Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

Randomness, spring, gardening … March 17, 2008

I made ketchup and bbq sauce today caz we were just about out.  I was going to make laundry detergent too, but ran out of time.  I’ll get to that tomorrow.

I’d like to start hanging clothes out on the line to dry.  I probably could have done some light weight stuff today, it was 50 and sunny with a breeze.  It’s supposed to rain tomorrow.  Figures.  I should be able to try for it on Wednesday though–62 with rain in the evening.  There’s always a catch though.  I HATE the way line dried clothes smell and feel …  I’m going to see if I can ‘get used’ to it though.

Spring is in the air, and I’m ready to get out in the garden.  I have a teensy problem though … my black thumb.  If killing plants was a competitive sport, I’d be a world champion.  I still like to try though, and I’m going to try my hand at organic gardening again this year.  Now that the kids are 8, 7 and almost 5yrs old, I think I can utilize the free labor a little more.  The last time I tried a garden was 2 years ago, and they sort of just stomped all over everything!

I can’t put anything into the ground for at least 3-4 more weeks, but I’m thinking about starting some seeds indoors.  That will also be a great thing to involve the kids in.  I’ll have to figure out where to put the starter cups though!  I could probably clear off the  top of the entertainment center …

What should I plant???

Cucumbers

Tomatoes

Zucchini (my fav!)

Yellow summer squash

Basil

Rosemary

Dill

Cilantro

A melon of some sort?

and I intend to put 2 blueberry bushes in.

Is that too much though?  I have a tendency for being too ambitious … I think that’s why I kill everything.  Then again, I have better free labor these days.  My kids haven’t pulled a tenth of the weeds I had pulled by the time I was their age (not to mention walking 8 miles one way, barefoot in snow up to my eyebrows …), I think it’s definitely time for them to start paying their dues.   I think I’ll put the herbs in all the pots I ganked from the last rental place we stayed in, lol, and keep them in the front yard, maybe by the front door.

We shall see …

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