Showing posts from August, 2015

Getting Happy in my Fall Garden

I really thought a vegetable garden this year was hopeless. We've been having a heat wave with virtually no rain all summer. I can only think of two rainy days since last Spring. One will be burned into my memory forever. Looking out my kitchen window at our local wild bunny hunkering down under a patio table that had been left out on the lawn. I don't know if she had ever seen the rain. (Okay, now that song's in my head...) It's been that bad.
I'm still taking strong medication for the colitis but I've felt good enough to put in some young veg plants and protect them with my life. The bunny got one young broccoli plant but it seems to be recovering. She also got one of the little kale plants. I've tented the baby lettuce with lawn chairs and beach towels to keep it from burning in the hot sun. I've covered the broccoli with laundry baskets at night protect it from marauding bunnies. Nobody seems interested in the swiss chard. Probably not even my famil…

Getting Happy in My Garden

I didn't get my garden cleaned up enough to plant this year. I missed spring planting time because I was dealing with a very nasty case of colitis. Without details, I couldn't get far enough from the house to do much of anything - my MS makes running out of the question. I'm now on some strong prescriptions to keep everything under control, hoping I can eventually taper off and use natural anti-inflammatory supplements in the future. So, I was listing to Margaret Roach's podcast "Away to Garden" and the topic was vegetable planting in the fall - starting now! And "Natureworks" just blogged about having fresh veggie seedlings on their benches. Maybe it's not too late for me, after all. With a lot of help from #2 son, the garden is mulched with straw and getting drenched with the sprinkler to cool down the soil for planting. As I was working this morning and pulling a few stray weeds out from under the bean teepee, who should land right at eye lev…

Get Happy Eating Healthy

I was just thinking about happiness. Whether young or old(er), working, disabled or retired, one of the things that has always made me happy was knowing I was feeding myself and my family as well as I could. The largest portion of our monthly budget is food. It's not easy to prepare healthy meals when you're working full-time or not feeling especially well.  And eating well is expensive. Eating well should include wild-caught fish as part of a good diet. Especially for those of us struggling with poor health or age-related issues and the little ones in our lives that are growing healthy bodies. I've always been aware that I should eat fish but I really have never enjoyed it - until recently. I buy only wild-caught- in- the- U.S. salmon. There are many reasons not to eat farm-raised fish and I'll let you google that. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is expensive. My local supermarket frequently has specials on frozen Alaskan salmon so that's when I buy it. If I grill it …

August Garden 2015