Sunflowers

image from wikipedia

 

I happen to love sunflowers.

They are so simple yet so beautifully complex.

One day I will learn to garden without animals eating it all

and I will have sunflowers everywhere

and we will sit in the shade and sip our tea

taking in all that is life

 

 

What Remains

I am attempting to grow a garden. At a wonderful request by Shannon I am going to fill you in with the dramatic tale of what has been happening to my garden. For this story to make any sense you must know where it all began Part One and Part Two.

It was a wonderful time my garden was growing beautifully. Veggies were full of life. And then I went on vacation for a couple of days. It was as though they were just waiting for me to leave. Watching my every move. Yes that is correct, the  thug cats in my neighborhood attacked my garden You see I have thug cats in my neighborhood. They run the streets. Not even the pitbulls have survived in the neighborhood, but they survive. I would not go out after dark if I were you. They will cut you. They lay on my car in the morning just daring me to say something to them.

They ate out almost the entire garden. I should have seen it coming. Set up traps while I was gone.

What remains

Update: Gardening dreams

I know that all of you are on edge as to the status of my garden. I will put you out of your misery. It is thriving! And I have not forgotten to water it yet!

In Case you have forgotten Here is the original post about my garden.

It started as this:

The finished garden! Have you seen anything more precious? Of course you haven't.

 

And One week later it is now this !

Who knew I had such a green thumb?

And Two weeks later! ( yes I just went out in the dark to take this picture)

On my way to being a true American Farmer

 

Cleaning up and Simplifying Life

I was a vegetarian in a past life. Ok well a few years ago, which seems like another life sometimes. I was so healthy at that point in my life. Practicing Birkam Yoga three times a week, and eating so many fresh fruits and veggies. Life caught up to me. But I am determined to make an honest effort to live a healthier life. Especially now that whatever I am eating my daughter wants to eat. Plus have you seen the ingredent lists on those kids snacks? If I can’t pronounce it, she isn’t eating it. How many chemicals should one be eating every day?

This has not been an overnight process. We started with milk, dairy, and eggs. We transitioned from store brand milk to local organic milk. (We are really lucky in that there is an abundance of local products here) Then we switched the eggs to organic as well as most all other dairy products. Now some days I get to the store and if they are out then oh well. I can’t get worked up over everything being organic all of the time. We just buy local and organic when we can.

The next step was meat. Yes I eat meat now, and my daughter eats meat like it is candy. Thankfully she is not a fan of candy and chocolate. And if you try to give her some, yes I will give you the evil eye. Anyways. What I found after price checking at the winn dixie, target, walmart, produce stands, and whole foods (yes my grocery store is called winn dixie for those of you not in the south. And yes it was developed to support the south during the civil war and is still around or so I have been told. that is another story for another day.) What I have found is that if you are going to buy organic meat, milk, and dairy the best price in my city is whole foods. Target has the best price on annies organic kids snacks. Winn Dixie has the best price on other food items. And the produce stand down the street has the best price on veggies.

You are probably thinking does she really go all those places every week to get the best deal? Well yes I do. I am on a budget here and in order to make the organic fit in the budget a girl has to do what a girl has to do.

This year I am planning of planting a vegetable garden. Last year I started small with an herb garden. I killed it all but the lavender and rosemary. But I will try again. I know nothing about growing vegetables, so any tips would be so appreciated.

Next goal switching out the cleaning products.