Green Thumb To Be

I’ve long had a dream to live on a farm, totally old-school style the way my great grandmother lived her entire life. The circumstances of my life have prevented that, but today I took the first step towards my dream. It’s a tiny step, sure, but it’s more than what I’ve done in the past.

Garden This might not look like much, but that right there is our humble beginnings of a garden. Planted are two beefsteak tomato plants, two red bell pepper plants, and a big container of cucumber plants. Let’s hope I don’t kill them all. Next year I want to start earlier and plant a whole bunch more stuff. Ideally, I’d like to have potatoes, yams, red & green bell peppers, hot peppers of some sort, cucumbers, carrots, and corn at the very least next season. But, let’s just see how this season goes first.

I also signed up to participate in the One Local Summer challenge which began this week. I didn’t have a full meal that consisted of all local food, unfortunately. I hope to do that as the summer goes on. Funds are tight, though, so it will just depend on how much local chicken/turkey costs. I need to do some more research. The start of this challenge came up on me faster than expected. Summer isn’t for another few weeks, after all. :-)

In my dream world, I’d have chickens and all sorts of foods from the garden that I cultivate and can, thereby keeping our kitchen stocked with extremely local food. The idea of knowing exactly what is in the majority of my food, where it all comes from, and the cost savings alone are enough to make me salivate without even beginning to take into account how delicious all of it would be. Maybe some day.

Here’s to a fruitful harvest!

7 Responses to “Green Thumb To Be”

  1. Andy says:

    I’ve just started doing the same thing. I’m growing from seed, having put down some roma tomatoes, chilli and bell peppers, green onions, lettuce and various herbs.

    I’m am just heartily sick of paying the earth for tasteless, barely edible vegetables from the local supermarkets. Aside from the satisfaction of growing things myself (not to mention the money I’ll save), at least I can control the quality of what I feed my family.

    Best of luck with the garden.

  2. Kim says:

    I hope everything is very fruitful for you, Amy!

  3. psi guy says:

    I grew up on a farm, and I remember it the whole lifestyle really made life more enjoyable. I think now with technology, we are getting out of touch with that. I hope you can find the rewards in what you are doing-it is truly worth it.

  4. Sarah says:

    My garden always starts out looking the same way. I’m positive that it will look great, however. By the way, I found you on some guys blog ranking list. Do you know him? Kinda flattering, I guess.

  5. 4wrdthnkndad says:

    I stumbled on to your site. My dad loved to farm and garden, which meant I couldn’t consider it as an option till after he died. So my little venture into the earth consisted of laying down sod in the backyard. It isn’t perfect,left a few slumps and ooops in the yard-but I enjoy it. Hope you can enjoy the process too.

  6. Deb says:

    It’s a start! I love beefsteak tomatoes. One plant can give you so many…
    We always had a huge garden while I was growing up, but alas, I don’t have a green thumb like my father. I look at plants and they wilt…animals happily are safe around me!

  7. juliemadsen1 says:

    Well this looks nice, gring some more photo’s in the comming month, so we can see how thing are going :-) Goog luck