After reading so many wonderful blogs and wishing my life was a certain way or different, I realized I needed to get off my butt and go live it. And so, that is what I have been doing. Working towards living my life they way I want to and love to. And then, in the late hours of the evening, when I am worn out from living, I sit back and look at a few photos and blogs of my favorites and say, "Wow, my life is just as awesome, yay for me!"
One of my all time favorite blogs has been Amanda Soule's, SouleMama. Amanda is the editor of Taproot magazine, my all time favorite publication. Every year, she does a series on her blog that is a follow-along of her family's veggie garden and shows the projects and progress their garden is making thru the growing season. I LOVE seeing people's gardens, real people's gardens. People who do the work themselves, make mistakes, learn from mistakes and are happy and willing to share with other like minded souls. Amanda also encourages all of us to join in her little project and share photos of our own gardens, our trials and errors, our successes and ideas. So, this year, I have decided to take part. My little garden takes care of my family just fine and in time, when I have more time, I hope to enlarge it and garden on an even larger scale. A scale that is big enough to possibly take care of more than just our family, but that is a future dream, not the reality of this growing season.
We are adding honey bees to our property this year. At this time, the hives are ready to go, we are just waiting on our bees to show up. We don't have the hives in our vegetable garden, but I am thinking it may not be such a bad idea to put them there. I have noticed in Amanda's posts and photos, their bees are in their garden area. I may have to follow suit and move our hives into the garden.
So without further ado, here are photos of our 2014 Growing Season so far. Please join this fun thread if you would like and check out Amanda's beautiful and oh so inspiring garden, life and everything over at her blog, SouleMama. But remember, just read a little and then, GO OUT AND LIVE LIFE!!!!!!!!!
A second story window view of my veggie garden. Each year it gets bigger and better :) The raised beds on the right are my cooler weather crops and my asparagus bed. I experiment a lot here and sometimes grow things a little less familiar to me.
One of my raised beds where I grow, beets, spinach, Swiss chard, carrots, and garlic. We will see how it all grows, carrots always give me trouble.
Every year I try a different vegetable from the usual. This year will be my first year to plant Kohlrabi. The plant is beautiful when it is growing and I look forward to trying it out in my garden :) Also trying a perennial vegetable called Mashua, a tuberous plant very similar to nasturtiums.
So there you go, a little glimpse at what we have so far. I will update once a week or so as things grow and progress. Please feel free to join in and check out Amanda's blog for more links.