Well...today is a fabulously sunny day....with a fair amount of wind, but I'm not complaining! Having the sun Shine in the sky is just what we all need after the winter time. The time of renewal, bulbs starting to sprout out of the ground, and of getting your home super clean since you can see better with that sun shining through your windows!
The biggest part of spring is gardening and planting in preperation for the growing season. I personally don't have a food growing area in the town houses I live in, so I'm going to give it a go with the community garden this summer. I'm not known for growing a garden, I'm known to have a black thumb, with threats from friends that if I bring a live plant into my home they will confiscate it for plant abuse.
Outside plants don't get taken away from me because at least they get water from rain..lol! This summer, however, I am going to go to great effort to not only to try to grow a food garden, but to succeed at it. With finances fluxing within our household, I need to try to make a contribution to our family. My main contribution usually consists of taking care of our kids, shopping, and making food for us to eat that tastes alright. With a garden that is cared for (hopefully), I should be able to make a significant contribution in our food budget, with little money invested.
I like to read alot of books, of varied interests, but my favorite is usually about living off the land. I love to read about having a small hobby farm, with chickens, goats, and a garden large enough to feed the entire family over the winter. I know that I'll never be able to accomplish this on my own, but if I don't start trying to actually grow things...I'll never live my dream!
I know it doesn't seem that great to most people, living with animals and living out of town, but to me it is what I hope to accomplish for retirement (maybe even before if I'm REALLY lucky!). Having a small acerage just a few minutes out of town, with soil that is capable of growing small scale crops, and two out buildings (one a shop for hubby to putter in) is the best dream.
So this summer, I will try to start the road for that dream, by growing a small crop with the community garden, and prove to myself that I CAN achieve my dream. It takes time and hard work, but all dreams require sacrifices inorder to reach them! :)
If you want to have a plot in the community garden this summer, then call Michelle Daymond. She works for "Candoit Consulting", and is the "Food Action Coordinator" of the Williams Lake Food Policy Council, her phone number is (250) 267-2085, or you can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there! :)