"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Simple Day

We hit 90 degrees again today.  The saving grace has been that the nights have been cool with lows in the 60's.

All the seeds I direct sowed last week are up. Yeah!

All except the carrots.  It's funny...just about every east coast blog I hit has issues growing carrots.  I expect I will too, but it's worth a shot considering that I always have carrots in the veggie bin.

We're experiencing a dry spell here in the Piedmont.  No measureable rain in a month.  Mother Nature really knows how to turn off the tap.

SM mowed the yard today.  It's been several weeks since we last mowed and even though "It's a dust bowl out there" Sm said that it needed it.

We're also noticing that the maple is starting to turn.  We think this has more to do with the lack of rain than the assumption of cooler fall weather.

I've spent most of this afternoon reading Farmama.  She's got me considering mixing up my gardening styles. 

As I read through her archives, I noted that she has raised beds for the family garden, tilled acreage for their local organic vegetable business and, just this year, they are trying the "no-till" / sheet mulching methods that I've also heard about.

The nice thing about being a "beginner" in all this is that I can experiment as I enlarge the garden space.  See what works.  Mix it up so something works.


  1. Nice photos Tami. You're experiencing similar to us, but then I'm only a hundred or so miles south of you. The major difference is that my carrots are coming up and will hopefully be successful!

    I appreciate the link to Farmama too. I've been gardening for quite a few years, but am looking at new methods and at making changes next year. It's helpful to see what others do.

  2. I was just on your blog and see that you're WAY ahead of me with your fall garden.

    Somehow I just didn't feel that anything would grow with all this heat.

    That's what I love about blogging, Live and learn!

    Since this is my "freshman" year I expect that my sophmore year will be a bit more aggressive.