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completing a project., continuing to grow…

Over my life, I recognize that it’s best to be productive when I feel out of sorts or overwhelmed. Because I spent much of my youth quite busy with my sprout growing business, it can be challenging for me to do nothing sometimes. During those periods of nothingness., I usually ask what it is I could possibly be doing next, then pay attention to what comes around.

looking west

I have been busy completing my patio on the south side of the property. I like it. It is by no means perfect, but, what is? I’ve gathered the beginnings of plants for the raised beds surrounding the patio. This area will face south. I have been planting trees and will be adding a row of dragonfruit after I plant the 4×4 posts they will grow up. This future southern fruit forest will provide privacy to the patio, with an eventual abundance of fresh fruit. I’ve tucked herbs around the aloe.

Now the nurturing begins…

south view
gazing east

where I ended the day with my herb bed…

I enjoyed the process of creating a herb bed beside my new patio today. Beginning the task, I dug up and removed the grass and roots. Then, I built the border with the same small pavers that built the patio. I stood them on edge and made a slightly elevated wall. The plantings of aloe rosemary and lavender will eventually fill this bed., but, for now, I will be adding some other things to fill the space as the featured plants grow.

 

creating a herb bed today…

The south yard started out quite dismal., the first thing that had to be done was remove the broken down hot tub and relocate the square pavers so I could turn them into a patio. That was accomplished several weeks ago. Although I have not completed the patio, I wanted to get some plants into a bed as soon as possible. So, today, I am planting a rosemary, aloe and lavender plants on the east side of the patio. Of course, there will be AFTER photos when I am done.

future herb bed
south yard BEFORE photo 

the journey begins…

I relocated to Central Florida in the beginning of October, 2016. A friend from the 1980’s had offered me a place to stay in exchange for taking care of the property. There is close to 1 3/4 acres with a 2 bedroom house in need of some TLC. My main goal will be homesteading the land with tropical fruit trees, herbs, berries and raised bed gardens. I will also be helping do repairs around the house. For the first several months, I cleaned the main living area of the house and began removing clutter, then painted the kitchen, dining & living areas. As the weather got warmer, I moved outside.

So far, I have 4 Jackfruit saplings, a mango and some banana trees to plant. Last week, I planted my first tree, a Brown Turkey Fig.

Brown Turkey Fig

This journey begins as spring comes around. The layout of my gardens & trees will come as I spend time in the outdoors. This blog will permit me to share what I am learning as I go along. Most of my sprout growing has been in water since  I closed my business. I have not had a yard to play in, so, moving into the world of composting again will be welcoming. There is plenty of space to set up a small greenhouse structure for growing sprouts & baby greens. Most likely, I will extend the east facing screen porch and grow greens there.

Can you tell?  I would love to live here for the next 30+ years.