Out in the garden this morning, I had this epiphany about one of my own seasonal rhythms. During the summer, when the garden is bursting and I’m in the thick of picking, weeding, and exclaiming over what is growing, I fall in love with growing our own food all over again. Then I start contemplating doing more, providing more for our family than we currently do. Wondering what it would take for us to be more self-sufficient in regards to our food. I tend to obsess over it for the rest of the summer, have long discussions about it with L1, make some plans, then fizzle out come September and a new school year. If I get some things planted in the cold frame I call it a good year and then fall into the rhythm of the colder seasons, including being busy with grading and planning for my classes.
This year we’re going to go a little further with the self-sufficiency idea. We have a lot of reading to do. And I have to come to grips with being patient, content with the planning stage that we’ll be in for a time, and know that we continue to move toward the direction we have been for the past several years.
Things we’re thinking about:
- How much & what do we need to grow
- Grain for us–a totally new realm of growing & harvesting!!
- How is the yard going to be transformed more (L1 is all over this)
- Planning more cold-season growing.
Once again, I know this will be a long-time in coming, and there will be many items we won’t do for ourselves. But it’s fun and exciting to daydream about it and building more of a community around it. (I think about you, Jessica, and having your friend down the road with the garden space she can share!)
What rhythm do your thoughts take on at the height of summer (or winter, dear southern hemisphere friends!)?