I've Got Quite the Green Thumb

by Jaci Collins

Today was a very productive day in the garden and the weather was stunning! We were able to get a lot of weeds cleared out and a few things planted: tomatoes, onions, brussels sprouts and spinach. We are trying to get the rows cleared out and fresh hay laid down and spent much of the day doing this. There are quite a few things to be planted and I imagine most of tomorrow will be spent doing that. It’s a great feeling to get things accomplished each day. A few project ideas are flowing for the week: research an alternative building structure and draw up a design for a garden gate.  There are some items on the side as well: mixing up a batch of natural week killer (jalapeno’s and water) and getting some recipes together for homemade hair conditioner. So many wonderful things going on and it’s so wonderful to have people around that are motivated and positive! It’s a real joy being at the house and I couldn’t be happier. Tonight is a house dinner and bonfire. At last night’s bonfire we had the pleasure of being in the company of some of the locals who were some true characters! There are always people stopping by the house, dropping things off, coming to say hello, eat or hang out by the fire. What a strange experience it has been living in a such a small town were everyone really knows your name.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.