I took a small break from sharing online. Sometimes I need rest from exposing my life. It is difficult to allow myself to be vulnerable in this whole blogging venture. Exposed to scrutiny and judgment, opening up my life, and my family. It is a dangerous, radical thing, especially in this season. That and we have been so busy that it becomes hard to sit down and compile my thoughts and projects coherently without consuming what little and precious time we have left.
If I don’t feel ready to speak, it is helpful to let others do it for me. Below are some of my favorite internet discoveries of the month. I plan to collect these links each month or so, and post them for whoever else may be interested.
: : The disappearance of childhood has been on my thoughts lately. I want my children to grow up slowly, enjoying a connection to nature and simpler things. Too often children skim over their best years staring at a screen or sitting and reciting things in a classroom.
: : As our family transitions to a gluten-free diet we have been loving this recipe. Great for making a large batch and eating leftovers throughout the week or freezing. If you have any favorite gluten-free recipes, let me know!
: : These 5 things are quite important, and I think I will always feel like a beginner gardener.
: : I love these thoughts on parenting and grace. I couldn’t have explained it better.
Starting a garden can be overwhelming. There are numerous elements to consider, including the design of your space, the climate you plan to grow in , and the plants you want to cultivate. I am always learning (frequently by trial and error) about all of these aspects. Gardening is an activity that involves constant training and adjusting for optimal success.
Often the best place to begin to organize all your plans is to collect inspiration for gardening ideas and advice you come across over time. This can include books, magazines (I often keep our copies of Mother Earth News and Organic Gardening to reference), Pinterest ideas, and informative and motivating garden blogs. Keeping everything can quickly result in disorganization that will hinder productivity, so it is important to maintain only the most relevant sources.
Books and magazines can be wonderful hard-copy references that can be carried outdoors to the garden when needed. Often these contain the most in-depth information on a given topic or vegetable. I keep one main gardening book for information (John Seymour’s The New Self-Sufficient Gardener) which contains the bulk of the gardening advice that I need while planting or caring for my garden.
Pinterest is a useful resource for organizing important gardening links, as well as for pinning garden design ideas. I have a collection of pins that reference plans I would like to implement in our garden space over time, as well as relevant advice that I plan to apply. When you need a little visual inspiration for gardening, Pinterest is the ideal source!
I read select garden blogs mainly for inspiration and connecting with other passionate homesteaders and gardeners. I have gleaned many wonderful ideas and advice from blogs over time as well. It is important to be choosy about the garden blogs you choose to keep up with as reading them can waste time that could be spent doing something else, like gardening!