Monday, July 15, 2013
Mary Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?
When we were thinking about purchasing a home last year, our original plan was to buy a piece of land in the country (but near the city limits -- entirely possible here), build a house, grow our own food and raise small farm animals. Unfortunately financing got tricky and the cost of our dream made it out of our reach. We "settled" for a small home in a small neighborhood just outside of town. Undaunted by the scant 1/4 of land that we now reside on, my husband is determined to be as self-sufficient as possible in the suburbs. In early spring, before the snow was totally gone, he started building garden beds. He started seeds (heirloom) and placed them in our newly purchased portable greenhouses. As soon as threat of frost was over, everything was carefully planted.
Now we have a thriving garden. Squash, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and a plethora of herbs are all sprouting and thriving. We are even able to supply some of our neighbors with food. Bliss.
This man I love is determined to be an organic farmer. This first crop in our tiny yard has won me over. I dream of the day we can buy some land, build a home, raise chickens for eggs and goats for milk and cheese. We want to produce our own electricity and heat (Roch has a friend who is selling us his un-installed woodstove this summer), and live a simple and abundant life.
We will do this one garden at a time.