>Gardeners’ Sustainable Living Project

>Over the ground lies a mantle of white… so how can I be thinking green? A week ago I could see brown – yes, the ground was showing! Then we were hit by a late-arriving record-breaking snowstorm, and my gardening goals had to wait. Again.

Each year, every spring, I expand on my eco-consciousness by choosing at least one more goal toward a more sustainable garden. Last year my goal was learning to can. I made jams, stewed tomatoes, and salsa. I blanched and froze green beans, sugar snap peas, and corn sliced off the cob. In fact, we just finished the last bag of green beans last week. I had just enough organic strawberries to make ice cream last week, and the blueberries in yesterday’s muffins were organic, too. There isn’t much left in the freezer; thank goodness spring and garden season is on the way!
My main goal this year is to plant primarily heirloom varieties of tomatoes and peppers. If possible, I’ll do the same with green beans and squash. These seeds and seedlings may be more expensive than my usual stock, but the quality and perhaps even the quantity will be well worth it. Last year only half the new garden plot was planted; this year, I’m filling it completely.
Sustainable Gardening goal number 1: Plant heirloom varieties.
Sustainable Gardening goal number 2: Fill the space, square foot style
Sustainable Gardening goal number 3: Enjoy. Enjoy the planning, the planting, the process, and eventually, preserving the results (family says “More salsa this year, mom!).
Are you interested in becoming more sustainable? Join the Gardener’s Sustainable Living Project! There’s snow on the ground, but I joined in anyway.

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