Not the Perfect First Post...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

OK, enough is enough.

I've been trying since April to launch this blog.

I agonized over the design not being perfect.

I wanted to have 4 weeks of recipe posts loaded and scheduled, ready to post.

I worked and reworked, despised, loved, and gave up on the bio.

I wanted to get new head-shots.

I wanted the 'perfect' first post. A post filled with dazzling photos, back story, and an eloquent summation of what I hope to do with this blog.

Then this morning I was having a little pre-everyone-is-up quiet time and it hit me: I was paralyzed by wanting everything to be perfect. There will never be a perfect first post. Life is crazy right now, but even if things weren't so busy, I could go in circles forever with the goal of perfect. Bios, blog design, blah, blah, blah. 

So, to heck with perfect, I'm posting.

Because I'm so freaking excited to launch this blog and share our story! Maybe I'll write that perfect introduction post later. Or maybe I wont...

Welcome to A Promising Place! I have so much to catch you up on.

Today I'll just focus on our garden progress.

As you may already know, one of our main goals in our new home (and our move to Idaho) is to see just how much of our own food we can grow. And oh my, is it go-time!

We've been working hard in the garden and hope to have most of it planted by this weekend. This is what we had to work with:

It's a 150' x 300' spot that the previous owners used as a horse pen. Pretty much we have more rock than soil, but that's another post.

While that is the main garden spot, we are tucking food plants pretty much everywhere around the house area of our 8 acres. Apple trees, raspberries, mint, strawberries, onions, garlic, and pumpkins have already jumped the garden fence.

I've been researching best varieties for this climate and local sources all winter. Local sourcing as much as possible is very important to me.

So far we have planted:

Carmine cherry bushes.
Honeycrisp, State Fair, Yellow Transparent, and Frostbite apple trees.
Summercrisp and Lucious pear trees.
Mt Royal and Toka plum trees.
Ft Laramie and Ogallala strawberries.
Blue Northern and North Country Blueberries.
Have you ever seen blueberry flowers? They're so cool.
Craigslist raspberry bushes (local varieties found on Craigslist).
Golden raspberries.
Walla walla onions.
Regular and royal blue potatoes.
Purple passion, Vardaman, Beauregard, and Red Japanese sweet potatoes.
White and orange pumpkins.
Chocolate mint, sweet mint, and peppermint.

There are also some crab apple and other fruit trees already existing on the place that I'm excited to see what they bear.

Inside the house I also have 5 billion heirloom tomato plants, various herbs, stevia, and assorted peppers that I started inside to give a head start. They are all ready to go in the ground, like yesterday.

This long weekend we have a list a mile long to plant. I'd best get busy...

Oh yes, and the girls made their first trip outside.
Pretty sure this is their, "What, this post isn't about us?!" face.