Sunday, January 29, 2012

Seed Magazine Inspiration

This time of year brings a variety of seed magazines to my mailbox. I love to look through the pages and decide which variety of seeds I will order this year. Sure can't beat a good magazine with lots of pictures to get you all excited and inspired for the upcoming spring planting season.

On another note, the fencing around the front garden is almost done! Only one more section to go. We've ordered the wood to build the new raised beds, so hopefully by the end of next weekend those will be ready to start composting in. We're in the planning stages as to what is going to go where but I am thinking of definitely growing beans, tomatoes, squash, spring lettuce, onions, potatoes, peppers and maybe some cukes.

Will post some pictures soon!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Why, why, why do the darn weeds have to be so green?? They stand out here and there and everywhere in my yard.

They make me want to garden my entire yard so I don't have to mow or pull a single strand.

With yesterday's warm temps...where did you find me? Well, out in the yard...yes, you got it...pulling weeds and cussing along the way.

As in Lord of the Rings...."The world is changing, I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air".... and I see weeds a growing....

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Re-looking, Re-defining, Re-doing

It's that time of year when we redo our budget, redefine and goals and re-look at how we did last year. I can honestly say we managed to accomplish most everything we sat out to do.

There were 2 major things that we did not get accomplished. One was to finish fencing in the front garden which affects my next move and that's to incorporate more raised vegetable beds. I'm going to need the fence put up and beds fashioned pretty soon so I can start composting to amend the soil. We all know spring will be here sooner than later. The second thing was to redo the chicken pen. I want to get a dozen more layers and I want to sell my surplus. Hopefully, this will offset the cost of keeping the chickens and provide us with healthy eggs once again.

Financially it was a challenging year in general with food and gas purchases topping the list of expenses. Car pooling continues to be very cost effective, so we will continue that into this year. Food, well I am going to try some creative preparation of plan-ahead meals to help with breakfast. Of course left overs will still be a good part of our dinner meals.

I have set our money saving goals extremely high and it is going to be quite challenging to accomplish. However, the goal of building the little house will become a reality and how sweet it will be!