My Organic Garden 2018

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If you hoped to see some beautiful lush, green photos, or colorful vegetables in this post, I’m afraid you will be disappointed. We’re not there yet! Be patient, those photos will come, sooner than later. We’re in California after all 😉 I started my seeds indoors today. It’s little late (but not too late,) for our part of California. I could of started them indoors a month ago, and have them in the ground by the beginning of April.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that my longterm goal is to be as  self sufficient as possible, having a small homestead that provides the food my family needs, and a little extra. We’re not there yet. It’s my goal, and I will get there, but it’s a few years into the future. The progress might seem slow to some people, but it is a steady progress. I’m coming a little closer to my goals every passing month. These past six years I’ve been trying to learn as much as I possibly can about organic gardening, working in different places, in Nevada, and California. It’s starting to pay off.

I’m not ready to start my own homestead yet, but (drum whirl …) we just signed a lease on a property with ample space for a big garden. We’re moving to our new place in two weeks. Before last weekend I didn’t know if/how/where I was going to have a garden, that’s why I didn’t start my seeds until today. I am excited about this new place. It has an exquisite house, and plenty of room outdoors, including a big pasture (with a little barn.) I see us living in this place 1-2 years, at least. Time to further improve my gardening skills, before starting my own homestead.

There will be lots of work to make it “our place”. Starting up is somewhat challenging, but rewarding. The best part is that I get to bring Ghost (my horse) home. Right now I’m boarding him at a very nice boarding stable, but there’s a 25min drive, one way. Almost one hour both ways, (more during rush hours.) I always go there twice a day, that’s almost two hours, every day. I can’t wait to have him outside my door, being able to go out to the pasture anytime I want. I have started to look for a friend for him. It would be cruel to have only one horse (in many countries it’s even illegal to have only one horse,) they are herd animals. Ultimately I would like to give a home to a horse that really needs it, there’s so many of them out there.

As you can imagine there’s many thoughts swirling around in my head right now, so much to do, and so exciting! I guess this post wasn’t only about gardening, but for me, my gardening journey this year started today, when my daughter and I planted the first seeds. We started lots of cherry tomatoes (because we love eating cherry tomatoes,) eggplants, pepper, and squash. We will plant other vegetables as well, directly into raised garden beds, in a few weeks.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I would love it, if you’d share your gardening plans!

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Categories: Mindful Living, NorCal, Organic Gardening, southern NevadaTags: , ,

10 thoughts on “My Organic Garden 2018

  1. Exciting news! Things are falling into place nicely, I’d say.
    I’m not much for veggie gardens (we are CSA members), but more into flowers, though we grow herbs, garlic, beans and potatoes always self-sow. I’ll be starting seeds this weekend to get a head start. Our frost free date is the end of May. Most of my gardens are flowers, which I (and the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds) love!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I have a good feeling about the direction things are going. Very excited to have some outdoor space of my own. So is my daughter. I wish you were closer, there’s a lot of flowers at the new place. Most of them I do not know anything about. I will have to learn some new things, which is always good, right? 🙂 I love having fresh kitchen herbs outside my door. I usually grow basil, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Sometimes I try parsley, and dill, but I haven’t had great success with those. What kind of herbs do you have in your garden?

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      1. Herbs we like are tulsi (Holy Basil), Italian basil, lavender, thyme, parsley, cilantro and summer savory. Savory is delicious with potatoes and in salad.
        You can always email me a photo of a plant you have a question about (address on About page) and I will endeavor to answer the best I can.

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        1. I might just do that, email you with questions 🙂 I love lavender as well. I’ve never used lavender in cooking. Only planted it for it’s beauty, and wonderful scent. I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful spring day, it’s going to be 80 degrees here today.

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    1. Hi Andy. It’s been 7 years now. In the beginning I missed it a lot. I never planned to leave permanently. I love the mountains in Sweden very much. I have my life here now, I love it, and I don’t allow myself to think too much about things I miss. Every chapter is filled with its own sweetness.

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      1. I sometimes think of moving. I live still in my childhood town-in fact next door to my childhood home where my Mum still lives, and I have a penchant for somewhere more isolated, more coastal. (My wife doesn’t share my enthusiasm!). I know you’ve read my book, and how Orkney features. I love that place. But I fear that I will miss my roots too.

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