Sunday, October 24, 2010

Simple Garden

My vegetable garden started out as an experiment.   I've never had my own vegetable garden and read a book about the square foot garden method, so I thought I'd give it a try.   I started my seeds indoors in early spring for tomotoe and mixed pepper plants.   The wood for the frame/box came from our neighbourhood large garbage pick up day, discarded by others.   With the reclaimed wood, a raised box was built 4 ft x 16 ft and filled with garden earth and 2 years of collecting compost in 3 compost bins.   I use absolutely no pesticides or fertilizers and there are few, if any, weeds.   There are no isles for rows - so little space for any weeds to grow.  I have 7 rain barrels around my house collecting rain water.   It's now early August and have not used my hose once this year for watering the vegetable garden or any of my perennial beds or flower pots.   All the water comes from the rain barrels.   Radishes, peas, beets, carrots, pole beans, mixed peppers, cherry and beefsteak tomatoes, squash, zucchini and cucumbers were planted.  I have a bumper crop of beans and am already daily enjoying fresh radishes, beets, carrots, peas, zucchinis and beans.  I feel great about growing my own organic vegetables and the savings on my grocery bill and even better all less than 100 feet from my back door ! 

How's that for the 100 mile diet !

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Back to Basics

Homemade Preserves from hand picked nature's bounty

Friday, October 22, 2010

Simplify.... Simplify

Our life is frittered away by detail ....
Simplify, Simplify ....

Henry David Thoreau

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