Green Thumb (Week one)

I’ve always wanted to have a garden… I’ve always talked about having this little greenhouse set up in my back yard that way I can get all kinds of fresh produce all year round. And since winter seems to last 6 months (ok, still bitter about the snow) it’s a good idea to me.

So, we all decided we were going to do some gardening.

Since there is about a foot and a half of snow outside, attempting to plant anything would be physically impossible, haha. So we got this little potting tray that has some potting soil in it and 72 little sections. It was pretty easy to do. Just add water and the soil stuff kind of swelled. Then we just sat around poking our fingers in it and stuffing seeds in.

We went ahead and chose twelve different seeds to get us started. We’ve got cucumbers, sweet peppers, jalapenos, a melon, carrots, and green beans as far as veggies go. Then the herbs we’ve got are oregano, cilantro, thyme, dill, basil, and rosemary.

I also went and wrote out what each spot was on some nifty little plastic markers, but unfortunately I ended up having to cut them way down. I had even written the “gestation” period on the backs… but I had to chop those off in order to stick the lid on the top to promote some greenhouse effect.

See? Now they’re all short and stuff.

Now, I don’t know much about planting anything. And honestly, I am no good at making sure plants live. I have tried, and failed in the past to keep flowers alive…so I’m hoping that veggies are better. Haha. But all that information about where to plant them and everything else that goes along with growing plants is completely out of my league. I’m hoping that it isn’t as hard as it could be. We’ll see.

But I’m really excited for when these things are ready to eat. Actually eating something that I grew, it’s going to be pretty awesome. It’s completely different than cooking or baking. Not to mention, once we get some more veggies, our grocery list is going to go wayyyy down (as long as everything thrives, ha).

But Josh and I are taking this as an opportunity to give Landon firsthand knowledge of this kind of stuff. I think it will be good for him. He already loves vegetables, and he absolutely loved planting them. And up until he went to bed he kept running to the tray to “make sure they are ok.” Funny boy. He’s so proud of himself.

I’m hoping to get some lettuce, tomatoes, onion, broccoli, and peas planted soon. There is this little section in my backyard that is about 10’x20′ that would be perfect for more planting. And I think that is what I would like to do with it. It would be great.

But that’s the cool thing about those potting trays…apparently they are big enough that it will allow the plants to grow and stay in there until the temperature raises enough that it’s safe to transfer the plants. So we’ll be adding several weeks (close to a month) of growth… at least I hope it ends up like that. There were tons of warnings about frost dangers and whatnot… but I am looking into a temporary greenhouse DIY project just in case.

So here goes nothing…going to attempt to grow some food!

Look how proud he looks!!!

Hopefully my brown thumb turns into a green thumb.

Any advice on growing your own food???

s-NO-w.

Ugh, I am so sick of all of this snow. It’s one of the “things” about Michigan. I mean being surrounded by five lakes… it’s almost predestined that we get slammed with snow. Year after year. Doesn’t help that my small town of Manistee is bumped right up against Lake Michigan. Our winters are more lake effect snow than anything else. Ok. There was an iceberg on the lake. A friggen ICEBERG hanging out near the shore. What the heck.

A little visual of Grand Ole Manistee County. Winter stems from about mid-November…although some years we have been lucky enough to trick or treat in 2 inches of snow. It is customary to hear “make sure you can fit your coat underneath your costume” while shopping for Halloween Costumes. Then the snow decides it wants to melt near the beginning of April. Sometimes we’re lucky that the snow will melt a little early. There have been so many Easter egg hunts that have been plodding through the snow…a few of us have cruel parents who actually bury an egg and laugh while little kids are digging around in the snow (I’m glaring at you, Mom).

Ok, I might just be a little bitter towards snow. But when there are sometimes 6 months worth of snowfall, it’s hard to be happy about the fluffy white stuff. I definitely know that there are other people in different states who are scoffing at my complaints over snow.

But one good thing about winter, it there isn’t any pressure to go outside, at least not for me. So I get some quality time in front of the keyboard.

So with that note, I have a confession to make. I have hinted around about it several times in the last year or so. It just never seemed like the right time to say something about it. For some reason, I’m in a sharing mood.

I love to write. Absolutely love writing. I have a few (ok, ok…like tweleve) Harry Potter fan fictions floating around on various sites. I have a few short original stories on separate sites. And before my computer crashed I had about 11,000 words written for a novel that I have been working on for the better part of two years.

Ok, “working on” is kind of a lose term. It’s more like procrastinating, writer’s block, and a side of writing. I have two years worth of ideas, notes, and planning in various notebooks. It kind of got a little bit confusing after a little while because I had so many ideas and I didn’t know what to do with them all. So I got a brilliant idea and decided to make a series with all of my ideas. That is when I got serious about writing my book.

The whole idea of these stories are kind of based off of slightly twisted versions of Greek mythology. Not the best way to explain it, but I’m too paranoid to go further into detail. Apparently it seems that is the “it” thing right now. With Percy Jackson, Sherrilyn Kenyon novels…well, quite a few Paranormal Romance novels seem to have a Greek mythology undertone. I haven’t quite decided how “paranormaly” they should be…but we’ll get there.

But I have been stuck at 11k words since December… thanks a lot old computer for crashing. And I know that 11k words don’t seem like a lot from a full length story point of view, but it’s a ton for me.

So, yes. I might not be an amazing writer, I have no idea. If I base it off the reviews I get for my fanfics or original shorts…then I’m pretty good. Haha. But basing my writing off of this blog…not the best idea. I don’t bother too much with proper grammar (for those of you who get annoyed with the shear amount of “…” I use will understand) and I try to make nouns into verbs by simply adding “ing” to the end. Googling is probably my best example.

So yeah, that is my confession for today. This way, when I start freaking out about having written 25,000 words…or 50,000 words… you all will know what I am talking about. Haha.