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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!
The weather is gorgeous, the dogwood trees are blooming, and our garden is on it's way.

I recently discovered my mom's parents used to have vegetable gardens. This was news to me. I thought my grandma just really like growing flowers. They heard about all my garden woes and took pity on me and gave me two garden boxes to grow in. The soil in this part of town is rocky to say the least and I wasn't going to be able to have a garden without some back breaking work. I have enough back problems without trying to turn rocks into a successful garden.

So last weekend my parents, sister, and I got the boxes and fresh organic soil all ready for planting. It took most of the day, because we had to clear spots and cut back trees and a bunch of other yard work to make sure everything was perfect. They aren't much to look at right now, but they are perfect. I have planted three different kinds of carrots, onions, and snap peas. I feel like I am running out of room already. I still need to be able to transplant four different kinds of tomatoes and several squash. I think we are going to have to get creative. This is the first year I've started nearly everything from seed. I'm still a little nervous that I am going to wake up one morning and everything will be dead. So far the tomatoes, basil, pumpkins, butternut and spaghetti squash, cucumbers, zucchini, and corn are all doing really well. I'm also growing flowers to bring in pollinators and attract good bugs. If things keep going this smoothly, this could be my best year yet.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Change of Scenery

I've heard it said that your life can change in an instant. Well, it may not have been an instant, but it sure felt like it. Some life altering events have led me to make some huge life changes in a very short amount of time. The biggest change has been my move back home to Northern California. This move was not part of the future I had been planning, but sometimes you just have to trust that everything will work out. A little faith can go a long ways.

Unfortunately, I had to leave quite a few of my houseplants with new homes. I also had to give up my community garden that I was so involved in. On the bright side my family has happily indulged my plant obsession. We have started our vegetables indoors and we are getting our raised beds ready for planting. I think this is my family's first vegetable garden and my first garden without the support of my community garden. I'm a little scared, but I'm really excited too.

Also, on a completely different green note. I just got a job. I am going to be building and maintaining a website and marketing for a local skin care clinic. A little extra green in my pocket will help me finance my green revolution.

Sorry, no pictures today. My camera needs to be charged, but there will be some of the new garden coming very soon.