His thoughts on growing season of 2008

Well the growing season has passed since the first entry of his perspective was posted.  After a heavy season of rain we really ended up with a very small harvest including a few buckets of apples, 2 rows of lettuce and some green beens.  This was primarily due to mass quantities of rain prior to and after planting.  I would have had better success growing cranberries with how marshy that area was.  I believe we are going to need to rethink our strategy of gardening and use raised beds next year.  One of the other real challenges was getting the garden in due to time constraints.   Seemed like whenever we were available it rained.  When we were gone, it was beautiful.  To support our family, I’m still working about 45-50hrs/week.  Add in some other activities with all the children as well as account for broken lawnmowers, weeds, etc. and we have a serious time crunch.  We’ll have to look at investing in some more tools to speed up the jobs in the short run.  It is true that we do what we make time for.  It’s near impossible trying to live a lifestyle of homesteading and children in sports.   Sometimes the time is gone and I wonder what I spent it on (similar to money).  This is our 5th growing season on our homestead and I can’t help but feel some frustration with growing more weeds than sustainable food for a 5th year and yet my mind still grows excited about the thought of actually growing a garden next year.  I will spend every extra moment I have this winter fixing all of the lawnmowers, tractor and skidloader to prepare for spring.  It may be that long before I post again.  Until next time, may you find God’s blessing rich and abundant …


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