Five years ago, when I first bought my house and was trying to figure out what I was going to do with the intimidating grassy area in my front yard, I took the Comprehensive Organic Gardeners class at Seattle Tilth. The COG class provided me with a great foundation of knowledge to utilize that big grassy area in a productive way, by getting rid of the grass and growing delicious and chemical-free vegetables! It also left me with resources for when I need advice, such as the invaluable Garden Hotline.
I started small and have been learning gradually. The first year, I started with one raised bed. The next year, I bought a couple of feed troughs, so I would have more space to plant in. The year after that, my boyfriend Matt made me two more raised beds. Last year, he built me three cold frames. As the garden got bigger, the lawn got smaller. From Spring through Fall, I have lots of yummy veggies to eat and hardly any lawn to mow!
I also took the the City Chickens class. I have had these beauties for almost 5 years now!
On to my fifth gardening season! This year, I am starting this blog. This is the perfect time too, as I am just now starting to plan my garden for the year. This way, I can share my entire gardening season with you from start to finish. What I write about will be my experiences, such as garden planning, seed starting, planting and transplanting, pest management, harvesting, cooking, fall and winter gardening, and canning and preserving.
There will be some posts about sewing too. For years, I had an old crappy sewing machine that would eat thread and had a peddle that made sparks. I could get it to work long enough to mend a thing or two, but I steered clear of more complicated projects for fear of frustration… and fire. Then, under the Christmas tree last year was a shiny new machine that runs like a top. I already knew how to operate a sewing machine, but pretty much everything else was foreign to me, so I took a Basic Pattern Reading class and the Sewing Basics 2 class from the West Seattle Fabric Company to get me started on my way to my ultimate goal which is making clothes (dresses in particular). As I make things, and learn and progress in the process, I will post pictures and either how I made it or what book or pattern the project came from.
my new sewing table
I would also like to hear from you about your experiences. You may have experience in areas that I do not, or may be learning something new as well. So please comment!
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