First of all, Happy New Year! And all that associated jazz. Clearly I have not stopped by my own blog in quite some time. Bad Emily. I get so wrapped up with the rest of my life that things get pushed to the wayside, or in this case, blogs get pushed to the wayside. (Housework tends to fall to the wayside also...)
So, what has happened since I last updated in (whispers), um July. Well quite a bit actually. I harvested more veggies than I knew what to do with. Which was fantastic, considering it was my first year with a garden. My tomatos were pretty lame due to all of the rain that was dumped on lil Rhody during the summer, but I'm not giving up.
In sad news, my bees didn't make it. I'm not quite sure what happened. My fiancee is convinced that they're living in our attic. (Someone told him about a swarm that lived in their attic, and he was thoroughly upset by it.) I wish they were living in our attic - because then I wouldn't feel like an utter failure. But I'm not discouraged. I will try again this year. I have been the brunt of many a bee joke since the end of October, but I have thick skin. And for Christmas, I received some very good bee keeping books, among them "Bee Keeping for Dummies." I will get honey this year. Please and thank you.
What else, what else? Don't tell anyone, but I'm going to get chickens! Yay. I have been working on Joe to let me have a couple of hens since we moved into our house in April, 2008. I don't know if he was feeling guilty for leaving me for four and a half monthes, or what... but he agreed. Woo hoo. So, as soon as the weather warms up a little bit I'm going to build a chicken coop (Daddddd........ ) and get three chicks.
I just finished reading a really good book, "Farm City" by Novella Carpenter. She also writes a blog http://novellacarpenter.com/ Check her out, she is my new inspiration.
It's time to order my seeds. Last year I started growing my veggies in the house in February, so I have a couple of weeks before I need to really get it in gear. I forsee my dining room turning into a little greenhouse. It worked out well last year, I bought very few plants, most I grew from seeds. This year, I'm going to plan the garden a little differently. Around August it started to look like a jungle because I had tomato vines climbing over herbs and pumpkins growing out into the the middle of Joe's newly planted lawn (oops. I'm from Warwick, I never grew a pumpkin before!) And all sorts of other chaos. Chaos is fine for flowers, but not particularily helpful when trying to pick bush beans that are hidden in the yellow squash.
And finally, my resolution for 2010 is to be better at keeping up with my garden, bees, chickens (when they move in with us), and to keep a better account of it!