May 2019



May has just flown right by it seems.

Garden/Food Production:

We have 1000 square feet of annual planting space in our garden and it is almost completely planted. We have 2 types of lettuce, kale, spinach, chard, turnips, radishes, peas, carrots, summer squash, hot peppers, sweet peppers, okra, parsley, eggplant, basil, tomatoes, and to be planted sunflowers, pumpkins, winter squash, and green beans. As some things finish up, I will fill their spaces with new seeds.

Our perennial garden also looks pretty good: asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, grapes, apple trees, peach trees, cherry trees, persimmon trees, and plum tree.

The pollinator garden (Ellen’s memory garden) hasn’t started blooming too much yet, but it has filled in very nicely. I might actually have to expand it next year. It looks like there will be a mass of flowers!

The rabbits are doing well. Work was halted on the chicken coop as we worked to get the garden planted. We’ll work to get it finished now that the most time consuming and time sensitive garden tasks are done. We have finished enough of the chicken coop that the rabbits are in their new spot. It has made a huge difference in my ability to care for them even if I’m having a rough day.

Cost of garden supplies + seeds this year: $78. $45 —stainless steel handle spade. $33 —seeds. Harvest in May = $40

Retreat, Education, and Reading:

I went on a retreat with my church to New Harmony, Indiana. It was a lovely time of quiet reflection, time spent with friends, and hearing presentations from Kenneth McIntosh about Celtic spirituality. He did 3 presentations: Everything is Sacred, Furred and Feathered Friends (creation care), and the Cross.

I’m still plugging along with Welsh and still absolutely in love with the language. I got a couple of new books to geek out over too!

Book List:

  • The Overstory by R Powers
  • Quantum Space by D Phillips
  • Quantum Void  by D Phillips
  • Quantum Time by D Philips
  • (Listening to) Circe (again) by M Miller
  • Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth by S. Bivans
  • My Family and Other Animals by G Durrell

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