|Our beginning garden spot. It will be expanded next year.|
We have been spending the majority of our time outside. The Minions and I took a forty hour long lecture course on permaculture awhile back and we have been using it! The acreage we bought is over half wild and this pleases us to no end. What is developed we have been converting from mainly lawn to something more useful. Our goal for this year is to be about 50 % sustainable. This is a tall order with no tractor to break ground and pull out stumps etc. We could not find anyone to come and rototill a garden spot for us so we tackled it with shovels and turned it all by hand. Then the Universe provided us with a tiller lol It was hard going by hand and with the garden tractor, the guy really appreciated the fact that it was all broke up and turned already. He tilled it up really fine and we were all very excited to see how rich and healthy the soil is! He will be back in the fall to do our tilling for us and until we have a tractor of our own (it is on the wish board). Then we got to work picking out all of the grass and thistle roots. We planted about 75% of the garden that night. Putting in two types of peas, green beans, beets, spinach, swiss chard, carrots, lettuce and kale.
|Zed planting Cherry trees|
The next day we planted the rest of the garden and started our orchard. Mom brought up two Evans cherry trees from the place back home. We planted them on the south side of the garden were we have planned the orchard. In the rest of the garden we have zucchini, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, dill, onion (three kinds), garlic, pole beans and ground cherries.
|New flower bed and my faithful helpers Zoe and Zeddicus|
We created some new flower beds around the house and ripped apart the disaster of a bed out the front and made it into a pretty new spiral bed!
|The flower bed out the front BEFORE|
|The new Spiral bed out the front AFTER|
The spiral bed is filled with Monkshood, Maltese cross and Toadflax perfect for the bees and I am going to add some Bees balm to this bed as soon as I can. Next year I will be expanding it again it will be my Witches herb bed with the additions of Datura and Nightshade.
|The new flower bed by the front walk way|
We planted Tiger lilies, marigolds, calendula, plantain, violets and clover in this bed.
|One of the front beds|
Coconut water, young nettle, kale, hemp seed, coconut oil, ground flax and frozen mango. YUM! Morning smoothies are awesome and the Minions love them! We love our smoothies and the Minions have them almost every morning it is a great way to get greens and other healthy goodness into your kids.
|Making rabbit cages|
We have had many campfire nights of roasting marshmallows, making bannock and sipping hot chocolate while stargazing.
|Meadow letting Cheesecake have some outside time|
|Cheesecake loves the grass|
|Getting the baby chicks used to the outdoors.|
For Litha this year we decided to decorate the grove with seed and flower mandalas and designs.
|Everyone loved this activity|
We held our ritual at high noon and then retreated into the cool of the woods by the sacred spring to share a guided meditation.
|Cousin Spencer invoking The God|
|getting ready for the guided meditation|
|The Spring at Litha|
As always we pay homage to the Ancestors
|Chocolate fondue and Bread with dips|
The epic battle