"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Seeds arrive!

When we were in southern Arizona on a mini road trip we were amazed at the cotton fields that we saw. I thought that cotton grew in the humid south and not the arid, dry areas. Once I saw the fields I knew that I was going to try and grow cotton. So I ordered cotton seeds the other day, and they arrived yesterday!

Photos are all from Onalee's website, which is where I ordered the seeds at a wonderful price! I have ordered many things from online, and my order from Onalee's was the fasted arrival ever!

What else did I order?

Luffa/Loofa/Loopha sponge gourd seeds...what is neat about the Loofa, is that you can eat it in its early stages and it taste like squash, or you can eat the flowers, and of course you can dry the Loofa for a bath scrubby!

Pindo palm...it is a quick growing palm that has an over abundance of fruit that is edible. With the farm, anything that can provide a surplus for the animals is a bonus for us.

I cannot share how excited I am to have new seeds to plant on the farm. This year we have worked hard to build control garden areas, due to the rabbit population that we fed last year. I did not order from the traditional places that I always ordered from, and instead ordered from several companies that provided organic heirloom seeds. I also bought seeds of foods that are native to the region I am in, and are used to harsh dry environments.

In addition to these unique garden items, we will be growing a large herb garden, tomatoes, garlic, onions, jalapenos, zucchini, crookneck squash, pumpkin, acorn squash, cucumber, sunflowers, cantaloupe, beans, peas, bee drawing flowers, turnips, cabbage, radishes and maybe more I am probably not thinking of everything. As we have done before we will be salvaging rain water(in the monsoon season) and using gray water for all of our crops, as water is a precious commodity here in the southwest.


lady jane said...

I'm in NorCal and when making the trip to SoCal down I5 or Hwy99 to visit family there are miles and miles of cotton fields..and vegetables..and nuts..and fruit. But cotton, yes. Beautiful. :o)

I'm fairly ignorant about gardening but am learning, bit by bit, sometimes trial and error. Early this morning (5:30) I was outside enjoying the early morning cool and a cup of strong coffee and noticed that golly gee it's time to harvest our broccoli! Wheee! I'll steam it tomorrow for supper along with pasta, sundried tomatoes, fresh baked bread...yum.

btw, please thank your son for serving his country. For the freedoms we hold dear but all too often take for granted, I humbly thank him.


~~Deby said...

this is such a wonderful list...I cannot wait to see some pictures as your crop comes in...the loofah squash...well you know, I just DIDN'T know..can you explain what heirloom seeds are?
My new area is almost all shade, where the ground is..and physically I just can't do it..I mean right now, unloading the dishwasher, making the bed...well do those two things in a row and I have to sit or get flat for a hour...when I say sit,,,it is in a recliner, pillow behind my back, legs up....so you see..not sure where I could fit the gardening in, I am so jealous of those who do and so impressed by your ability to do such research....
btw, Jane..been that route MANY times myself...when we lived down south in sunny CALIFORNIA----

Humble wife said...

Lady Jane- I have learned by trial and error. I seem to have the brain that needs to see to then do. So keep plugging away!

Thank you for thinking of my son, but he like so many others is doing what he believes in-defending our nation.

Humble wife said...

Hi Deby~~ I guess I answered via the phone!? I hope so!Jen

~~Deby said...

yeppp----and it made my day...anytime..Jennifer..praying for your family and their health to return

Humble wife said...

Deby!!! right back at ya!!! best part of my day in the vitamin d was my chat on the phone!

MightyMom said...

gonna be an interesting harvest for ya!

Humble wife said...

Sarah- I sure hope so!

Ace said...


I love that you are going some unexpected things...not just like beans and corn and stuff. These things are really cool.

Keep us updated.

Many Blessings :)

Humble wife said...

Ace--I pray that we can make them grow. Farmer Bill is the greatest at figuring out all the watering and soil! More to follow for sure.

Susan said...

Mickey was originally from Tennessee where cotton use to be king. Not much any more. We were amazed the last time we were in your area to see all the cotton fields!!!!!

Humble wife said...

Susan- I am not sure that cotton will be King on the farm, but I am intrigued to have this opportunity!! And yes it seems quite adaptable in this region!