Does the craziness around the world, and the empty shelves make you more aware of where your food comes from? Does it make you want to be more self-sufficient?
I’m at home this week. My school is open, but I have a terrible cough, and with Corona in town we are advised to stay at home with any respiratory problems. I do not think I have the scary monster, but I am following the recommendations. Hopefully I will be back to work next week. I did have some cough this weekend, but got up at 5 am as usual on Monday morning, but the cough just got worse and worse while I was getting ready for work. I feel bad leaving my colleagues (the few that aren’t at home) by themselves with all the work, but there’s nothing really I can do about it. I talked to one of them on the phone yesterday to see how they are doing. It’s not like I think the world will fall apart without me, but I would prefer to be there since the school is open. I love my job, I miss the kids, and I think very highly of my hard working colleagues. For now I rest, sleep and drink tons of tea. I don’t even have a book to read (very unusual for me,) I finished the last one I had at home this weekend.
Plenty of good books is definitely on my “future prepping list”. I had a library I was proud of in Las Vegas, but was forced to leave it. Books are heavy. My library consisted of a combination of useful homesteading/gardening books, horse training books, photography & travel books, and exciting novels. I need to start working on a new library. Beautiful books are satisfying.
I’ve liked the idea of being as self-sufficient as possible for a long time. That said, since I am only renting my home I was planning on doing just a little bit of gardening this year.The craziness with Corona made me expand my idea a little. I have plenty of seeds, and I’ve tried container gardening with good results before. At the moment I have tomato seedlings thriving in my window, and last weekend I started bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, peas, and cucumber. My daughter started some pumpkins. I’m not sure that we will get enough sun for the pumpkins, but maybe? I also planted tomatoes and radishes with the kids at work, (in mini greenhouses that they made out of empty egg cartoons filled with soil, and a plastic bag over.)
I’m hoping to be able to find Elderberry bushes, and a couple fruit trees next month, when they start selling them for the season. I got an email this morning with photos of my container fruit tree garden in Las Vegas that I left with a friend there, and it looked fabulous. The figs and pomegranates looked very healthy. I have invested so much time and money in fruit trees, mostly in California, and it is a little sad to think about that. On the other hand it feels good knowing that someone else is enjoying my hard work. One lady I Northern California should be getting a good harvest from the 20+ trees I gave her when I moved from California 2018. Propagating fruit trees is something I really enjoy, and did a lot of in California. It’s very satisfying watching a new tree grow strong roots, and sprout the first new leaves.
I don’t have the same great climate for gardening here, the season is shorter and more limited here in Sweden, but there is still a lot of plants and trees that I can have, and I am going to learn about them now. That is exciting! Do you have exciting gardening plans you are about to start? Or maybe you already started to plant some seedlings? Let me know in the comments! Time for another cup of tea here 🙂 I hope you are in good health!
PS. Things are pretty good considering. When I was proofreading the post I noticed that it may have a negative tone to it, that was not my purpose. I relished the beautiful gardens of the past, while planning a new garden. Both my daughter and I are in good spirits. ❤