I haven't posted here in forever - or at least 17 months! It looks different and I'm not even sure I know how to use this blog anymore. A part of me wants to begin blogging again, and another part wonders if I want to devote the time for it, or if there's even anyone interested in what I'm doing or thinking.Life is calm and wonderful right now, and probably a little boring! I'm pretty happy with it that way!
Since I don't really know where to begin, I'll start with my new garden. It's been a challenge to grow things here in Pennsylvania. The top soil is thin (though fairly rich from the many trees we have) and below it's hard clay - very wet with poor drainage.My light is limited due to the many oaks and conifers on my property, so that's a new challenge for me. Last summer was my first full summer on this property and I really missed not putting in a veggie garden. We have so many deer in this area that I knew in order to grow any food I needed to get a fence up and it just didn't happen last year as the interior of the house took up my time. I decided that this summer was going to be devoted to getting my yard in shape so I've spent much of it outdoors and I've loved the physical work and the rewards of creating a garden space (om nom).
The last few years I've read way too many books on the food industry, much to the dismay of my family and especially Kevin, who has to listen to my preaching on a daily basis. I almost wish I didn't know what I know, but on the other hand, I'm glad I do and can take measures to eat in the healthiest way possible.
I've also read more than I should have on climate change and I'm feeling a little hopeless about the whole thing. I think we're past the tipping point, quite frankly, and I don't know if anything I do personally will be of any consequence, but I try to be conscientious and leave the smallest carbon footprint that I can. This includes composting as much waste as possible, eating and buying locally, buying my electricity from wind energy, and trying to reduce needless consumption.I see a lot of other people doing the same but until the governments of the world can figure out how to cut back on carbon emissions I'm not sure it really matters. I feel like climate change is the biggest and most overwhelming thing that humans have ever had to face and that all of humankind should be focused on saving what we have instead of killing each other over religion,race,and politics...
I guess I have to be satisfied with the small gestures and one of those is this garden. It's not big but I hope to grow it bigger. I need to learn how to garden each square foot so that it's productive. One thing I did was create the beds by sheet composting (also called "lasagna gardening." It's a method of creating no-dig, organic garden beds by building up layers of compost. I'm especially concerned with bees, butterflies, and other vulnerable creatures of our fragile ecosystem and decided that organic is the only way I'll go. Here's a link to my Facebook album on creating a lasagna garden.
And that is it for now!