Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Notes from the quiet

I've been somewhat absent this week, I think part of it has to do with my gardening season coming to a close. We've had our first frost (bye bye basil) and unfortunately it caught me somewhat off guard and a few of my potted plants on the deck died off. However we still have one raised bed producing and quite a few of my herbs are still hanging in there.
However, I have felt my enthusiasm in the gardens wane somewhat with the winding down of the season. I find that I don't mind it though, it gives me a sense of being in tune with natures rhythms. Instead of being drawn outside I feel compelled to 'put up the harvest' so to speak and find myself making jams and applesauces from the local pears and apples.
Over the next few months I'll probably shift my focus here to linking to information on canning and other forms of preserving your harvest.
Also, as I get closer to the start of the tiny house build you can expect to start seeing more info on it as well as 'homesteading' plans for next year.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Five Reasons You Should Grow a Raised bed

This year we have expanded our veggie garden with the addition of four raised beds (plus two that are waiting for soil). These beds have been very easy to maintain and have produced so much food for our family.
The main reason we decided to go with raised beds is because of accessibility for me. I injured myself a few years ago and now I can’t kneel to work in the garden. So being able to sit on the edge of the raised bed makes it much easier for me. However there are many other reasons that raised beds are a great idea. Here are a few:
1) Weed control – Because you are going to add soil to your raised boxes it is possible to add a weed barrier underneath. I personally didn’t do this, but it would definitely cut down on maintenance. I have noticed that even without the weed barrier maintenance is fairly minimal.
2) Soil quality – Maybe you live in an area with less than fantastic soil. Maybe it’s sandy, or maybe like mine it is filled with lots of little rocks. Anyway, no matter what the soil quality is in your area, you get to decide the quality of soil in your raised beds. Buy a good quality soil and you will be rewarded in the long run.
3) Easy to reach- Provided that your boxes aren’t against a fence you can get at them from four different sides, which means that none of your plants are more than two or three feet away from you. It’s easy to get in to weed, harvest or mulch. No matter what you need to do, it’s never more than an arm’s length away.
4) Longer growing season – Done properly you can extend your season on both sides. The soil will warm up earlier, meaning that you can plant sooner. Also a raised bed is very easy to add a cold frame to, meaning that you can keep growing well into the fall.
5) High yield – a well managed raised bed can pump out an amazing amount of food. When you combine the good soil, long growing season and easy maintenance you get a lot of bang for your buck. Not to mention they are easy to do square foot gardening in, increasing your yield but eliminating the wasted space associated with row gardening.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Herbs

For years now I have wanted to grow my own herbs. I tried once a few years ago but it didn’t work out so well. This year however I finally managed to get it right. I planted up some basil,sage,oregano and thyme in a pot that I keep on the deck. This way it is near the house and easy to get to when I need it. If you’re thinking of planting herbs I would definitely recommend starting with container gardening. As winter approaches I have started a small container of herbs that I am going to grow in kitchen window. In it is some rosemary, oregano and basil (my favorites). Coming soon I’ll be sharing some of my favorite ways to use fresh herbs.


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

First Week of Project 333

I feel like I must be doing something wrong because it is almost too easy! I have stuck to P333 this week. I have to admit I have it pretty easy though, I work afternoons (in uniform) and spend more than a few mornings in my PJ's (which aren't counted among the 33). I haven't touched quite a few of my items, mainly dresses and coats, but they were included because of upcoming events (Christmas/weddings). However the items I have been using are very versatile and super comfy so it makes it pretty easy.
And it's forcing me to stay on top of laundry which is always good.
Here goes week two!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well it's Thanksgiving up here in the great white north (it's not so much white right now as a breathtaking array of greens, oranges and yellows) and I have a lot to be thankful for. My family and I are healthy, the critters are happy, the garden is still thriving, the tiny house savings are slowly growing and project 333 is going well (more on that tomorrow).
We're having our family dinner tonight, a rare occurrence that I love, and some of the veggies even came from our garden. Speaking of which, check out my carrots below! We planted them late so they're just little but they are adorable and so tasty!
I'll leave you with just a little reminder to take time today (and everyday) to step back and realize that life is good and you have enough. Happiness is all around you.
Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, 1 October 2012

First Day of Project 333

Happy first day of P333!
I managed to get my list done last night and I think this should cover everything I’ll need, but I am giving myself the first week to make any changes that are needed (pretty standard procedure) and if anything gets stained/torn beyond saving then I will replace it.
So here it goes…
1.       White tank
2.       Coloured tank
3.       Black tee
4.       Coloured tee
5.       Print tee
6.       Grey ¾ sleeve shirt
7.       Pink blouse
8.       Black turtleneck
9.       Pullover sweater
10.   Grey zip down hoodie
11.   Navy zip down hoodie
12.   Gray Roots Hoodie
13.   Beige cardigan
14.   Green dress
15.   Sweater dress
16.   Fancy dress
17.   Navy pants
18.   Black jeans
19.   Blue jeans
20.   Skinny jeans
21.   Dress Pants
22.   Warm tights
23.   Yoga pants
24.   Green pants
25.   Pleather jacket
26.   Black trench
27.   Tan jacket
28.   Winter coat
29.   Knit hat
30.   Wool cap
31.   Striped scarf
32.   Floral scarf
33.   Mittens

Outerwear
Dresses

Tops
Sweaters/Cardigan

Pants




Others













What's on your list? Leave a link to your blog/site in the comments and I'd love to check out your P333 journey!