The Flicker Haven Farm Files-Homestead Hodgepodge

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You know those flitting pollinator insects that you so often see buzzing around your ecosystem? Well, this week thus far I have resembled one of them!

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Teela often watches me with a look of mild consternation and confusion, mainly because I am the bearer of kitty crunchies and was behind on breakfast delivery this morning...

In fact, I feel a bit like a frantic yet industrious honey bee these days, but instead of seeking pollen and nectar, I'm just flying from task to task.

To start with, we are having a rather cold and damp spring, which has caused me to modify my garden and plant-starting schedule. One thing I have learned about North Idaho is that our growing season is literally a crap shoot every year, you just don't know what you are going to get.


So, I have learned to adapt.


One of those adaptations is to both direct seed and start warm weather plants. And starting them almost always occurs on different dates each year. You got to go with Nature's climate flow...

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And in that spirit, I found myself in the greenhouse yesterday while a bit of a tempest was happening outside (hello thunderstorm!). I just couldn't wait any longer to start some cukes, zukes, winter squash, pumpkins, and some random assorted herb plants. A lot of recent years I was able to just direct seed the summer, heat-loving crops, but this is not one of those growing seasons.

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I am especially excited about this growing season though, because I have some smashing new varieties I'm trying. Muncher cucumber is new for me. They are supposed to be super tender, non-bitter, and very prolific. Tzatziki for days here I come!

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Can't wait to throw some chopped tomatoes on top of whatever is going to get drizzled with that glorious Tzatziki! YAY!

There was also some savory seed in the pile of seeds packets that I planted from yesterday. I have never grown savory, but I absolutely love it in dishes, so I thought, why the heck not?

I also sowed a few Kakai Hullless pumpkin plants. The seeds were a dark green black and it was strange to plant a pumpkin that didn't have that big ol, characteristic protective hull on its seeds. I am so looking forward to snacking on those little babies this fall!

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Look at the little ground cherries grow!

Another type of pumpkin that I seeded was Rouge Vif D'Etamps. Those pumpkins are like revisiting an old friend, I used to grow them when the kids were little because they had that cool Cinderella's coach look to them. I love those things, so I might have seeded like a bunch of them. I'm not repentant at all about it!

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This week was also a banner week on the farm because I got to cut (and eat! YUM!) my first bit of asparagus! I tossed that little bunch of spears in some olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and roasted it until slightly charred before tossing the end result with some fresh lemon juice and freshly grated parmesan cheese. It was a yumfest!

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Everything around here is about two weeks behind. The tulips are just now opening and my rhubarb plants are all just getting good and leafy. I'm not too disturbed by this though as I have more than enough work to do right now without dealing with thirty-two bushels of rhubarb. Those plants are beyond prolific. I am pretty sure it has something to do with all the composted manure I spread around them. What can I say, I am a glutton for rhubarb punishment.

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Last night was game night, which turned into movie night as all of us were a bit ran down. Some of my gaming bros have been ill, most of us are just a bit overworked, and honestly, it was nice to just sit and watch Army Of Darkness and laugh at all the early 90's cheese and effects.

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One of my friends has a dairy allergy, so I whipped up a batch of fudge crinkles. They are a super easy cookie to make, and since they require some chilling time, I often make them the night before I bake them. Also, they are one of the fastest disappearing cookies I have ever seen, like seriously, the recipe makes somewhere around four dozen and most of the time there are none left after a game night sesh. It's honestly impressive lol!

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This morning I grabbed my trusty green rake and walked down the driveway a spell to our little RV site. Well, it's not so little, Flicker's Roost, as it is called, is over a half an acre in size, and stays rented out for most of the summer through Hipcamp. Hipcamp is like the AirBnB of camp sites. It's pretty cool and super well-run.

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We have some campers coming in this afternoon for the weekend, so I walked down to the site to do what I always do for arriving campers, rake the site well, make sure there is a nice stack of firewood, and check to make sure the garbage can is empty. Faster than you can say, QUIT BITING THE DANG RAKE CORA!, I had that job done.

And now, well, now I have even more things to do, there's never-ending weeds to tend too, and I have to run my daughter to town today because she got a job at a local resort and needs some shoes and pants.


A Kat's work is never done. And that's just how I like it😁



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Your tulips just starting and mine just ended. But mine were super early this year. I just started Kakai pumpkins inside on Monday and they are up already! About half the stuff I started is up already, still 3 full trays on the heat mats though.

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That's so encouraging to hear about the Kakai seedlings, if we can just get a bit of warmth things would move right along. But watch, in true Idaho Panhandle style it will go from 30-80 lol!

Hope the rest of your stuff blows out of the soil!

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Asparagus!! That is something have never attempted. But I am tempted!

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Ooh you should so give into temptation and get some asparagus crowns in the ground! It takes a few years to get a harvest, and it is so worth the wait!!

