Monday, February 20, 2012
Sun shine makes me happy
I'm sitting in my living room. This room really does get sunny. I love that! It will be too hot in the summer, but right now I love it! The kids have vacation this week. Thomas is at a friends house, and Sarah is too. Philip is out playing soccer. Nicole is at her singing lessons. Jessica is in her TV room. Juergen is at work. I actually have some quite. I don't get that much anymore. I feel so good. It isn't freezing cold anymore. The sun is shining, and my spring flowers are starting to come up. I can see an end to our long winter. Nicole planted 11 varieties of vegetable seeds today. I need to buy a few more containers. We have about 6 more types of seed to plant. We will have a very large variety of lettuce, peas, beans, onions, carrots, spinach and cabbages. I bought heirloom seed from all over the world. So the goal is to start the seeds in our warm heater room. And then transplant the seedlings into either pots or directly into the garden in about 6 weeks. We only planted the early spring plants. We will be starting summer plants in another month or two. Nicole is more excited about the garden then I am. I am also hoping to prepare the ground for the garden this week. I think I'll try the back to Eden method. You put newspaper directly over the grass. Then you put a layer of compost, a layer of mulch, and a sprinkling of manure over the newspaper. You let the whole thing sit for 4 to 6 weeks. Then you push back the mulch, and plant in the soil. When the plants grow up, you surround them with mulch. It sounds very easy. It also sounds cheep because you are not paying for raised beds. We will still build walkways between the planting areas. But I want what is easy and fast to build. My focus is on growing food and flowers. I like this idea, thank you Shelley for the idea! I need to find a source for the compost, mulch, and newspaper. I have the help....what are kids for? Our garden soil is already pretty good. The whole yard is full of worms. My guess is it will be a very productive garden. But there are always factors like weather you can not control. One thing I have learned this past year is how much we need grace. We can work hard, be wise and still not manage to succeed with out grace.