My husband, Handy J, is the gardener of the family, and my title is the trusted assistant. He is teacher by day, gardener all other times and has a natural ability for growing. He has started grapefruit trees out of seeds from a finished grapefruit given to us by our neighbor when she returned from Florida. He’s started avocado trees from a pit of one of our Mexican meals a few years back. He really is a natural.
Ever since we moved into our first house which included a very modest piece of land (in town), he’s been mapping out the square foot gardening approach, researching plants and planting methods, getting his grow lights hung in the basement, and researching everything about large-scale homesteading and self sustenance living.
The long-term goal is to live on more acreage with a more energy efficient home, and partake in farming; with hopes that it moves us towards owning/running a small CSA (community supported agriculture) or some sort of side business for which we are passionate. This is our dream and our goal.
We are now into year 3 1/2 of the 5 year plan to make this dream a reality. Many factors determine the speed at which we move forward with this goal; struggling economy, finding land, finding a job near that land, and all the while increasing and growing our family. We are attempting to be patient, but with every passing year become more aware of how life goes by so quickly.
So until that day comes, we do with what we have and that’s not too bad. It just happens to be a little plot of land in town that we load down with vegetables, herbs, and flowers!
On the garden line up for 2010:
- Brussel Sprouts
- 3 types of heirloom tomatoes: brandywine, cherokee purple, amish paste, as well as cherry tomatoes and yellow cherry tomatoes
- 4 types of lettuce: oak leaf, cimmaron, prizehead, & black seeded simpson
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Yellow squash
- 3 types of onions: red, yellow, & white
- Black beans
- Green beans
- Herbs: dill, oregano, parsley, sage, garlic chives, cilantro, 4 types of basil, spearmint, thyme