As we reached mid February, my first vegetable crop stared to come to an end. The snow peas were few and far between and the lettuce started to bolt, so it was time to harvest and start again.
I actually found it hard at first to just pull everything up and start again; I felt like I was murdering the plants. Ludicrious I know, and in the end it was actually quite cathartic to pull the roots from the soil, make food with the harvest and compost the rest. It closed the loop.
The first thing I attempted as part of our move towards a sustainable life was composting. Every time I put my fruit and vegetable scraps into the garbage I felt so guilty and wasteful, but thought that without a vegetable garden I couldn’t really have a compost. The lovely ladies in the waste and parks teams at my work advised me that this was complete rubbish (excuse the pun!) and that I could start one straight away.
Since we rent and I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to take this composting thing, I opted for a home made compost bin rather than buying one or having a compost pile at the back of the yard.
I started growing snow peas in October and have been amazed at how fast the started popping up once the plant flowered. We love snow peas and I had read the were fast growers and ideal for beginners so it was a good one to try growing.
At the moment all of our plants are in pots – for convenience and because I wasn’t sure about placement for the sun, so this gave me the ability to move them around. I planted them with potting mix from Masters and some of my compost.
For a long time I’ve been passionate about the environment. I’ve been an avid recycler since I was a kid and love finding ways to be more thrifty and less wasteful.
My partner Sam and I have been saving for a house for a few years and hope to buy in 2016. We look forward to the day when we have our own place and can become sustainable and self-sufficient – grow our own fruit and vegetables, only eat meat we raise or hunt, create our energy and reduce our waste, etc etc. We know this won’t happen overnight but are willing to learn and adapt as it fits our lives.
To get our house next year, we both work 2 jobs at the moment. When I got tired, I told myself that the harder I worked, the sooner we would have our dream. Then someone (my beautiful kinesiologist, Nanette) put an inspiring question to me – why I am I killing myself working for a future dream, when that dream can start now? That was when I realised that our motivation to reach our goal would come from our passion for it.