2018 was the year of growth. We welcomed Jack into our world, and I personally feel like I found myself this year. The transition from who you were before children to who you are after isn’t something that you’ll see many Moms talk about. Mainly because it’s messy. It’s an indescribable journey that is as equally painful as it is beautiful. It was in this transition that I discovered my love for gardening and plants.
I didn’t grow up with a love for agriculture. My grandpa always had a garden and my dad liked to grow vegetables, but that was pretty much it. So I am sure that you can imagine my culture shock when I fell in love with a farmer. Needless to say, I learned a lot and I learned it quickly. I never knew so much prep work went into farming, and when they say that you need to thank a farmer, they’re serious. They work so incredibly hard. My husband is the catalyst that aided my passion of plants and growing vegetables.
When you see someone have such a passion for something, it’s contagious. I’ve recently been reading a lot about composting and growing micro greens indoors. Those are my current projects and I hope that I can keep you guys up to date with the progress of it all.
For our compost, I’ve started by collecting most cardboard and paper items people typically toss out. Toilet paper and paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, cardboard boxes, etc. I’ve began to shred them down so that I can mix them with straw to be the new bedding in our chicken coops.
While the chickens do their thing with the new bedding, we will get to work on building our own compost barrel. At this exact moment I’m not too sure what that will look like, but we have some ideas. My main resource for our compost is The Rodale Book of Composting. I got it for about $6 on Amazon and it’s incredible. Highly recommend it for anyone thinking of getting into composting. I will track our progress and hopefully give some tips based on our experiences.
As for micro-greens, I have developed an immense interest in seeds themselves and the germination process. I knew that this coming year I wanted to start ALL of my plants indoors rather than buying plants and planting them, but the micro-green world was one that I didn’t see myself being attracted to. I started watching YouTube videos of different gardeners and methods and came across one of mirco-green growing. It was literally fascinating. I love the fact that you grow greens for 10-15 days and then harvest them. The variety available for micro-greens is another main positive point for growing them.
My wonderful husband bought me some LED grow lights for Christmas, so that we can get started in our indoor growing adventures. The photo below is our initial setup for the micro-greens and transplant plants. I know that things will be altered and moved around as we get more comfortable and see what works for us, but for now it’s great.
I plan to keep everyone updated on this venture as well as the composting. If this is your thing, but sure to follow my blog so you can be updated when new posts are available.
As we say goodbye to 2018, I do want to pray that each of you leave behind what needs left behind, and hold onto whatever it is that helps you grow.