Kathy reminded me that it has been an awful long time since we’ve talked about all the challenges! So… spill it everyone – how are you coming??
The Growing Challenges
I planted seeds in my new p-patch 2 weeks ago. I’m experimenting with peppers and tomato seeds directly in the ground. Who knows if they’ll come up!
My mom and I spent Saturday morning at the Seattle Tilth and Master Gardener plant sales, stocking up on seedlings for her garden and our balcony garden. Neither of us had the ability to do seedlings indoors this year – due to travels or too much work. But I’ll grow lots straight in the ground, and supplement those with organic seedlings!
Evangelizing wise, I’m here and pumping away on the blog, hoping to reel in a few more gardeners here. I also spoke at Sustainable Capitol Hill a few weeks ago about urban gardening, I’m regularly writing for the city’s Community Garden Post (comes out quarterly), and every time I garden at my p-patch plot I talk to about 10 different people passing by!
Accomplish Your Dreams and Walk 10,000 Steps
I walk to and from work every day, and I now walk to my garden patch, too! I very rarely drive now – it’s getting easier and easier to walk everywhere. I’ve also lost several pounds, and shrunk from a size 12 to a size 6! :)
As far as accomplishing my dreams, I’m pushing my new business forward and really really really trying to make that work for me financially, socially, and environmentally. It’s growing, we’ve hired 6 employees with a couple more on the way soon, plus a few sub-contractors! Each job we take on is more exciting than the one before. On the path!
Green Your Insides and Buy Sustainably
Buying sustainably took a turn for the worse when I started working so many hours and Matt started graduate school. I continue to find more and more locally-sourced products – there are very few things we buy regularly that don’t come from Washington or Oregon. But… I’m eating a fair amount of packaged, organic food for lunches and even – gasp – dinners! I can’t wait until the local farmer’s market opens up again – I think it will help considerably because I can eat a lot of raw fresh foods again.
As for greening my insides, I think I’m pretty much green inside and out. That’s the one I’ve done pretty well for a while now, due to my asthma. Soap, moisturizer, deodorant, shampoo, dish soap,… all our body products are low-impact on our bodies and our world. Yay!
So How About You?????