!PIZZA

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I am thinking about it. Just have to see where they would go but I love growing things I can eat!

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Me too! And the cool thing is a lot of food plants are pretty awesome to look at too lol! Looking forward to hearing of your future asparagus herding!!

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They are. I am growing fennel just now and it is awfully pretty!

I shall report back in two years for the asparagus!! 😜

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Woa, your fudge crinkles looks so nice and delicious!!!

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Thank you! I should have thrown the recipe in this post, I made a note to do so in the future, as I make them a lot lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Oh gosh, I can´t wait to see all those gorgeous veggies you´re growing. It´s so much! Really exciting. And how I would love to come over and have a cookie with your and your furry babies. I´m sure my furry babies would love to run around in your garden ...

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Oh I'd love that! We could chill on the deck, eat cookies, and watch all those furry kiddos just bolt around. My front yard is about four acres, they'd have a blast lol, and there might be a ton of tennis balls laying about. 😉

I'm so excited about this year's garden, it's the first year in over a decade that I don't have an off-farm part-time job, so I get to focus solely on blogging and homesteading for a change, continually, successively harvested fresh veg here I come lol!

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I am laughing at myself. I read this when wonderfully crafted post and I all got in my head is: COOKIES

Busy bee you are.

Have a great day my friend 😀

!BBH

!ALIVE

!CTP

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Okay, even I get distracted when I spy those fudge crinkles lol!

And yes, always a bit on the busy side, but I so love it! It means I am living

Hope all is cruising along gloriously in Positive-ville!

!CTP
!PIZZA

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Because this is such an awesome post, here is a BBH Tip for you. . Keep up the fantastic work

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Because this is such an awesome post, here is a BBH Tip for you. . Keep up the fantastic work

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You seem to have a lot of seeds sown and would be interesting to see them germinate. And oh, the crinkles! Could you please send some over? lol!

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They might mail well🤔 LOL!

Unfortunately, they all have disappeared....

Thanks for dropping by!

!PIZZA

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Hahaha, someone ate them all, LOL!
Thank you and have a pleasant day :)

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I am quite sure I need that cooky recipe!

I have been looking through photos from a year ago, and can confirm my flowers are at least two weeks behind compared to last year. For example, my iris are just now starting to bloom, but last year they started the last week of April. I wonder how the lilacs are coming along at Manito Park? I had good intentions of checking them out this spring, but might have missed the opportunity. Then again, with the weird weather we've had, they might be blooming now.

So it's not too late to start some squash seeds indoors? I might just do a bit of that, too, now that I've finally made up my mind to plant a few things. I have lots of seeds, and finally have a bit of energy as well.

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Oh yes! Especially because JT can eat them! I'll post it later this week!

It's wild because the lilacs haven't even budded out here on the farm, but as I see it is going to be in the 60's and maybe even, gasp, the 70's this coming week, I have a feeling things are going to catch up.

As far as the squash goes, why the heck not? is my motto these days, we might end up with a long-lasting summer or I might have to row cover my squash this fall, but with this late spring I am just going with the flow, we'll see if my squash pans out or not lol!

And I am so glad to hear you have a bit of energy😊

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That sounds super industrious, and those seedlings look healthy. Nice variety, too. Hope you get your “Cinderella” pumpkins. Haha, that sounds fun!
Don’t forget to feed that beautiful kitty. LoL 😂❤️😊🤔

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Aww, thanks! Those Cinderella pumpkins have always done well here, so I have high hopes of them performing again, and they are super photogenic lol!

And don't worry, that kitty always lets me know when it requires sustenance lol lol!😁

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I agree, the growing season is literally crap now and one really needs to adapt to get vegetables growing. You are doing good with the young plants and the fudge crinkles are looking good. .

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I just can't believe the huge climate swings from year to year over the last ten years or so, it's been something, but I also like a good challenge. Plus, there's always a couple cultivars that do really well with whatever Nature throws at us during the season each year lol!

Thanks for stopping by😊

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I came for the farm and now I am interested in the cookies.I will definitely look for the recipe.
Ok batch to the plants. I can see you will be growing lots of things. I am curious to watch them grow. I have zucchini, pumpkin, cucumber, tomato and pepper plants waiting to go outside but for me everything is on a small scale.

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After replying to all ya'll's comments, I will definitely do a fudge crinkle recipe post this coming week. There's plenty of recipes out there, but I make them a lot and have been using the same recipe for years, so why not share it? lol!

You have a ton of stuff growing! That's awesome! And yes, I do grow things on a rather large scale, there will be at least fifty tomato plants in the garden this year, I am definitely going to have my hands full.

That said, I am so excited to see how your garden progresses!

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You are going to have a bountiful garden soon. I used to grow asparagus. It is worth the long wait for it to start producing. I like it cooked the same way as you.

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Very nice bit of land there. Looks nice after you raked it. I will be interested to see the campers arrive. :)

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