Monday, August 14, 2017

New Compost Bin

Isn't it crazy how the simplest things can give us such great pleasure?

 My new compost bin is definitely one of those things! I have been wanting one in the back yard for the past few years just to make life easier (I am all about trying to make life easier any way I can!). Our previous compost bin was on the other side of the house and just far enough away that I didn't get out to it as often as I should, plus it was a pain for getting the compost to the planters.

My husband got the new one built a few weeks ago and I am loving it. It's convenient to the kitchen and planters and I am looking forward to using some of the wonderful compost next spring!

Monday, July 24, 2017

The New Gardening Plan

As I mentioned in my last post gardening has become more difficult for me because of health reasons, however we still want to grow as much of our food as possible and have some to can/preserve for Winter. The solution? Planters.

We have a lovely deck off the front of the house which has become full of planters growing an assortment of zucchini, herbs, turnip, lettuce and greens and winter squash. I had hoped to get more done this year, but we will expand on this next year and have even more out front. The railing is covered with grape vines, so grape harvesting is very easy to do. We also have a large patch of thyme right outside the door. In fact, if it is raining I don't even have to step out side to pick some!

Along the drive way we have spearmint and chocolate mint growing, so a refreshing cup of tea is close by.

Out back we have another deck that has more zucchini and tomatoes in pots. Around the boules court we put in some raised bed/planters and have strawberries, asparagus, cucumbers, squash and lettuce growing there.

It's a far cry from the gardens we used to have  but I have been pleasantly surprised at how much food we are able to grow in such a small space.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where Does The Time Go!

I haven't been here since last September. Wow. How did that happen? Life sometimes gets in the way of, well, life. Last fall  an elderly relative of ours fell and got to the point where he could no longer live alone, so he has moved in with us. He's a city boy and we are definitely not in the city. It's been an adjustment for all.

Around the same time that we were getting the place ready for him to move in I was diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome. Something else to research and adjust to. I was actually happy to get the diagnosis because something has been wrong for years....little things here and there. At least now I know why.

So the gardens aren't as big (lots and lots of planters) and I try not to get too stressed out about the little things. We are still thankful everyday to get to live in such a beautiful space. Especially on days like today when the sun is shinning, the chickens are running around the yard, cows are grazing and the cucumbers are growing.

Things are falling into place more and I have missed my blog. I am hoping to get back to regular posts soon.