• Dig Dig for Victory

    Taking Stock

    In Zone 9a, as I have mentioned before, we have some weird growing guidelines. We can grow decent tomatoes in the fall, for example, if we pick the right varieties and have a plant with a nicely developed root system. Brassica family members need to go in the ground around September. I will need to start everything in June and July, which means, I need to start thinking about my fall garden now. Having organized my seeds, I have learned that I have no tomatoes at all. I don’t know if the two cherry tomatoes I planted this spring will be able to set fruit as we are already approaching…

  • Dig Dig for Victory

    Sowing Contentment…Seeding Organization…

    The Fella and I went digging through the house last month, looking for all the random places that I had stashed my seeds throughout the year. My chronic seed buying habit, coupled with this lack of organization meant over buying of some things, under buying of others, and contributed to my general lack of preparedness. I decided that something must be done. I saw a video from Justin Rhodes, where his wife had her seed envelopes nicely organized in a binder. I wish I could find the actual video, because her seed collection is truly impressive. I decided that this was the best way to go, given that I have…

  • My Best Self

    Doing my Homework…

    I have been spending “stay at home” time reading. Today it is “The Backyard Homestead” series. Last week it was “Grow Food for Free” by Huw Richards. Before that it was a lot of books on French portage gardens and landscaping with fruit. The Fella and I are researching and planning heavily right now. We are asking the tough questions: “What comes next?” I’m a hyper-planner. I am the queen of spreadsheets, according to the fella. I’m a major believer in “proper preparation prevents poor performance.” I think this comes from a childhood experience. Once upon a time, when I was eight years old, my teacher was teaching about glaciers.…