The Weeping Gardener

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.

The garden in its current January glory

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.

Metro's Greenhouse!

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.

Sleeping Gardener

I couldn’t resist posting this picture of Edith napping with me today. She is by far the best thing I grew in 2011 🙂


Nebraska! Oh, there you are.

Like most Nebraskans, I have been taking all of Nebraska’s wonderful bits for granted. I have lived here my entire life, yet I cannot say I have ever been to Chimney Rock, or the Ashfalls, or dare I say it….Carhenge!! Not to mention all of the other under appreciated gems hidden in Nebraska like the Czech Festival in Wilbur, NE, Kool-Aid Days in Hastings, NE, any of the 25 wineries throughout the state, and the Boardwalk Back Into Timein Winnetoon,NE (where the hell is Winnetoon?!?!).  I think it’s about time to become a Nebraska tourist.

Proud Nebraskans

My 2012 New Year’s resolution is to be an explorer and lover of Nebraska.  To discover my state all over again. The first few months of my exploration will be focused on the Omaha/Lincoln area due to the realities of time, weather, and motherhood.  After that I am going to be runnin’ my ass-ka all over Nebraska!

Be sure to check out the Places I Hope to Go and add suggestions to my list!