I finally got the compost in my beds.  It only took me until mid-January. I am very antsy for the lovely spring rain and the tiny buds of life in the garden.  Mid-winter is a bit overwhelming because I’m not wise on pruning yet, so everything in my garden just looks like it belongs in nightmare before christmas and I get worried that nothing will come back the way it should.

I’ve also been sitting around catching up on Martha Stewart and watching all of this healthy eating/healthy living t.v.  feeling a twinge of guilt.  I realize now how much healthier I eat during the planting season.  It’s like the act of gardening turns my mind to more healthy choices.  I have been putting on hibernation pounds haha.  Part of gardening is also the exercise I get in doing so.  I’m currently trying to talk my husband into an x-box kinect so the game can tell me what to do, since I was using the gym as a very expensive treadmill.  SO, here’s to trying to live healthier year round…


Week one of follow through

I have officially remembered to post once a week for ONE WEEK.  The gardening front has been slow.  My early Christmas presents are doing well on my windowsill (see pics below). The turtle has hopefully gone into deep cover because I haven’t seen him lately.  I will hopefully have time today to prep my beds (two months late).  I plan on pulling out some of my gardening books today and ACTUALLY plan out the garden layout and order some seeds.

My only problem with starting seeds indoors is not having anywhere to do so…so I might look into something for that problem when I’m out buying compost today.

New Years Resolution

So, I’ve decided to try this Post a week 2011 thing on wordpress, rather than the Post a day 2011. I figure, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  I am happy that 2010 brought more ambition and education in the garden.  I hope that 2011 brings many more plants and many less squash beetles.  The garden grew out of a place in my heart that I inherited from generations of earth people.  It provided therapy in a year of confusion and blessings.  Happy New Year!!!




Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, but it doesn’t feel like it. Luckily for me the weather has been rather mild, minus one snow storm that produced one nice snow man. The mild weather has allowed me to totally slack on preparing the garden beds for winter. I know. It’s already winter, right? I have plans to go buy compost on Sunday, so hopefully it doesn’t snow before then.

I just explained to my husband in detail about how my love of winter has shifted to more of a love of the expectation of spring….pretty sure he wouldn’t remember the conversation, but I had it with him. I find myself using winter as a planning time for spring. I’m already looking forward to what I will plant and where it will go.


So this thanksgiving we decided to stay home and not cook a thing.  I’ve been sitting here for a majority of the day….bored out of my mind.  Feels weird not to cook or at least contribute to someone’s table.  I’ve decided instead to make this day more productive by making a list of seeds for next year and researching some of the pests and weeds that plagued me last year.  I also am going to try to draw up some designs for the garden next year.  I have been praying that God will smite the squash beetles that destroyed my hopes and dreams this last year.

I have also started to create a wish list of things I want, like a cold frame and hoops.  Excited to try some more things this year.  I am very thankful that we are able to grow our own food and very thankful that veggies grow in our backyard.

A very helpful book:  The Kitchen Garden by Alan Buckingham.  It has month by month chores for the garden.


changing it up…

I’ve decided to change the look of the blog.  The dark, wooden background was bothering me.  That is all. 🙂

An exciting delivery

I am very happy. I have three books that I am supposed to read as assignments, but another was delivered to my doorstep. I finally ordered, A Way to Garden: A hands on Primer for Every Season by Margaret Roach. Looks like the assignment books are officially on the back burner. I have had some of these “assignment” books for months, but give me a book like Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Quinn and it’s read cover to cover in less than a week. Hopefully this will prove to be the same.