A bit about us...

We are a modern family of three, living on less than two acres with a 3,000 square foot garden that meets our produce needs and allows us to share with friends and neighbors. Our laying flock of chickens seems to expand each year as we raise chicks each Spring to replace older hens. This blog is more of a journal, if you will, for us to chronicle and share our experiences in the yard, garden and kitchen. It is our hope that along the way a few folks might learn something, be entertained, or simply enjoy sharing in our stories and the lessons we learn on a daily basis. I named the blog after the times when I am the happiest, when I am elbow deep in earth.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The City Boy Goes Green

This is quite an adventure I will be undertaking. I, being someone that can kill a plant in seconds flat, will be learning to tend a full garden? To what do I owe this insanity? The thought that at the end of the day... at the end of the season... I will have something to be proud of. I will have something that will give its love back-right back to my belly. I have to admit, I am rather excited.

I spent some time tilling the garden last year; getting the ground ready. I expanded the garden from the former patch to almost three times the size. It is going to be huge.. at least huge to me. Of course, a garden that is bigger than 4 Chia Herb pots is bigger than anything that I have ever planted. (And that Chia Herb Garden got destroyed three days after I started it when I knocked it off the window sill).

Maybe I should see if Brandi knows what she is getting us into...

It is a little secret that this city boy has wanted a little bit of land to "run" on. It has been a vision of mine to have a nice house on some land.. something to sink my time into. It sounds like this summer I am going to be sinking my time and arms into the land... literally.

I expect it to be hard work. I expect to have pains in my muscles and brown patches on my knees and palms most of the summer. I have told Brandi to expect whining and complaining some of the summer too. I know that at the end of the season, I will have burns on my hands from the canning.

Maybe I should see if Brandi knows what she is getting us into...

I also know that I will be eating lots of yummy fresh fruits and vegetables. I know that I will be feeling a fantastic sense of accomplishment. I know that I will be eating and living like a farmer should-adding my touch to the "circle of life"-even if the city is just a half-hour away.

Maybe Brandi already knows what she is getting us into...

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