About UsMichael and Jennifer began their journey to Living Small and Sustainability of all places but on their boat! They brought the Cruising Life skills and concepts home with them to their (give or take an inch) 1/2 acre urban homestead. They continue to nurture their spirit and marriage, as well as their family and friends. Some ways you might get nurtured at the Sunshine House are food, yoga, gardening or some good old fashion conversation.
Category Archives: Garden
Can’t wait until I can pick this right out of the warm sunny garden again. Missing some kale that tastes like kale and not a refrigerated truck.!
As I review pictures of last years garden, I am able to see clearly what worked and what didn’t work. Alas, procrastination did not work for me again! Who knew???
I missed out on SOO many opportunities – I won’t go into all of them, but suffice it to say I am aware and awake and pray this coming year I am a better steward of the bounty God has given us. Some things I will try more of: freezing, canning, weeding (as it will give me better production) and co-planting of herbs and flowers to keep those pesty bugs down.
I guess this begs the question how do you battle procrastination? I only know one way – do something right now! And what can I do on January 4 to be a better steward of my garden? Plan my seed starting, planting, trans-planting calendar RIGHT NOW so I do not procrastinate in being best prepared for the maximum production.
And of course it sure helps that I already received my Baker Creek Seed catalog in the mail (request one, they send it for free!), and that my husband totally rocks when it comes to having a vision for our garden. Last year I “experimented” with some new things…Meh…not so much this year. I am only growing what we eat.
Kale; lots, Chard, Spinach, Lettuces,Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant (Japanese), Carrots, Radish, Turnips, Beets, Peas, Cukes, Herbs and of course ASPARAGUS – totally different blog.
We have totally abandoned any hope for zukes or squash. After last years squash beetle infestation we are hoping we give the garden a year to recuperate. Ugh.
And we are only adding one new thing: sweet potatoes. I know nothing about them. More will be revealed.
I have decided I am not contributing to the plastic problem and I will use egg cartons for seed starters. If you are near me, please save your cardboard egg cartons for me. And we are placing an order for a bag or organic manure from our local horse farmer who has organic manure Grace Meadow Farms (he delivers!) to use for “potting soil”.
I found a GREAT little calendar to help set my dates for seeds and planting. And this worked for me perfectly, because after I finished hand calculating everything I found this great tool on the Old Farmer’s Almanac website and I was spot on with every date!
So basically we start seedlings as early as February 8th, which is SO invigorating to my spirit! That is only a few weeks away!! YAHOO!
So, planting new seeds. New seeds for my own growth into more responsible and more attentive habits, and more self-discipline which will all contribute to the growth in my garden. As soon as I get these dates entered into my calendar widget you will know everything I am doing. At least that’s the plan.