Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sustainable Living or Just Living?

I have always wanted to put a Herb Garden and now I have the time it is actually going to happen. Husband said I could put it anywhere as long as it was here...typical! It is close to the kitchen and a good area so it will do. I have been out with the pink marking paint this morning trying to work it all out.
I need to get myself moving because the Herb seeds I have put in pots are starting to poke their heads up. This is one of the four varieties of Basil I have put in.
Rocket under wire because Fred the Cat loves sitting in pots.
Last night Machicho buried a bone in the pot where the Sweet Peas are planted. The bone is gone forever and the Sweet Peas are Ok I think.

There is a loaf of Bread almost finished cooking in the Bread Maker and I have a Batch of Yoghurt sitting on the bench all warm and cosy. 

In the garden the potatoes are growing nicely and there are a ton of flowers on the upside down tomatoes.
We have been using the baby spinach and lettuce for a few weeks now. 
The pot of chives and parsley has also been in constant use.
So have I joined the growing number of people trying to live a greener and more sustainable way of life trying to leave a smaller footprint on the world?  Not really. This is my way of life and has been for as long as I can remember. The whole time I was growing up half our yard was a vegetable garden, there was a massive chook pen and all our food was made from scratch. In the thirty odd years I have been married we have nearly always had a good vegetable garden, had fresh milk from the farm and very rarely had to buy meat from the butcher. We eat very little processed food, I don't buy bread and there have always been fresh herbs growing in pots in the yard. The Yoghurt making is a new thing but only because we are eating so much of it now I thought it would be a much cheaper and healthier option. The loaf of white bread I made today is also something that doesn't happen too often, it is a treat for my son who is home visiting. Usually I make a Sourdough Rye.  I chose Aromatherapy over Cortisone to treat my sons eczema and have used it for a lot of other ailments as well. This is the way a lot of us in small rural communities live and have lived for a long long time.
I applaud the growing number of people who are also trying to live a more sustainable life, it is a wonderful way to bring up your children and treat the world.


quilary said...

Ok I have herb garden envy now! I loved the show "the Good Life" and have always tried to have a bit of a vegie patch and herbs growing. Sending the kids out to pick snow peas, tomatoes, or snip parsley to put in our dinner has been great for getting them to try foods.

Chris said...

Great post Jackie. Good luck with the herb garden... looking forward to reading more about it and seeing more pics in the upcoming months.

Anonymous said...

All the best with your herbs and veggies. A great post Jackie! Barb x