Earlier this year I accomplished a major feat, paying off my debts accumulated from years ago before my divorce. Now my household budget is blooming, looking brighter everyday. I am determined to stay in the black with my green habit. Red blooms only, no budget in the red! Did you follow all those colors and what I am saying? It means I am gardening on a budget, small budget at that. With three grown children getting married this year outside of our town, cuts are made before the flowers bloom. Dean and I need to budget our time and funds with our growing adventures. We chose to not go to the farmers’ markets. We can concentrate on the redesign of Deanna Greens And Garden Art rather than the market. We will continue to grow organically. Dean and I’s health matters too much, so no short-cuts there. The founder of Missouri’s organic Mueller Farm, where our friends at EarthDance are housed has a sign displayed which says, “Health begins in the soil.” BTW: EarthDance has a class they are offering at a nominal fee called “Health Begins In The Soil” for St. Louis locals in May. Checkout their web page: http://www.earthdancefarms.org. Dean and I may see you there as we could use a refresher course. More vegetables and herbs than perennials will grow in our newly constructed raised beds made with 1 part good quality compost, 1 part good quality organic soil, and 1 part sand for proper drainage. The rich soil and the non-treated lumber to make the raised beds are our most expensive investment in 2014. Our hardy red geraniums will continue to bloom in big pots this growing season as they have all winter under our plant lights in our semi-heated garage. Sunny zinnia and marigold blooms will welcome parishioners and guests at the church once again this spring and summer. In about 2 weeks our gourd seedlings will go into the ground underneath recycled metal arches situated near the greenhouse, trusting we will be frost-free by then. If we have a bumper crop of gourds, we may venture to a farmer’s market or two this autumn. Gardeners and weekend farmers, how do you cut cost with your green adventures?
We too are being careful with finances. My loss of a job and the bloated price of propane (which we use a long with Firewood) really sapped us this winter. I’m trying not to count my chickens before they’re hatched, but it looks like my coleus, angelwing begonia, impatien cuttings are doing well, along with the tuberous begonias. PRAISE THE LORD! Those and the perennials will pretty much do it for flowers this year. However, I’ve been waiting for 2 years for some David Austin roses that are scheduled to come so I will have something special to watch over! I’m pretty sure I still have all the vegetable seeds that I need. I use out of the same envelope many years in our small garden. Then our local CSA folks want me back again playing music for the autumn harvest festival, so the bartered weeks of veggies are really a blessing! Isn’t it fun to be open to change and go with the flow instead of insisting that we continue to do everything the same, even when our bodies/time/circumstances don’t allow? Such peace when we don’t push so hard, and get upset about shortcomings. “To everything there is a time, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecc. 3:1 Bless you guys, your family and your flowers!!
Isn’t it a blast planning the garden, Tamie? Propagating from last autumn’s cuttings is a miracle! And that packet of seeds for years will produce sprouts and plants with such yummy veggies and herbs! And how fun to barter your talents for a CSA share! Yes, I am learning to let go, let God even with our garden and greenhouse. Love you and yours! Happy Easter!