I can't even get our seeds in the ground yet- still too cold. In fact, it's supposed to snow tonight! I think this weekend we will be able to get everything planted.
Right now we have chives, peas, onions, lemon thyme, and spinach all sprouting. They are the early spring crops and seem to be doing great. AND our strawberry patch looks amazing. Maybe I'll just take a picture of that!
There isn't much going on yet, and this is only half of it. It is still too cold to plant tomatoes, peppers, squash and such. I haven't had much time to deal with weeds, but hopefully I will get to that soon!
Thanks, wxbuny. It really is a pretty home, just not very GREEN. Which is my new thing now: being green.
So I'm trying to find ways to lessen our impact on the earth while living here:
* Better insulation * better winterizing * switch over to those new light bulbs * keep the heat down in the winter and the air up in thesummer
What I'd really like to do is find a place out in the country where I can practice sustainable living: gardening, have a cow for milk, chix for eggs, a pig to breed and slaughter, large laundry line out back, use recycled rainwater, have some solarpanels and a new wind turbine.
I share your dream, all but the pig, I don't like pork and the pig would have a name and be my friend in the first two seconds! yep I'm weird!! My hubby does ALL those things you need including windows (he's a professional glazer (fancy name for glass cutter, window maker/installer)) He has been out of work for almost two months now, so do you want him to fly out?? hehe!
Have you heard of the passive solar concept? It's about orienting your home in a east to west direction and having large windows on the south side. In the winter when the sun is in the south it allows that radiation to heat your home and during the summer when the sun is more over your house you cover the windows or grow deciduous trees to shade the windowns. You could google it to get a better description. Also I when we get to a more permanent location I would love to have geothermal heat/air installed.
But...I have to say that I'm shocked at how...dusty?...your earth is, LOL. :)
I'm from Ohio where it's brownish-black with lots of fat worms and the soil is extremely easy to dig in and has a very "earthy" smell to it...your earth looks hard to dig in? Do you use a type of fertilizer or added nutrients to yours?
I'll take a photo of my meager herb garden, LOL, and post it tomorrow.
BTW, Montana's soil is pretty barren and dry. Which is why it's only good for grazing beef cattle and growing wheat.
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