Spring’s Sustainable Preparation
Spring always brings much anticipated work for those attempting to live the sustainable lifestyle. There is nothing as a family that we anticipate more than the arrival of spring which we have been meticulously planning towards during the winter months.
This week is exemplary of the busyness of the first weeks of spring. Thankfully we waited to plant our garden a little later than usual, but it certainly made for an extraordinarily busy week. The weather has been much more cool this year and many gardeners are reaping the results with stunted plants. We transplanted the plants that we started indoors from seed along with the plants so graciously provided by Bonnie Plants.
In addition to our own gardens, we are planting “gardens” for the wild life to eat from. We planted a ton (not literally) of sweet potatoes (also from Bonnie Plants), among other natural vegetation that deer and people love to munch on.
The deer not only benefit with better nutrition, comfort, and health through the summer months, they will in turn benefit our body’s in the winter months (excellent meat for the table).
As if we did not do enough with all of our planting, we were finally able to give our bees their final abode in the bee hives. It has been a rainy spring here in Alabama as well as being more cool than usual. We had planned on several occasions to put our new bees in their hives. The bees were relatively calm, and we all made it without getting any bee bites at that!
To top off the week, we received our buffs from Buff Inc. Ever since we have received a sponsorship from Buff, the kids have been planning, making a wish list, thinking of the buff’s different uses, and anticipating their arrival. Upon receiving the Buff’s in the mail, you would have thought we were having Christmas in May! By the way, I love Buffs and want the world to love them too. I will be doing a Buff give-away on my Facebook page.
As you all fellow sustainable folks know, this is just the beginning of Spring. We are just revving up for harvesting, canning, drying, freezing and on and on I could go.
Happy planting, harvesting, and cooking!