the inspection is on monday.

It was originally scheduled for today, but due to thunderstorms (and wanting a more experienced inspector) it was moved to Monday.

I am fairly confident the house will pass with flying colors. There is, however, potential I am completely wrong. The house is an unusual construction (concrete) and was built by the owner himself, who had never built a house like this before. And is also not a licensed contractor. But he is an engineer, the house has two decades under its belt, and there are no visible issues. So maybe my worries are for naught.

Have I mentioned that the owners will be leaving all of their animals? A dog, a couple barn cats, and a few chickens and guineas. I have no doubt that Watson will love having a dog friend again, but Ned Yost the Cat is going to be horrified by the entire move. Truthfully, if we had the option, I would try to leave him with the farm too. I know most people are horrified by this line of thinking, but Ned Yost the Cat is partially feral and it took a year and a half before he was able to relax. I hate to think of him turning back into a terrified little ball of anxiety.

But maybe my worries are for naught and he will be fine with the move. I am less confident in these worries being for nothing than I am about the house.


the future.

We are under contract, finally. The property still needs to pass inspection, so it could all fall apart and leave us at square one, but I would be surprised if any major issues showed up. Closing will happen during a time that would make it mostly too late to plant any summer crops.

I will still have the garlic, strawberries, and trees here. I plan to transplant the runners from the strawberry plants as the summer goes on, and hopefully the grapes in the fall, should they have survived the beetles and winter. Luckily the new property is fairly close to the old, so stopping by once or twice a week should be sufficient in maintaining that which remains.

Due to the drought we faced last summer and some enterprising deer, I was nervous about how many trees survived. We have definitely lost two trees, though to be fair one just never took after it was planted. I suspect we have lost five total, though some of the varieties I fear lost are also late bloomers, so we could be surprised yet.

We will transplant the trees in the fall, which should work well in our region. In 2020 I will fill in what was lost and make additions. Ideally, I’ll be planting at least a few trees every year, even if they aren’t nut or fruit trees.


I started onion seeds on February 20th. I was a little nervous about the potential germination, as I did not use a heat mat for them and my room is usually around 60 degrees.

I started five varieties of onions for the upcoming season:

  • Rossa di Milano
  • Rijnsburg 5
  • Red Long of Tropea
  • Stuttgarter Riesen
  • Dakota Tears

While all varieties have had at least one seed germinate, Dakota Tears germinated the earliest (one week after planting) and has the best success rate so far. Second place goes to the Rossa di Milano, with Rijnsburg 5 and Red Long of Tropea an interchangeable 3-4 and Stuttgarter in dead last.

Hopefully this is the year I can stay on top of weeds well enough to have a good crop of onions. Potatoes will forever be my favorite vegetable, but onions are a close second. I grow potatoes (semi-successfully) every year, but have never harvested a fully grown onion. I have certainly started enough seed to give me a good chance, assuming I can shepherd  them through the hardening off process and into the ground without losing them.