Monday, January 20, 2014

Looking to get ahead on next months planting for Zone 9?

 Go ahead and plant these things now as they will do great this month and next as they LOVE the Florida chill!! Remember to use Heirloom seeds!

Beets
Carrots
Celery
Collards
Endive
Kohlrabi
Leek
Lettuce
Mustard
Parsley
English Peas
Potatoes
Radish
Turnips

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Review: A City of the Falling Sky

I just finished reading A City of Falling Sky which you can get on amazon kindle (or the free app) for FREE right now (as of Jan 8th, 2014). The book had me hooked and I have only been reading that for days. Reading it during my lunch break, late at night, early in the morning, pretty much anytime I could. If you can look past the poorly edited parts where simple words are misspelled the book is simply amazing.

It follows a young student in a fictional city of Skyfall after being kicked out of their homeland. The first chapter leaps right in and I was confused for a few pages until things were made clear. In this city this young man must make friends and learn the ways of these city folk. There is a game called friction  which is the most popular thing in Skyfall. It is a virtual world that immerses the player in a suspended pod to link their body up to an avatar. They can then trek through different worlds and compete.

 The book is full of plot twists some that are so page turning you may just lose track of time completely as you dont want to set the book down. You have your bad guys and good guys but its well put together with great story telling. I laughed, and I even teared up in parts, I consider this a great read and for FREE I think everyone should give it a try! If you read it let me know what you think!

http://www.amazon.com/City-Falling-Seckry-Sequence-Book/dp/0957291205/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389235430&sr=8-1&keywords=city+of+falling+sky

Friday, January 3, 2014

A January Tomato

With it being a mild winter so far the tomatoes are doing GREAT! Here is one I picked today!

All the folks up North right now have a white garden and me well I am just picking fresh tomatoes!

What to plant in January (Zone 9)

January:

Plant Seeds of:
Eggplant
Peppers
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Carrots
Celery
Collards
Endive
kale
Leek
Lettuce
Mustard
Parsley
English Peas
Potatoes
Radish
Turnips Beets
Chinese Cabbage
Kohlrabi
Green and Shallot Onions





 What to do:
* Remember to keep mulch around your vegetable plants to conserve moisture and reduce weed problems.
* Water at least 2 inches a week in dry spells.

Lost Time.

Here I am after so much time away. Back to banging away on my keyboard. Much has happened that stole away my attention though mostly it was completing my first semester in college and learning how to balance time proficiently. I hope to be back here more regularly as I start to fix up my little city homestead. The house these past couple months has gone from storing old junk to being purged and with shelves hung more space to display my many passions. Christmas has come and gone and my little Brooke was spoiled. This was the very first year that everything mattered to her. The decorations had to be just so, cookies had to be baked, stories read, and of course the lookout for the elusive Santa began. We tracked Santa's ride using Google earth all day Christmas with her popping in every 10 minutes asking where he was then. I loved it, it brought back that Christmas spirit I had thought I lost.

At this current moment in time I am awaiting the arrival of someone off Craigslist that will be giving 3 of our hens a new home. One thing this time in school has thought me was that I needed to lessen my load. So instead of 5 hens we will have 2, instead of 8 bunnies we have 4. The garden beds in the front yard have started being taken apart and moved to the back. It was to much work to keep up with both the back and front so I will plant trees and bushes in the front that require minimal work. The backyard has become a jungle weeds took over and with learning to juggle everything else I couldn't afford the time it needed. My husband and I will now start the journey to clean up, organize and revitalize the gardens and yard. Moving the chickens and rabbits around have created wonderful bare spots of highly fertilized ground that we will use for gardens. The back porch has been reclaimed for human use, bags of trash hauled to the curb, misc "trash" I wanted to re-purpose sadly passed on as I knew I would not have the time. The final result was amazing. A table and chairs ready for lunches, a hammock ready to be laid and read in, a swept floor that didn't send up a cloud of dust when stepped on. Perfection.

So slowly but surely my life is returning to normal. In just 10 days I will be starting my second semester of college where I will be taking writing, spanish, and algebra. Maybe a future post or two will be in spanish and need translation who knows? Anyways friends. I'm BACK!