Sunday, March 4, 2012


I've been making lots of lists lately, so I decided to make a list of lists:
-my personal cultural values I want to cultivate in my children and family
-things to mail
-stuff to photograph and place on Craig's List
-soul qualities I want to cultivate
-things to blog about
-things to plant
-knitting patterns to write down
-what to make for fairs and market this summer
-craft projects to finish

that's a lot of lists! I do have a couple of other lists around here somewhere...I wonder what our lists say about us at any given time? what if I saved my lists as snapshots of what I am thinking about, of capturing my inner planner??
My friend, when asked where she would be without her lists, replied, "I don't know, listless?"

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A pictorial tour of the back yard

The rabbit cages on the garden bed-in-development. Rabbit droppings=garden gold. 

Newly dug. The garden beds are edged with bricks and tree trunks- all salvaged from neighbors.

Bliss! I am glad he likes to dig as much as I do. Digging=therapy.

People often ask me about my compost pile. This is it! We do turn it every so often, but mostly just try to make sure we are layering straw and leaves in between the food and wetter stuff. I am sure we could get a lot more conscious and scientific and make it look better, but we don't really have the time for that right now, and this sunny spot makes some nice compost for the garden. We will dig and turn it completely, very soon.

Bee homes waiting for me to make a decision on what kind of home they will have on the inside. And if I want to start up bees again this year. I had two seasons of success with bees, and three seasons not so. The first season I chalk up to ignorance, and that was one "not so" year. But the other years, I got wax moths, and unexplainable absence of bees.

A project in progress. I am building a PVC rabbit hutch. It will be portable, lightweight, rot resistant, and hopefully help prevent disease. My plan is to put worm bins underneath the rabbit cages, and to eventually have a regular rabbitry. If I could find a way to have them pay for themselves in fiber and droppings, along with the worms, I'd like to work up to 10 rabbits. A giant angora would be nice!

Today, after all that digging in the sun, we planted spinach, kale, arugula, black seeded simpson lettuce, some kind of kale, and peas. In the next couple of weeks, carrots and beets will go in.Then I'll buy some seedlings of various things and watch our garden grow!

Worms never lose their ability to fascinate. Wonder!

Look at those hard working children. They were joyful and willing slaves! This will be our basil bed when the peas are gone. Last year we had 8 basil plants here. I was lazy in the harvest, although I did harvest, I still had to supplement with basil from the farmer's market and we still ran out of pesto in November. We practically drink pesto. I can't wait!
That's the garden report! What a glorious day.