Monday, January 18, 2010

Let's get this year started

Well, I have finally gotten a few things accomplished towards my New Year's Resolutions! YEA!

First of all, if you remember from my last post, I said I was going to try to get healthy and lose weight. Well, I went to Sam's Club and got my first NutriSystem 35 day card! YEA times 2!! So, sometime this week I should be getting my first shipment from NutriSystem and you can be sure I'll be letting everyone know how I enjoy or don't enjoy the foods. I'm not really a picky eater, I think that's part of why I'm needing to lose weight to begin with, but there are some things I just DON'T like, take brussel sprouts, please! Yuck! But I'm encouraged by what I've read on their website so I think I'll be able to stick with this and get a big jumpstart to my healthier living resolution. So, wish me luck!

Now for Resolution number 2, not waiting anymore. Well, I took a step towards that this weekend too. I was able to go to Lowe's, buy 6 pieces of 2"x8"x8' lumber, some 3 1/2" deck screws and then turn them into my first raised garden beds for my Square Foot Garden! I'm so excited! I was able to make the first three of nine 4'x4' boxes for my vegetable garden. I'm also going to have two 3'x5' boxes in the vegetable garden too, but those boxes are going to be 12" high so I can grow potatoes, onions, and garlic. Any time a get a chance, I'll get a few more pieces of lumber, make them into boxes until I have all the boxes I want and/or need. No more waiting on someone to make them for me.

So, where am I learning about Square Foot Gardening you may ask? Well, I first learned about it from my Dad who showed me his raised beds at Thanksgiving last year and had a good harvest this year from the sound of it. So, since I got a Barnes and Nobles gift card for Christmas from a co-worker, I bought the All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.

I'm very excited about trying this new way of gardening since I have had NO luck so far in the soil around my new house. I usually have a pretty good green thumb, but almost everything I've tried so far just hasn't done very well. I say almost because I have some Rosemary growing next to my carport that has done OK, but hasn't really flourished. Maybe next year it will do a little better.

So, using Mel's method, I should be able to grow just about anything I like, I hope. I love using fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, and a little garlic with just a squirt of lime for some AWESOME salsa. And I LOVE basil pesto! Basil pesto mixed into a little alfredo sauce on grilled chicken and fettucine or pesto tossed on zuccini, red bell peppers, and squash and roasted in the oven just til it's all tender, oh man, I'm making myself hungry!

Well, at least there are some unlimited vegetables on the NutriSystem diet that I can grow in my garden, thank goodness! Using NutriSystem to learn what and how much I should be eating and then making my garden boxes and doing all the work getting them set up, planting the seeds or plants, etc. should get me well on my way towards fulfilling my New Year's Resolutions. At least that's the plan and I'll keep everyone informed on how everything's going. Oh and once I get my first boxes set up I'll have to post some pictures! Til next time!

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