I didn’t get all of my planting done. Surprised? I’m not. Usually I do such a good job of getting everything in the ground (or pots) by the end of Memorial Day weekend. This weekend was a little unusual in the fact that Matt was working on the chicken coop the entire weekend, so he wasn’t as able to help me with digging and tilling and corralling the babes 🙂 Now we have a few days of rain to contend with, but hopefully by the end of the week it will dry out enough for me to finish planting.
I realized that I didn’t get nearly as many tomato seedlings as I usually get, which means I will be driving back to the greenhouse for more seedlings. I try to plant as many tomatoes as possible, because I love tomatoes, and because I try to preserve enough for the winter. It never seems to pan out. I can’t figure out how many pounds of tomatoes I need, how many jars of salsa I really will go through, and whether or not I want to push tomatoes through some type of grinder in order to have tomato sauce. Instead, I just plant as many as I possibly can, and hope for the best.
Hoping for the best seems to be my mantra when it comes to gardening. I never seem to do the conventional gardening techniques, I don’t plant in rows – instead it is more of clumps. I don’t weed nearly as much as I should, and I forget to label things, which means I rarely know what is growing where until the vegetable shows up.
This past month I feel like we have taken several steps forward when it comes to our house, and making it a home. With every spring in the past we have thought of selling our house (we even thought that this spring), but this year we finally committed to staying here, and actually living here which is something we haven’t tried before. When we were always looking towards our “next step” we would just float through our time here. Not the most pleasant ways to live. I am finally understanding make your place. And while I still want to move to our land and build a little house and have some goats and chickens running around, I need to settle into what we have currently.
Oh those life lessons! They certainly are a struggle to learn. Is there anything new that you are learning about your life these days?
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