Our backyard has abundant shade and acidic soil, so choices for growing edible things are limited. Still, there are options for these conditions, and we are learning to adapt our growing methods. Currently, we have a cherry tree, two blueberry bushes, a growing number of strawberry and raspberry plants, walnuts (thanks to a neighbor’s tree) some sage and other herbs. This is our first year here, so I am still in the beginning stages of planning for this space. I want to have salad greens and other shade-tolerant vegetables in position, but with two little explorers who have claimed this area, I’m afraid it will soon be trampled or uprooted (although they do love to help garden). I’m realizing that some of the existing landscaping has edibles as well – violets, fiddleheads, and the ever-present dandelion. It is exciting to discover just how much can be harvested from a small, shaded space!
The increase in daylight came just in time for this busy season of life. We are in process of finishing up the sale of our first home, beginning a new business venture, working on getting a garden started, and attempting to keep up with everything else. Boredom is a luxury that just doesn’t exist. We take one day off a week, but other than that, it is full force ahead.
I will be sharing progress photos and information on our new garden/urban homestead, as well as more recipes, photos, and projects. In the meantime, I periodically share some of my favorite internet discoveries in my sifted series. My April collection is listed below. Enjoy!
: : I’m inspired by the results of this planting method. Fruit and nut trees take some time to begin producing, so once we start placing ours we will definitely try speeding up the results with the information given. Check out the video!
: : The strawberries are beginning to flower, and I have found this fun project for the girls and I to try out. Maybe we will get to savor more of our ruby-hued fruit than the birds!
: : I often have leftover brown rice to use up, so I found a Lentil and Brown Rice Soup recipe on Pinterest that has become great way to use the leftovers in a delicious and easy meal. I employ my vegetable broth seasoning recipe to replace the chicken broth, and left out the celery (for some reason I never have celery). Yum!
Much has been on my mind lately. Thoughts about the new year, about the alterations to our life this last year precipitated. Contemplating where we are headed and where I want this year to take us. Growth and withering – everything traces back to gardening here.
I apologize if I sound vague. I can’t quite share all of these thoughts, plans and prayers pouring out. Hopefully you will see some of them develop here on the blog. Meanwhile, I am preparing a photography project I am excited about sharing in the coming months. Until then, keep on growing!
It never goes away. That urge to change every detail to your imagining; conjuring plans for a room. Our current home has mostly been updated to the previous owner’s vision. Still, I feel the need to repaint; to tear out all the pretty landscaping and grow edible things. Maybe I am not made for move-in ready. I have to create; to shape something that reflects my imagination in a practical way. That is why I love photography and gardening.
My husband is equally driven by creativity, even more so when it comes to a house. He is the real genius behind designing and seeing building projects to completion. With his training in architecture and our passion for making things both functional and lovely, we have a hard time sitting still. I am not sure what the future holds, but we are striving to make decisions and progress that will one day allow us to encounter another venture, whether that be another fixer, or building something from the foundation up. We desire not just a house, but a sustainable homestead that will keep us busy creating and doing what we love.
I have slowly been updating details and adding more photos to the life in a fixer series. I really wish I had taken more pictures of the home the day we moved out, but we were already quite behind schedule and the lighting was not favorable. Regardless, I am sorting through the photographs and adding them as I can. Each detail recalls a memory of those special times, as well as the hardships that became a part of our journey.
I had plans to write a post on a new chickpea recipe I have been making for quick lunches, but then all these peaches showed up on my countertops demanding attention. My evenings have been spent washing and freezing about 65lbs of the fruit, flash freezing 3 trays at a time. I must admit, I wish we had picked just a little less of this summer treat; but how often is one surrounded by trees full of such deliciousness?
Do you have any favorite recipes or preserving ideas for an abundance of peaches?