Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Heading in the Right Direction

Sometimes the whole environmental catastrophe, peak oil, war, disaster thing just gets to be too much to think about. I can only read or think about it in little bits before my brain feels like it is going to explode or I will descend into a dark depression or something. What works for me is just to find new ways to take steps in the right direction. Today it is planting blueberries. In our ongoing mission to landscape our yard (and thus not to have to weed the vast bark acres), last year I planted rhododendrons, hydrangeas, and azaleas. This year I am planting blueberries and huckleberries. I've determined that most of my landscaping from now on will be food producing. The front yard will still have to be decorative-only because the deer eat anything and everything out there (they even climbed onto our front deck to eat DH's peppers last summer). But the back yard is going to be fruit and veggie heaven.

Last week, DH built our new garden boxes:

Our land is so sloped that this will be the best way to actually be able to grow anything on it. We've been reading Square Foot Gardening, and decided that it's the way to go for us. So we each have a box, kids included, and this will be a year to try it out and start down the path of growing our own food. You can also see our portable guinea pig pen on the lawn (they make great organic lawn mowers) and part of our chicken fencing below.

1 comment:

L said...

Hi Robin,

Found your blog via The Denim Jumper.

We are worried about the way things are going and are about to head out of the country for six months. It's either Australia (where we were lucky enough to be granted residency) or NZ (where they accept the Australian residency.) We were looking for remote locations with stable governments in hospitable climates with affordable, large, farmable acreage, so we could buffer ourselves for whatever comes.

Another blogger, Dy, wrote about The Post-Apocalyptic Freak In All of Us. (And on the subject of self-sufficiency, she and her husband have been renovating a home through a pregnancy, and now with three boys and an infant at home.) The post she refers to with all the links is mine.

I think we, the PAFs, are definitely heading in the right direction.

Enjoyed this and your other blog.