Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Steps towards sustainability




I think it's wise with the recession and uncertainty of future, to take steps towards becoming sustainable. It's my dream and goal to one day have my own wee solar and wind powered homestead with a pet goat, egg laying chickens and an awesome vegetable and herb garden.

But for now, in our wee cramped up ex base housing 3 bedroom rented, where we're not allowed to plant in the ground, we're planning to start with a container vegetable garden this year. We've bought (too many) seeds and started some seedlings. We don't really know what we're doing, and I already think I ruined some pepper seedlings by not having the soil warm enough. But we're giving it a go, and whether it all turns out well or not, we're enjoying the process.

We're having a go at strawberries, loofas (for sponges, not sure if it will turn out as they need 120 day growing season but it's worth a try), tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers, salad greens, summer squash peas and beans. Oh and some flowers (some edible, others just to attract beneficial insects) and some herbs. And the girls are having a go at a venus fly trap. Seeldings don't look so happy just now though, for the venus fly trap. We'll see how it goes.



5 comments:

Kinsleys3 said...

I look forward to visiting your homestead someday! ;-)

Kinsleys3 said...

There are several community gardens downtown...are you near any of them or able to be a part of one? I remember we used to walk by one at like 10th & B.

Niecey said...

We actually do get an allotment here, and will use it also. But we think we'll do better with something right outside our door, so we can tend to them better.

Snobound said...

I think you'll have a wonderful time with this - we're so proud. We also got the girls some seed kits for Easter - we'll be sending them along soon.

Sam said...

Self watering containers are perfect for your situation, Belle. There are some really good ones at earthbox.com. But Wal-Mart has some smaller ones at very good prices. I had great luck last year, too, with plastic 5 gallon bucket with holes poked in the bottom. They weren't self watering, but produced great tomatoes and bell peppers. Good luck. Have Fun. And Good Eats.