To all my blogger friends (you know who you are), local gardeners and some new people who just signed up to read my blog. I have not disappeared off the face of the earth, but I have been on “no post” zone for nearly half the year. I have no excuse just life got in the way and was in overload for too many days. I realize I could have written a post, but I never did.
When you find life’s distractions get in the way, well, they just become what you focus on for a bit. I needed to do that to get through the messes in my life. Nothing serious, just distractions. You know they say things come in 3’s, well, I say three times what???? Distractions were raining down all around me this summer and fall. I finally just gave into them and let some things slide. Well, my blog and garden were the first things to go.
I usually have several garden parties throughout the growing season; It was the first growing season that I did not have any friends or neighbors in our garden. I did have family over to celebrate my parents moving about 20 minutes up the road. We do not all live near each other, so when we have time to get together it is precious.
I have always said my parents have “white-line-fever” they can’t stay in one place too long. My mother is the only one driving since four yrs ago; my father was in an accident that made driving impossible for him anymore. The two-hour trips to my house were worrying me each holiday for she insisted on driving both ways. If you know my mother there is no arguing! She embodies the word stubborn. I look forward to having them closer and hope to have them over more often in our garden next year. I created a garden to be a place for people to visit.
I will be redesigning our gardens next year. I need to grow more food and make decisions as to what will stay and what will no longer be in our gardens. When you have small spaces, as we do in the city, you need to plan. I can’t grow everything, so I plan on sharing with you the process of how my garden grows. I am finding that growing in the city means rethinking what a garden is and how to incorporate food growing throughout the landscape.
I am gravely concerned about the quality of our food in the USA. In the midst of the chaos this summer, I was building soil. I would like to take 2017 to share how one can grow food year round, take care of nature and create a place for family, friends, and neighbors to visit right in the heart of the city. I am committed to that goal. I grow plants, save seed and share with others. It is a mission I hold dearly to my heart. I feel if we don’t pay attention to how we grow our food, support others that grow what we can’t; we will lose the battle for our health. Our health and natures are deeply rooted in what we do.
Please join me in the next year, as I try to shape my small piece of the world we live in; to be a place for healing
Look for me the next week as I stop by and visit your blog + some of you that live locally; seed sharing time!