Monday, April 2, 2012

Seeds & Menus

After taking some time off from writing...I am determined to get back into a rhythm of doing it daily or close to that!   It feels so good to write!  Bare with me though...I am kind of all over the place in thoughts at this moment!  I have a lot of meditation coming soon to clear and organize my thoughts!  My photo project was also put on pause....which I know defeats the purpose of the project but I can't give up.  I am starting that back up this week with a week of film.  I will post all my past month of pictures that I did get daily....there will just be a few days missing!

Today it will be about seeds and what I want to have blossom in my backyard soon!

It is that time of year again where we bring out the gloves, seed packets, and till up the compost that has been cooking all fall and winter.  The past two years we have been growing our vegetables, herbs, and flowers at a farm about 45 mins away from us.  We decided that we wanted to grow in a more sustainable manner this year by staying as close as possible to avoid using the car too much.   Our backyard, my parent's huge garden (which is .5 miles away from my home), and a friend's huge garden will be a "farm" this year.  Chickens may even be in our very near future!!!!  Which excites me way too much!  One day we will have our dream farm house on a couple acres but for now we will make due with what we have.

As my husband and I blaze a path towards a sustainable life....growing as much of our own food as we can has been a huge priority.  We do this not only for our bodies and our children's bodies but also for our planet!!!!!  So much good comes out of growing your own food.  It is one of the most rewarding things we have done, especially with our children learning along with us.  But it does come with lots of challenges and I will continue to share all of our little families up and downs while we travel down this sustainable path!

I am going to bore you with a list of what we are growing this year....I love lists...So I have to!

  • Beans- Bush & Pole 
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Lettuce- Valmaine & Tennis Ball
  • Peas
  • Peppers- Sweet & Hot
  • Potatoes- Blue & Red
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squash- Zucchini, Summer Squash, and Butternut
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomato- Oregon Spring, Oregon Cherry, Jersey Devil, and San Marzano Roma
  • Tomatillos
  • Melons
  • Blueberries
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
I am beyond excited to get my fingers in some dirt!      

What are you growing this season?

Back to my menus!!!  This is a short week because I am traveling!  But I still wanted to share the few things I am making this week!  

TUESDAY:  Dinner party at a girlfriends home!  We are making fish tacos.  I am bringing a mexican coleslaw for the tacos.  

WEDNESDAY:  Traveling during dinner we are having a heavy lunch.  Hummus & Veggie Wraps, cut-up fruit, and leftover kale salad!  


“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” - Margaret Atwood


  1. What a wonderful feeling it must be to grow your own foods! Laurin and I essentially have whatever is opposite of a green thumb! Our Palm barely makes it alive! :)

    I do know the joys of having your own chickens! My parents had hens when I was growing up and they just bought some chicks last week! I always loved collecting the eggs!

    Good luck to you and I'm sure I'll be seeing you soon!

  2. Melissa...I would love to come over and give you some green thumb tips. Or give you some tomato plants once they are started. Because every year we have way more tomatoes than we know what to do with. So we can share the wealth for sure.

    I can't wait to get baby chicks. Do they have a coop? DId they build it. That is the only hard part right now....having to build a coop.

    Let's get together. BTW....I love love love reading your blog!



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