Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Barefoot Gardening is back in style!

Welcome to Mach. It's been 70 degrees or more pretty much all week. So much warmer than it's suppossed to be.

This weather has found me doing a lot of prep work. Everyday I go outside with the boys, I weed a bit, turn the soil, add top soil, egg shells for calcium, start seeds in peat pots. So far I have 2 pea plants started, 2 sunflowers, 1 Spinach, and I just spotted the first squash coming up. Checking the pot told me that one is Spaghetti Squash! Fingers crossed I get some. :) I did 4 plants each ( well 2 seeds in each of 2 pots) of zucchini, summer squash, and spaghetti.

Yesterday I planted roma tomatoes, broccoli, and more beans and peas. It's almost to the point where I can direct sow things. Last frost threat is suppossed to be in mid April, but with this weather it could already be ok to plant them.

I wore flip flops outside today while I spread and mixed some topsoil in, but I kicked them off pretty fast. There's just something about that connection to the soil that is good for the soul.

Justin and Bren are in on it too, the sunflowers are theirs, and we also started Columbine and Lavendar flowers together. Last night we picked up the new raised beds I've wanted since last year. One was even on clearance!

I have to be good and save room for the plant sale at the end of May. I want to buy at least a couple of tomato plants, maybe an eggplant and some hot peppers.

I'm not a prepper, as in one who prepares for the end of the world, or harsh situations, but I do like learning skills like crochet/knitting/gardening which could be handy in those times. :)

Also, I gained 12 pounds over winter. Twelve. What the heck did I do? I broke my own rules and didn't do the right things. You have to take responsibility and not put blame on other things.
To start to fix this, I bought a bike. It came today, unassembled. Once I put it all together, 30 minutes in the morning, evening, or both will be in order. I am determined to lose all of that if not more, by the end of September when I go back to the doctor.