At minimum it is good for us to reflect upon how things are going and consider what things should be worked on yet. Here are some of our recent pictures and thoughts...
One of the first main crops we harvested this year was our strawberries. They were so much sweeter and tasted better than the berries we purchase from local growers in the area hands down. We just didn't have enough plants to give us enough berries to freeze for later when the harvesting was over. We had recently redone the strawberry bed (see earlier post) to clean up the overgrown terrace but that wasn't a big enough spot for all the berry plants we wanted. There were some plants that we had left in the mulch by one of our raised beds that we decided to leave and I am glad we did as this area produced more good berries than the newly prepared bed we made on the terrace. We are thinking to remove most of the gojies next year and make that area into a new strawberry bed as our goji experiment doesn't seem to be working. The goji plants don't produce well and the area is becoming overgrown and needs to be redone too.
|Strawberry Patch growing in mulch path. No S isn't picking strawberries, she is weeding. We would have loved to have a full 5 gallon bucket of berries!|
The strawberries have so far been our best garden blessing this year. T came up with a strawberry shake recipe that is delicious and something we have very much enjoyed this year.
|A typical daily Strawberry harvest.|
|Barry medley harvest|
|Pill-bug damage on pepper plant|
|Pill-bug trap success!|
|S on the hunt...|
|Collected worms which we later left on a board for the birds (and ants) to find.|
|We think this is Magnesium deficiency.|
|Tomato leaf curl.|
|Mini - Dill Forest|
|Beware of the parsley impostor.|
|Basil potting comparison.|
|Purple Cauliflower Plant|
|Days harvest of shelling peas and pod peas. Gotta keep 'em separated.|
Here S is planting some flowers to bring joy to the raised beds.
|Butterfly weed with honey bee, shhh... don't tell the butterflies...|
See the amazing self wrapping and climbing capabilities of the pole bean (purple) shown below.
|Purple Pole Bean|
One of the recent things we have been thinking and working on is knowing what our life purpose is and making goals and having a vision. It can be hard to plan ahead when the future is unknown and we don't know the turns we might take and where we may end up down the road. This can cause indecision and we may end up not making any decision for fear of making the wrong one. The result is life just passing us by and we wind up with regrets as we passively go where life takes us downstream, instead of being a proactive force, taking life to the highest level that we are able to go. We are deciding that it is better to try and fail at something than to never try anything at all.
One thing we are considering doing early next year is taking an online permaculture course and learning ways to be better stewards of this world God created for us to live in. The course is taught by Geoff Lawton who is a famous permaculturalist from Australia. Just watching the free videos offered on his website: http://www.geofflawton.com/ has given us some ideas of ways to improve things we are currently doing. Our hope is that this course will give us the knowledge we can use to better plan for the future.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Do you have a goal / plan for your future?
If you have any thoughts or comments, please share them below.