Monthly Archives: February 2011

Not so New Years Resolution #2

So…for the most part, I think I did fairly decent at my first “not so New Years” resolution. The resolution was to create a habit of blogging. The exact resolution, I believe, was to blog at least 5 times a week. Not too sure if I did that, I mean, I can probably look at my stats and figure it out. But let’s be honest, I’m probably not going to do that…so let’s just say I accomplished my goal. So I’m ready for a new one…

My garden!

Last year I planted a garden, mostly for practice, and kinda because I secretly want to be like my friend Elizabeth. She’s amazing. She was canning vegetables from her garden during her 9th month of pregnancy…with her 2 little girls in tow, oh, and the other girl she watches like 50 hours a week. {I believe I was sitting on my couch with my feet propped up during my 9th month….um, actually, let’s make that my entire pregnancy.} I try to visit her about once a year and every time I am completely amazed at how “home grown” she is. For her wedding she just grew her own flowers. I mean, why hire a florist if you can just grow them yourself, right?

Anyways, so I planted this garden last year as sort of a “practice garden” for future gardens. I expected for maybe, maybe, a fraction of the garden to actually live. A small fraction. But I was wrong…the whole thing lived! All of my seeds sprouted. It was a mess! I didn’t have room for all of the plants, and to make matters worse, I felt horrible about thinning out the garden. My simple solution was to make Brad till up another portion of our yard and transplant the green beans and squash. Speaking of squash, it is a BEAST of a garden vegetable. It’ll take over your whole garden if you’re not careful. About 1 month into the summer I couldn’t tolerate the heat…and that was the end of the garden. Brad would still go out and harvest the vegetables, and then one day Brad just sent the whole garden to the compost pile. Well, not a real compost pile, he won’t let me have one because I have no idea what I’m doing. What he doesn’t realize is that I have no idea what I’m doing with any of this…so why not have a compost pile? Right?

Another reason that I want a garden is for Zoe. I want her to grow up working in a garden, growing her own food, making things from scratch. When I see families that are like that I really admire it…and I want it for my family. Which means, I have to figure out how to do it!

Back to my resolution, here it is:

To start and maintain a successful garden. To plant only vegetables that I eat. To harvest enough vegetables to feed my family and perhaps give some away. To not have too large of a garden. To work within my needs and experience and to build on the foundation I started last year.

So here we go! Wish me luck…and if you’re in the area, in a month or two, stop by for a home grown salad! Well, you can stop by before then…but I’ll have a home grown salad for you in a few months…

We started outside. That lasted for about 4 minutes. It was 80 degrees.
ready to garden

Pretty low key tools today
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We moved indoors, and I forgot to take pictures. Zoe wanted to play, Zoe needed to eat, and then Zoe needed to go down for a nap…it was a couple hours before I came back to the seeds. I decided that rather than plant directly into the soil this year I’m going to try “container gardening”…which means starting them off in these little pots.

And they’re off!
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List of veggies:

1) Roma Tomatoes x 3
2) Large Tomatoes x 3
3) Cucumbers x 5
4) Pickling cucumbers x 3
5) Large leaf lettuce x 3
6) Spring salad mix lettuce x4
7) Peas x 3
8 ) Green Beans x 5
9) Squash x 3
10) Green, red and yellow bell peppers x3 of each
11) Herbs: Oregano, Rosemary, Parsley, Basil, Cilantro x 3 of each

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What we’ve been up to

What a crazy crazy week it’s been. I don’t even know where to start. It hasn’t been bad per se, there are elements of it that have been emotionally heavy, but overall, it’s just been a series of long days that start at 6:30am and end somewhere between 10-11pm…going the whole time.

The week started with chaos in our house due to the living room overhaul, that was Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Then on Wednesday Zoe and I attended a funeral for a 17 year old girl. I hate funerals for children. I can’t fathom that loss for a parent. I especially don’t handle it well now that I have Zoe and understand that tangible mother’s love. That same night a lady from church passed away. She has 2 children…young children…they’ll never know their mother. I went to bed crying Wednesday night…it was a heavy day. Thursday is our busy day…we’re gone {on a normal Thursday} for 8 hours…this past Thursday we were gone for 13 hours…that’s a loooooooooooong day with a 7 month old. Friday was another crazy busy day. Brad is the best man in a wedding this weekend…so the wedding festivities/chaos have been in full swing…and we’re not even responsible for that much, it’s just a lot of coordination and preparation. His good friend Matt came in town, Jon and Liz are in town for drill weekend. Today I had an interview for a waitressing job {keep your fingers crossed}, then errands that I didn’t get to yesterday. In like 30 minutes I have to start getting ready for the wedding and getting Zoe ready for her first sleepover at her aunt Jess’ house {so nervous!}…. and then tomorrow we have the after affects of the wedding….and then Monday.

Monday I have nothing to do.

Monday I will do nothing. Well, that’s probably not true. But I will not have a list of things to do.

I will come out of hiding on Tuesday….