Feeling Lucky

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Yes, despite the curves, or maybe because of the curves life throws every once in a while, I feel extremely lucky. Good things are always coming my way, and today I was once again reminded of it. My old car got me stranded a couple weeks ago. I sold it today (as a single mom I need something safe, that runs and drives without needing too much maintenance) = one step closer to the truck I need to make my little farm more efficient. I also have a little (non-farm related) project going on, that I had several people show interest in today, another step closer to that truck!

….and drum whirl I tested the very first, super delicious figs from one of my fig trees, like the first figs ever that I’ve grown myself. My smile is HUGE!  Figs is a passion that I have, that not so many people know of. I have several different varieties planted at my place, but since I’ve started them from scratch they are all young trees. I have two trees with their first fruits on right now, and one of them had a couple figs ripe today. They were absolutely fantastic!! I see many more varieties of figs growing here in the future, along with pomegranates, that also are draught resistant, and perfect for our climate. That they both happen to be super fruits isn’t exactly bad 😉


Just had to share the smiles 🙂 I hope you’re having a fantastic evening!


Ms Zen

My Wild Garden

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This year my garden have done an awesome job keeping up with my wild and crazy side! To begin with, I planted seeds that someone gave me several years ago, during a road trip. I had put the seeds away, in a sealed bag, in a tiny pocket, in one of my backpacks (an old one that I mostly use for storage nowadays.) I found the seeds this spring. I knew I was going to move at least once during the gardening season, so I planted them in small pots, replanted them in bigger posts a couple times, before finally planting them in the ground a month ago. It’s been tough being a plant in my garden this year. I thought they all died many times, and then they magically came to life again.


Despite seeds that were several years old, my infrequent care, and several moves, this is what my garden looks like now.


…and yes, there is a lot of grass growing next to my Goldrush Zucchini. Next year I promise I will make proper garden beds from the beginning. With all the fixings. This year I’m eternally gratefully for all the good things that magically came into my life. One of them being 3 acres to do anything I want with, a dream coming true. I’ve fenced in the garden area, and will keep making updates until next season.

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I’ve never tried growing eggplant before, but I found a few eggplant seeds among the other seeds this spring. The plants are getting bigger, and hopefully we have enough season left to produce a good harvest.

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I think they are beautiful. Spending time in my garden is so incredibly rewarding. Not only because I enjoy growing my own food, but because of the process of seeing plants grow, feel the harmony of nature, the whole nurturing process. The actual harvest is only a small part of it.

From time to time friends volunteer to help me in my garden, to get things done quickly, to take me with them to another activity. I usually decline, gardening is not a thing to get done quickly with. Even thinking in those terms feels like a sin, almost. It gives so much joy to quietly tend to the garden. I’ve never had a garden big enough to be a burden work wise. I thoroughly enjoy working with my hands. It’s pure pleasure.

My container garden had around 40 fruit trees at the most this year. I sold some, and saved some for myself. Some of them grew too big for their pots, and I had to plant them. I was planning on waiting until the end of September, beginning of October, which is the best time to plant trees in our area, but they really had to go in the ground now. Some of them made the transition nicely, but some will probably not make it. I’ll find out for sure next spring. I’ve seen miraculous recoveries before! I’m looking to add more trees within the next two months, before winter hits us, and everything is resting. (I have plenty of indoor projects on my hand this winter, so I won’t be bored!)

I’d love to “meet” likeminded gardeners, and here about your projects!


Ms Zen


Satisfaction 2


This weekend we’re having temperatures around +110 F (+43.4 C,) the only option to stay sane is to make sure to get some time outside EARLY. I had some fencing to do, and I can assure you that I was very happy that I started at sunup. Around 8am it started to get closer to 100. Have you ever pounded down t-posts by hand? With some encouraging support from my dog I worked until I ran out of t-posts around 10am. Am I complaining? NO! It was actually very satisfying. I felt extremely strong. Things went smooth. The line of t-posts was reasonably straight….AND I was making the fence for my place, and not for anyone else! …to be continued 🙂

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!


Ms Zen