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Plan 2015 Annual Gardens

Sketch summer and fall annual vegetable gardens. Switching places this year so the fall annual has the longer sunshine, well into December. Plenty of sun where the fall was last year for the summer garden to thrive.

We doubled the annual garden size.

We doubled the annual garden size.

“Abundance” plant share at the Sunshine House

If you are anything like us you plant WAY TOO MANY seedlings. And of course we did again this year.

abundance? more like compulsion to plant a whole packet of seeds.

abundance? more like compulsion to plant a whole packet of seeds.

Or maybe you are interested in trying a new vegetable in your garden but didn’t want to start a whole packet of seedlings! I have already had friends of the Sunshine House reach out about what we were growing this year.  And last year our friend Robin shared these beautiful onions, garlic and she also shared some golden raspberries  bushes with us so I figure we will pay it forward!

Egyptian walking onions

I would like to propose this centrally located “share” for extra plants you may have as transplanting season begins. Or you can join us on the back porch of Sunshine House this day for some fun, a lunch, visiting and general garden hoopla!

(But I am sure it is because you really want to come over over and see these)

bird wants dad, cat wants bird, bunny wants cat, dad wants bunny...sigh.

bird wants dad, cat wants bird, bunny wants cat, dad wants bunny…sigh.

Please join us at the Sunshine House, May 17th
Happy Planting!

Local is as local does…

One of the biggest ways we have found to live a sustainable lifestyle is to spend our money and energy locally.  I am a LOVER of Amazon, however it gets in the way of my desire to support as many local people and families as I can. I am slave to efficiency.

And while I posted I would be ordering my Non-gmo seeds from www.rareseeds.com, I neglected to say that I would be first visiting their local affiliate, right here in Wethersfield Connecticut Comstock Ferre & Co. And I cannot wait – but don’t go on Saturdays! They are closed for the Sabbath.


I will take my little shopping list of our favorite veggies and flowers, and then if there is anything still missing I will put in an order online. There is something quite satisfying about spreading your little seed packets out with your sketch pad and planning your garden!


In fact, Michael and I will always check to see if there is a local, preferrably family owned business before we make any purchases.  Some of the great local places we shop at are West Side Market IGA in Rocky Hill, Family owned and you cannot walk through the store without most of the employees greeting you, Meadow Meat in Middletown, and my new favorite – Deerfield Farm in Durham CT – purveyors of all things delicious and raw-milky…mmm

But the most important way we have found to support people is just sharing of goods.  Last year we had some dear friends, John and Leila, who had laying hens and we would find gifts like this on our kitchen counter when we got home!!! Aren’t they beautiful?!?!?!?! God knows we gave away a TON of kale and swiss chard – If you got greens from the Sunshine House raise your hand!!!



Living as sustainable a life as you can requires a lot of consciousness: conscious thought, conscious decision making, conscious time management.  This is something I am not so great at :/ (procrastination is the enemy)

So that energy I have to manage so carefully which I discussed here???  Michael and James and I put to good use in meal-planning, time management to make a few trips for our regular groceries, and believing above all else that there is an abundance to go around!

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.!