One of my new year’s resolutions for 2012 is to be more self-sustainable. I hope to grow and store more of my own food. For some reason after I had Edith I began to fear the end of the world as we know it. I am not sure why this fear came about, I have a few guesses (recession, losing my job, having to take care of something for the next 18 years), but it really got me thinking about how I could live my life without all of our modern conveniences. I have been gardening for the past four summers by trial and error and was pretty successful the first two years. The last couple of years have not provided the yield I would have liked. I started composting last year so that I would have some new soil this year, decided that I would educated myself more about gardening and canning, and expand my garden in 2012.
Today I took a Gardening Class at Metro Community College. Metro has so many great non-credit classes to offer and most of them are at the Fort Campus which is a really beautiful old army base “Fort Omaha“. I have always wanted to take a non-credit class there (Hooray! Another goal fulfilled). I had originally signed up for a specific class on vegetable gardening that was cancelled so I moved over to this other class. I was not super excited about taking a class on a Saturday but in order to meet my goal I made myself do it. Basically what I got out of this class was that planning and maintaining your garden are the most important things in regards to vegetable gardening. Also, I learned the extension office also provides tons of valuable information on the topic (duh!?!). Needless to say, I was incredibly disappointed in this class. I was hoping to learn what soil certain plants needed, when to plant, how much spacing was required. I guess it is my fault for not just consulting the greatest teacher of all … the interweb (as Brent likes to call it). We did get to visit Metro’s greenhouse though which was very pretty and warm.
I feel like I am back to square one but I do have a plan. I want to plant more this year and plant things that I can freeze and use for baby food. Also, I am done with zucchini and summer squash (I hope Brent can live without these because I am so sick of them). I also want to plant in the cool seasons which means root crops, potatoes, onions and greens. I hope Brent will be on board with digging in the dirt in late March because I need his manpower.
I couldn’t resist posting this picture of Edith napping with me today. She is by far the best thing I grew in 2011 🙂