Holy green beans

When pondering what veggies to grow I immediately thought of green beans. I just love them with just about anything. Being a novice cook among other things I have also come to appreciate that it is really hard to mess up cooking green beans. Anyways….So when I first invested in some seed starters, I figured I had some time to get the rest of my garden supplies together since at literally any moment we Coloradans could be subject to a snow storm.

Jiffy pods provided the necessary soil I needed and the added bonus of a lid, I could recreate greenhouse conditions in my relatively dry climate. With seeds successfully planted I happily drove to town for my three days of work, and upon returning….

Holy green beans…..Seeings as it is still February in Colorado, some creative thinking is required to keep these babies alive until the ground thaws. Yes yes…Looking back now I realize perhaps starting later this whole ordeal could have been avoided, but here we are. Enter grow bags! Happy little felt bags to place plants in that allow them to both continue growing while being cheap and mobile to allow to but many at once, and move them on and out of my sunroom as needed.

We shall see how this goes in the coming week…


Overly Ambitious?

Before we moved into our house we were living in an apartment. I had big dreams of having a huge garden someday, maybe some chickens, maybe even a goat? So to keep the dream alive my mother got me my first book on homesteading. I’m going to be frank, going full-blown homesteader seemed terrifying….while the idea of producing all the goods we would every need in our very own backyard…..I really liked netflix, and my own personal laziness factor made the whole thing very daunting.

So while perusing my homestead book there was a piece about only growing what you will actually eat. This seems like it would be common sense, but I can attest that once you get into that seed aisle you want to grow IT ALL. So after doing some research on veggies that would do will in the temperamental Colorado climate, and good beginner veggies that could hopefully survive my novice gardener skills, I settled on: carrots, green beans, brussel sprouts, lettuce, spinach, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, and various cooking herbs.

Fun fact: Seeds are small…that does not mean the end product will be, so when calculating out how many seeds to plant I thought 12 was sufficient…surely not all of them would survive initially. Well they did. So next adventure for tomorrow will be planning out grow space….wish me luck!

The Beginning

I truly feel that all of us have a handful of years in our lives that are game changers. Within these 365 days, our lives will change so drastically that looking back, it’s all a blur. 2016 was one of those years for me. In the course of just a few months I managed to graduate from nursing school, get married, and finally buy a house all before closing out 2016.

We had relocated to a much more *ahem* rural area. Quite a change from the busy Denver I had been used to. While this provided many opportunities for a culture shock, I came to realize a back yard would mean I could finally entertain my dream of being a homesteader. So here we go, here’s to a new year, in a new house, on a new adventure!