I can’t even begin to explain why I haven’t been writing lately. It’s all rather cliche anyways – work, kids, weather, injuries, kids, work, kids. The usual. That said, I haven’t given up on my dream, just the blog, so we’re still on track! Well, a heavily-revised track.
I have started some pumpkin plants, tomatoes, basil and thyme for the garden. I expect to start some lettuce etc this weekend, but I need to repot my toms first. I started my plants in my lovely sister’s vermicompost this year, instead of starter soil. Don’t ask – I saw the opportunity to start some plants and that’s all I had. The result? Very very very vigorous growth! I can’t keep up with them! I thought they’d have trouble breaking through the soil since it clumped really hard, but they made it and have been growing and putting on leaves about 10X faster than last year. I’m in shock.
I haven’t built the chicken coop yet. We renovated our basement last fall/winter and all my time went to that. Now I have an epic job ahead of me cleaning up the debris, saving what I can from the crush and moving forward. I have found this: http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/zip/2914541398.html on craigslist and am DETERMINED to get it. I could combine a play structure with the coop! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THIS BEFORE? I mean I have seen it done a MILLION times, I saw another free structure and thought of converting it, but it wasn’t until the man assumed it’s what I meant when I showed him this one when I really started considering keeping both elements. Now I can’t handle the wait to find out if it’s ours. So desperate to have it, since it’s actually close, well made and interesting to look at. The chickens could go under either of the two taller decks, I think. I need to get out to it and measure it obviously. Anyways, I’m excited. Very excited.
So, it could be sooner than later for me, which is great and scary at the same time. I need to do some sewing for my daughter’s birthday, she has a broken arm right now and needs me more than ever, and our house. Our house. Always a project desperately needing my attention. So we’ll see I guess!
I need a good couple of weekends with not too much rain to get into the garden. I’m hoping for Saturday morning given the forecast. Wish me luck!
PS What have you started so far?