My efforts and projects are all kind of in stall/pause mode right now and its more than a bit frustrating, although my own tendancy toward distraction and procrastination have plenty to do with it. In a about a week we should know if our landlord will be willing to let us rent for a third year or not and that plays a huge factor. They did take the house off the market for sale about halfway into our first year here and they truly seem to like our family living here, so it figures to be a lock, but until we hear a yes and get to sign another lease I’ll be wondering and worrying. Also until then, any further sheet composting or planting in existing sheets and planter boxes will be on hold since I just can’t invest my resources into something I may have to walk away from in two months. Kind of why my focus is currently on prep, planning and my container garden (since it can be taken with me if we have to go).
Also, as we wait on a W-2 so we can complete our taxes and get our return, my budget for further containers, plants, seeds, supplies and compost/soil is basically $0. There are a few things I can still tinker with in the garage using salvage materials, like a compost sifter, solar cookers and heaters and a science project with my son for school. We are making him a small briquette maker to use old homework and stuff for burning in a rocket stove for cooking. The only thing really getting in the way of that stuff is the fact that my 20-month old daughter is pretty much a handful and takes up much of my time.
Well, the waiting and windering on most of that will be over soon and I’ll be able to kick my efforts into high gear, starting my seedlings, getting some more containers, starting more compost bins, etc. At least I have the fun of this blog and documenting my efforts thus far, and it is compatible to being a homemaker and baby wrangler.
Permaculture, Native American style. I used this technique last season in my otherwise monoculture garden and the Three Sisters section of my garden required the least amount of work and produced more than enough food! This could be a great thing to try if you are just starting to learn about permaculture and growing your own food. It is very simple and easy and doesn’t require a lot of space.
I always feel a little weird just sitting there staring to see what growth has occured in the mornings. My neighbors must think I’m a little off (of course I do give them more reasons than this to think so)
I’ve Tumbled before and got mired in negativity as I tried to be active and involved in causes and issues I felt very strongly about. Instead of letting myself be pulled from those causes and concerns in tugs of resentment, I decided to start anew and with more specific focus than I did the first time around this crazy block.
So here I am, ‘All Growing Up’, a blog that is to be focused on the earth and green/natural/organic practices and lifestyles. Nature and permaculture are my passions and anything upcycled/reused has my interest. I’m still learning about all of that and look to share as I go, so let’s just get it started, shall we?