I recently looked back on one of my first garden posts---- I'm not talking about my yard work, or posts in my new home and the start of our backyard garden (raised beds!)--- but like, one of my really, really old posts. When I was living in my old teensy (awesome) house and not having an inch of real yard to grow on. I had big hopes and dreams for a one day yard. And really, I imagined it to be much like the space we have now--- but more finished. (Slowly, but surely!)
Even now, looking back, and with how much we've built, grown, and accomplished, that garden post is dead on. We still use a pepper spray as pesticide, but it's changed a tiny bit since my original recipe. Also, I no longer use my cute floral sprayer, but instead this practical, not fancy one--- we've got a lot more ground to cover! Maybe I'll get crazy and dress it up one day. Alex will love that. haha :)
I still struggle with seeding--- that's more Alex's job in the yard, but I love being back there and doing detail ocd-ish work on the plants ;)
For me, it's awesome looking back on my old posts. In emails when people tell me how nice it's been to see my life unfold--- I agree. It feels weird for myself to acknowledge my own life changes, but I agree. It seems outside the normal everyday thinking to self evaluate who I am and what I write, but it's true--- and it just feels good to not only think back, but to look back on each step and process and see change and growth in my life--- and in my wishful and real garden too! I'm happy to do it. I'm happy to look back and plan forward. And as odd as it feels sometimes--- it feels really good. It's part of growing and it should be a part of everyday (maybe not so ocd) maintenance, if you ask me ;)
My simple home organic gardening tips post has a ton of organic gardening tips and a lot of links and books, if you're interested! I myself am going to look back through some of my old links I forgot about :) Our pepper spray has kept away the aphids and we've been really lucky with pests--- the snails have been keeping to the other parts of our yard and we've only had a bit of caterpillar trouble. Not all our plants have flourished. Some were great and then after we re-planted or moved them, they simply died. We've dug them up and tried again. It's been a really great process of learning.
I think about it everyday, but I'll be sad when winter is over and we're mostly stuck inside again. But maybe that will give me time to dream for the next big plan--- whatever it might be.
Dream. Do. Evaluate. Dream again. Grow.
PS. Are you in florida? Have you seen these guys? It's an io moth caterpillar. If you find them, be careful! They're incredibly beautiful, but painful! Just the slightest touch will burn your skin! We have maybe a hundred of them living in bush in our backyard--- luckily it's a bush we planned to remove-- but ouch, poor M accidentally got in touch with one and her hand blistered up within seconds. Just some cautionary advice, we don't need any other kiddos (or grown ups too!) getting stung!
-I have a few posts in mind. I know you guys loved the raised bed DIY post. But what about more garden DIY's? Yay or nay? I'm alway torn. I also have a few more easy how to's like my artichoke one-- but other vegetables of course :) And a 'how to be cheap as can be an live a great life post'--- or something like that ;) Also, that cleanse?! I finished the last page last night. Amanda and I have a few more back end details to figure out, but we're both excited to say, it'll be ready soon!
-Also, my friend Emily is offering 40% off custom portraits! I have a garden post from weeks ago that I meant to put up with our cute kiddos--- but haven't got around to it. But I'm selfishly looking forward to her maybe moving back anyway ;) Need a beautiful hand painted portrait? Check out her shop and use discount code 'ohdear40' at checkout.
The pictures above are from our first garden harvest! An English breakfast radish harvest! Mmm! In PJs. Outside. In the garden. An (almost) everyday for us.