Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on my blog this month. It is always a thrill to hear from you. I have listed some of my favourite comments from October below.
This comment was from Meg from "A Hopeful Nature"'My plans for my veggie garden in the coming months is just to grow salad veg (lettuce, cherry tomato, cucumber) because that is what we'll eat a lot of over the warm/hot months. Growing zucchini and spring onion too because we eat a lot of that as well. Currently, I've got Queen Anne's Lace that's flowering ... so pretty! I plant flowers that appeal to me, veg that we eat all the while thinking about how well something will grow in a particular spot. Aren't cosmos wonderful flowers...I like the way they sway in the breeze, how the bees love them, how they intermingle so happily in among veggies.'
And another comment from Meg 'Hi Sherri. I've just borrowed David Holmgren's book, "Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability" from my local library and what I've read so far is so interesting!
I do think it's really important to support local businesses so that they remain viable and offer choice within a community. There's a little organic market shop not far from where I live, it's reasonably new and I like to go in and see what they have. One day, I bumped (literally) into a hobby farmer who had brought some of his excess produce into the store for them to sell. Beautiful, fresh, chemical-free peas. Yum! We talked for a while about his hobby farm and what he grew and how he grew it and I came home with some lovely fresh peas at a great price. Little shops like these offer up these kinds of connections for people which I think is a lovely thing. Meg:)'
Sally from "Jembella Farm' wrote,
'Small and slow is the way to go...
I prefer to master one thing and do it properly before marching on to the next big thing. Before we knew it, we had so many things on the go until I looked around and saw that some things were being neglected, so I'm winding back now, to catch up. With organics comes all the added tasks like worm farm, composting, weed teas and liquid manures, which all require added energy. Wouldn't have it any other way though. :) '
Susan from "Simple Cozy Living" wrote, 'Love shopping locally and supporting these hard working business people. I live in a townhouse so there isn't any place for planting anything besides some basil, mint and oregano. However, I live in an area surrounded by farms and dairies and have access to wonderful, chemical free produce and cheese, etc for many months of the year.'
Jane from "Hope and Thrift" left a comment that touched me deeply. 'Since my husband retired I noticed that our lifestyle is much more leisurely, but I think that's a good thing. Time spent doing something you love is never wasted.'
Chris from 'Gully Grove' is always helping and inspiring me regarding Permaculture with her comments on my blog and when she answers my comments on her blog. She wrote this in response to my post "Use Small and Slow Solutions." 'When you're a husband and wife team, working on acreage, I think small and slow solutions are the ONLY way to proceed forwards. There's no other choice. ;)'