Today’s Harvest – Working On My Dream

I am so amazed that despite the raging fires, my garden is still producing. It might be a while before I have a big garden again (maybe?) After living in northern California for a few years I feel confident that I have the skills it will take, when it comes to tending a good garden, and living a self-sufficient lifestyle. That feels awesome! One of the main reasons I choose to stay in this area as long as I did, was to learn more about organic gardening, and I have. I feel extremely good about that. I’ve done a fair share of experimenting, and learned by trial and error. Learning by doing is my favorite way of learning new skills. I need to learn things hands on, to really get it.

Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What you believe to be possible will always come to pass – to the extent that you deem it possible. It really is as simple as that.         ― Anthon St. Maarten

What most of you don’t know, most of my closest friends don’t know either, is that a while back I purchased not one, but two, different properties for my future homestead. Neither of them are huge, but big enough. Both of them are almost paid of now. I am not planning on living on both of them. Just one. I haven’t decided which one yet. They are a few hours away from each other, both are located in the foothills of a mountain (different mountains.) They both have what I consider perfect climate. Both of them are properties where I could see myself living for a long time. On one of them I could collect more rain water, but the other one is closer to natural springs (not on my property, but still.) One is closer to a town, than the other, but still very private. The other is more rural, but only 2,5 hours from a very big city (there’s smaller towns closer.) I am by no means ready to start my homestead yet, but this move will mean that I will be closer to both properties. In my head I could slowly start doing little things on them, while working and making more money towards developing them. Most of all, I can spend time on them both, and get a feel for which one I like better. You see, this is part of the reason I can stay this positive with this unexpected change. Maybe it’s just the universe pushing me towards where I’m supposed to be. I think that might be exactly what it is.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Did you know this about squash?

Squash is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. That’s a serious nutritional power-packed veggie. Yellow squash is also rich in manganese. This mineral helps to boost bone strength and helps the body’s ability to process fats and carbohydrates. Pretty cool don’t you think? BTW this super veggies is one of the easiest to grow yourself. You can even grow it in a pot, if you don’t have a lot of space.

…and the flowers are so beautiful. One squash plant produces vegetables over a long period of time. I have 12 squash plants in my garden. Half of them are planted in the ground, and half in pots. Starting in April I plant a couple seeds every other week, to spread out the harvest over the summer months. We’ve been eating squash in every thinkable shape for over a month, and we’ve also been able to share many pounds with our friends. The twelve seeds I planted will provide abundance of squash for the rest of the season. I paid $2.25 for a seed package of organic yellow squash. So far this season I’ve harvested  more than 100 all organic yellow squash, and we’re not even half way through yet. The plants are setting new flowers every day. Eating good, quality, organic food doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact it’s the other way around. If I’m counting low the $2.25 I invested in the seed package will yield 200 squash. Very likely more. You do the math.

Yes, there is some work included in the deal. I planted the squash in compost from our household scraps, and I’ve been mulching my plants with organic matters that I collected outside (available for free,) and watered  my plants every day since I planted the seeds in April. Gardening may not be for everyone, but it’s definitely for me. In Productive Organic Gardening On A Budget , the book I’m working on, I’m going to include some numbers. The actual cost of  creating a sustainable garden, and what you can expect to save, compared to purchasing organic produce at a grocery store.

The joy included doesn’t have a price tag 😉

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Love,

Ms Zen

In my garden today

Just sharing a few happy gardening photos on this special day.

I hope you’re having a fantastic 4th of July! Enjoy the day, and stay safe!

Love,

Ms Zen