Monday, January 16, 2012

Welcome to 2012

New year...etc...

....The first thing I thought I would mention is the fact I am using all non-GMO (genetically modified organisms). My veggies this year will be 100% natural, open pollinated plants from old heirloom varieties. I have a wonderful company I am buying from that only has heirloom non-GMO seeds. I want to get one thing straight though, I am not doing this to save the planet. To be quite honest, I am a selfish individual. I recycle because it keeps space out of my can I would have to pay for, I have a rain collection system to save money on the water bill, I compost to save money on buying compost in the stores, and I am raising only non-GMO plants because of flavor. Whatever the reason, I have some amazing plant types that on average, originated since the early 1800's. Most of my varieties are from 1820's Italy.

In order to help germinate these seeds, I have built a shelving system that can support linkable F22T5 florescent lights. I also purchased a mini greenhouse lean-to with plenty of space on the South side of the house for maximum sunlight. This should double as a cold frame as well as a place for my Ghost Pepper plants.

These veggies are open pollination and to keep up with the demand, I am going to be hosting some mason bees. This should provide the pollination I need to support my uppity-uppity veggies this year.

Aside from that...I'll be switching grade levels to teach and baby Jack is now 10 weeks away.

New updates though won't be happening for a few weeks. I just thought I would post an initial entry for 2012.


  1. Not the bees!!

    Nice puffy jacket, by the way. Looking forward to tasting some of your fancy do-gooder vegetables this year.

    What grade are you teaching now?

  2. Pat-He's teaching 2nd grade. I love the workspace he used to assemble those black shelves... Cory secretly does believe in yoga and helping Mother Earth:)

  3. You might consider putting some sugar water out for the bees near the end of pollination season. Bees kind of suck at surviving these days and we need those annoying stingy bastards. Our friends hosted some bees last year and they all died over the summer despite a huge yard full of fruit trees and flowers. Poor dumb things.

    1. Hey thanks for the tip Eric...will do!