putting a kid in school is hard for me. hard because i've put my entire being into making sure she is awesome. that's the goal, happy kids who have abundant love in their hearts and want to share that love. sharing love through knowledge, talents, humility, and how they regard the earth, and how their just being a good person is important.
my oldest, unfortunately, is learning that there are not so nice people out there that missed these basic elements to humanity. it starts early. it starts at home.
i cannot protect her from the feelings she will have about these newfound truths. but i can teach her by example and love, how to act.
"kids don't remember lessons, they remember moments. when we make education an experience instead of a checklist, it can be the difference between a lifeless and a LIVING education." -ainsley arment
it has been a rough year for the garden. three hail storms, each more devastating than the last. the true to time late may hail, june 29th hail, and yesterday's august 14th hail. this has been the latest hail since I have gardened here for 11 years.
if ever something has been humbling it is gardening in colorado.
i'm still pretty positive with this year. despite the hail, my 2018 garden was the prettiest it has ever been. lush and packed, absolutely alive!
my husband has been successfully calming my inner acreage spirit with building spaces for me to grow our food in our yarden. it started with a fence. then a beautiful raised bed in the sun. and then a ledge with ten 5 gallon buckets to grow my tomatoes on the balcony.
my yard garden is the yarden, the community garden allotment is the garden. it keeps it less confusing in my garden journal since my children have wrecked my memory. 😉
amongst tripling my growing space, I have also been super (get it) into beekeeping. there is nothing more awesome than opening that propolis glued cover, lifting a frame and seeing those beautiful bees. it's amazing, and never, ever ceases to be amazing.
I have sowed and planted all there is to plant and sow until I succession plant and pull the garlic. that's a couple of weeks out, at most.
the garden looks amazing this year. so pleased. my allotment just looks like food to me. Growing what you absolutely love and think is beautiful is the key to a garden that you're excited about. and that is different for everyone!
there is a woman that grows cut flowers and flowers to press. it looks wild and it's beautiful. there are the kale lovers, the squash growers, the tomato people and the garden in the weeds people. everyone has their garden thing.
you heard me! don't put those frost sensitive plants in the ground until that first FULL week of june.
here is a link for an interactive average last frost date map for colorado. for once, i have found a true to the year frost date planner.
the farmer's almanac still says may 15th. if you want everything to die a miserable black death, then listen to them, otherwise, first full week of june.
then corn, beans etc get directly sown anywhere from the 10th-17th of june.
just for good measure, here is a USDA zone hardiness map for colorado.
up-potting some lime basil seedlings. 24 of them still going strong.
i am currently hardening off some onions, strawberries, kholrabi and oregano.
it's so exciting to grow your food and flowers from seed! it also gives you the opportunity to grow, and therefore eat, what you really, really love!
the biggest realization this year was that:
1- i really love basil. i am growing genovese, lime, cinnamon and thai basils from seed this year, with 20 4" pots of happy genovese.
2- every year i'm annoyed at how long celeriac takes to harvest from seed, and every year i swear it off until i harvest it and get excited for another bout of growing it! this year i doubled what i started last year...
3- having to make decisions between peppers and tomatoes is the worst. i want to grow all the things!
the tomatoes that i have chosen to grow this year are:
speckled roman (for paste/canning)
peacevine cherry (the link takes you to territorial, but the tomatoes i am growing are from my saved seeds)
a juicy red heirloom tomato from my favorite farmer and a mid-sized vine ripe, also from my favorite farmer.
the peppers i have chosen to grow this year are:
jalapeno (from my saved seed)
iko iko pepper (also from my saved seed)
mini red bell and a red bell pepper. both from my saved seeds.
I had a great time last night at the Mountaineering Museum for the opening Colorado Environmental Film Festival night and Golden community night.
I was able to get quite a few people interested in our community garden, as well as finding their local community garden (for those that do not live in Golden) and handing out my cards for the Golden Seed Savers.
Us seed savers and gardeners aren't a very social bunch, but we sure are passionate and we sure do love to share!
if I met you last night, thank you for stopping at the table and showing interest!
Im working on editing the seeds available for the seed swap (making seed envelopes, hand labeling and packaging seeds for single gardener growing) and will have the inventory posted under the golden seed savers tab, soon.
you guys, the behind the scenes stuff with the golden seed savers, the community garden, my own garden. the work!
i've scheduled the spring seed swap in time for indoor seed starting. it's at the library, a great space for a seed swap. this is a lot of designing info and literature, pamphlets, signage and the swap poster (below).
if you are local and have never grown a plant from seed, now is the time.
we are so disconnected with the importance of the soil, of knowing our seeds, of truly knowing our food.
i've also created a helpful little tab on my website for the golden seed savers, with a lot of resources to get you started, as well as some soil info.
in addition to these things, i've started a go fund me for the golden seed savers. i'm now faced with the problem of maintaining proper seed storage for seed viability, as well as labeling, weighing, sorting and storing all the seeds. i'm trying to find a good local location for a seed bank to be, with a sign out system, as i've already catalogued all the seeds I currently have. a feat in itself! until i have some community support, however, i cannot do these things, including funding a proper seed savers website (i already bought the domain).
these winter months are truly meant for garden dreamers. the beautiful seed catalogues, circling and drawing hearts in the margin like a school girl. i want to grow all the things!
the flier that i'll put at the library and through the community garden will not have my website address on it, since i'm quite a private person, with a green St. Pat's theme.
i hope to see you there!
every year. every year the january itch becomes unbearable, so i pull out all of the seeds and mark where the planting date is on the calendar (20 weeks out btw).
i pull out all of the seeds i will be growing this year, reserving all the other seeds sorted in totes by type for the seed swap.
my seeds are then sorted by direct sow, seeds started for my garden, and seeds started for the community garden seedling drive.
above are my direct sow seeds for 2018. some flowers/herbs are missing as they're in-transit via floret flower farm.
above are the seeds i will be starting indoors for my 2018 garden, minus a few flowers/herbs from floret flower farm. there are some overlaps in what i'm starting for my personal garden and what i'll be starting for the community garden's second annual seedling drive.
above are the seeds i am starting indoors for the community garden seedling drive. i found last year people like basil. all the basil. so i'm doing like 5 types of basil, including a gorgeous variety via floret flower farm.
tomatoes and peppers are the obvious other favorites for the seedling drive. i picked some awesome ones to grow this year. if you're local, i hope you'll come by the garden and pick up your plant(s). all money (i ask that all seedlings are for donation) made from these seedlings is donated to the community garden.
the seeds in the giant packs are seeds that i saved from plants growing from abandoned plots at the community garden or from my favorite farmer's organic tomatoes. i did a germination test on some of them, all 100% germinated. here's to a bountiful 2018 garden!
children have the magic ability to make you slow down. to view the world through a lens that contains questions and magical answers.
growing your own food is one thing.
but really being awestruck by a strawberry.
being low and close enough to the earth to notice the balled rolly-pollies in the mulch.
the color of anthers. counting how many petals are on a peeking chive blossom.
that's the good stuff.
(sorry if i got any songs in your head ;) )