work perfectly of course, but a potential cracked transmission was more than we were willing to take on. We're rethinking truck options. We want something reliable but I'd like to not take a car note. We'll keep looking.

We buried Miss B on Saturday. We like the grave digging and we each talk and laugh about memories. We've done this with each of our other two pets buried at the farm so we repeated the process. We were able to cry and then fill the soil back in the grave with our hands. Its a very spiritual experience for both of us. Bill then found a good stone and chiseled a 'B' on it. He did this for our dog and our other cat too. This was our 3rd pet euthansia in 2.5 years - it sure is hard to watch them age.

4 comments:

fullfreezer said...

Too bad about the truck. Hopefully something else will turn up soon.
I agree with your idea of grave digging for the pets. We have buried 3 dogs and a cat in the past 6 years and there is something so soothing about putting them to rest.
Hope your seed starting works out for you.
Judy

Barb and Steve said...

So sad to lose your animal friends. Glad you could bury him at the farm though.
I haven't finished my seeds either. I started broccoli & cauliflower this morning & am going to do more tomato tomorrow morning. Hope the new soil mix works for you. We are for sure going to the farm this weekend. Might snow..but I don't care:-)
Barb

angie said...

Hi Judy - thank you. I've had friends say 'oh I couldn't do that' but I think its a fitting tribute to all they have done for us.

Barb - have a great time! We are meeting with our tax guy this weekend - I'd much rather be in Wisc! :)

Barb and Steve said...

Thanks Angie!
We found our truck while driving out in the country in IL last year. We saw several "for sale" along the road at farms. Hope you find one soon.
Barb