Keeping a garden journal is one of the most benneficial things you can do outside of the keeping the garden. If your at all like me, I garden the best every new season. The trick to this is learning from my mistakes. Now, with three homeschooling kids, I know that relying on my brain to keep things tucked away till next year is NOT the best way to improve every year. This is where my journal swoops in and saves me from my past mistakes!
I am not a gadget person. I don't need a one trick appliance taking up valuable small kitchen real estate. My cupboards are packed with canned and dry pantry items, my counters are often overflowing with homegrown produce waiting to be munched or preserved. To gain a permanent place in my kitchen the electric appliance must be a workhouse, make my life significantly easier, and really benefit my family's lifestyle.
Since we moved in to this home 5 years ago I have been slowly but surely bringing down our douglas fir trees. The property had 12 fir and one ponderosa pine tree that blocked much of the sun from my yard and planned garden. I never planned to bring down the trees that made us feel like we were in a private setting even though our neighbors are within ear shot. After spending a full year in the home we knew something had to change.
Now, don't misunderstand me, I LOVE trees and there is a large part of me that is sad to see them go. I loved my campground feel, the shade they offered to lounge and play under. I will miss them buffering the winter winds, but the truth of it is, I want to grow them most I can for my family and this meant taking the offer of a local tree service to bring them down.
Hey everyone here is a few short videos touring our little farm. Hopefully the quality isn't horrible, its our first try. Hope you enjoy.
Late winter, when the world is cold and damp in the PNW, many folks dream of a garden. Fresh flowers, lettuce, and more. While looking over their yards, they may find a spot that would work just right. Then the reasons to make it happen com along. "I will eat healthier!" "A garden can save me money." "I will get out in the sun a little more."
These are great reasons to start a garden, but not all gardens save you money. No doubt the food is higher quality, and being outside, breathing, feeling the dirt, and putting yourself on garden time for a few hours a week is going to help improve your health by reducing stress and keeping you more active, but does it help your wallet?