“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” ~ Bill Mollison
I’m keen to recommit to A Farm of Your Home this year. There is much work to do and I’m pretty pleased with my progress. Slowly but surely!
I have been encouraged by the fairly mild summer weather. And while I’m not sowing spinach or other delicate plants just yet, I’m delighted that so far, nothing in the garden has perished from literally being burnt to a crisp.
It is actually raining as I write which has me almost delirious with excitement as it is expected to continue for the next few days.
January was all about getting organized and setting some goals.
I started with what I wanted out of my garden this year. On New Years Day, I took in a couple of chicken refugees, and asked are backyard chickens for you? I experimented with the easiest water kefir recipe and explained why I no longer have a hive at home.
I used insight from Buckminster Fuller and applied some “trim tab” thinking to my garden goals while contemplating the economic theory of abundance. With all the new chickens in my coop, I shared ideas on how to keep backyard chickens happy and healthy.
As things heated up, I shared our favorite icy pole recipes. All my new garden plans need a date and routine to make them all happen, so I managed to overcome my overplanning tendencies using the bullet journal method. Then, I got my bee-keeping game together with a handy checklist.
February the kids go back to a new year of school and our summer break comes to an end. The kids didn’t get much of a summer break last year, we were packing up the house, had tradies over to quote for the renovations and were either donating or selling all our unwanted stuff. This year was much more relaxed and fun!
February is usually the time of year when the weather really heats up so I’ll be looking at ways to handle the rising temperature in the garden.
Speaking of rising heat, it is also a romantic time of year with Valentines Day mid-month. I’ll be sharing all the most notable aphrodisiacs you can grow in your own garden, and profile all the plants that like it hot!
I’m also planning to catalog my entire seed bank this February, ambitious, but possible. February means the start of the summer seed harvest, so I’ll look at ways to ensure you can save seeds (and money!) ready for next years bounty.
I’m comfortable posting three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and will keep it up! If you have signed up for my newsletter, starting February I will be sending them out every Sunday evening. So if you are yet to sign up, please do, and get freebie bits along with my latest updates.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write such lovely comments and emails. I have a tendency toward introversion, and since I otherwise travel as far as my garden or computer, a bit of interaction with like-minded people just makes my day.
I also love to hear about what you are up to in your own patch, so please, keep in touch!