Dreaming of Basil

Nothing was as good as walking out onto the carport last summer and snipping some fresh basil for…well, anything!  This year I have dreams of expanding our little kitchen garden into a full fledged herb garden.  With the help of our raised bed boxes, I’m hoping it will not only be delicious, but pretty as well.

So last night we had the fire on, and I was in full on Nerd Mode–researching herb garden plans (which I found a fabulously easy one at Mother Earth News!), tweaking to scale models, and making copious notes.  Newest plant I’m geeking out about?  Nasturtium–all the parts are edible, and you can pickle the seed pods to create a caper-esque experience.  The kind I picked up during our weekend outings can be trained up a trellis, but also can trail over containers, or in our case, the planters themselves.  I think I’m in love!

Kindness of Neighbors

We live in a great neighborhood.  People are respectful, quiet, and kind.  No matter how crazy everything else gets, coming home to this house, this place, and this neighborhood has been my refuge, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Saturday was incredibly windy, and I got the first load of laundry up on the line (HOORAY!).  As I was almost taking flight with my sheets, our neighbor two houses up who has beautiful gardens and lots of fun tools pulled up in the yard and asked if I wanted him to take a few swipes through our garden with his tiller.

Um, yes please!

The result was that what would have taken us a full weekend to break up and start tilling Randy did in 5 minutes with his souped up John Deer.  There’s still a LOT of weeding and tilling to do, but he helped make this so much easier.

Homesteading 2011

I’m sitting as snug as a bug in a rug in my parent’s 1800’s something house in NH watching the Blizzard of 2010 create a winter wonderland outside.  We’ve set up Dad’s new iPod, and Mom is having fun reading on her new Kindle.  JGL’s Kindling it, too, and thanks to some research we realized he and I could share books, and more importantly notations in books.  It’s a little mind blowing as we have so many technologies converging here how Christmas might have felt up here 200 years ago.

But back to my Kindle thought…part of my Christmas gift from JGL was the book, The Backyard Homestead, which I’ve been eyeing up for quite some time now.   I was incredibly pleased at the depth and breadth of information, and as JGL said to me last night, “You’ve been going on with new garden ideas for almost 24 hours straight!”.  And he’s right, I’ve been pretty fired up about new gardening ideas and techniques, and I’m really quite excited to start to try to implement them. Not to mention all the notes I’ve made for myself on the Kindle so he can go straight to my bright ideas.

So as 2010 winds down, we’re already gearing up here at the JLG Homestead with visions of composting, A-Frame trellises, cold frames, hot houses and raised beds!