Going Green

I like to consider myself an environmentally friendly person– I recycle or reuse when I can, buy locally grown produce when possible, use natural cleaning supplies that are not too caustic on the environment….Ask me the year I spent living without a car. It was only a matter of time before I used my green thumb and started sewing seeds for new vegetables in our garden. *Note: I’ve only ever really picked the veggies that had already grew in the garden, never have I actually tilled the soil and planted seeds, except back from when I was a youngster.

Gardening is hard work. The digging, the planting…That, or I still have not recovered fully from the bad virus I had last week. But, it is. I was exhausted, and only planted the carrots, sugar snap peas, and “decorative gourds” (which will be non-edible). The lettuce, zucchini, and eggplant will have to wait until this week.

Seeds, seeds, seeds

Plus, a garden needs your attention. It needs to be watered, if you don’t have frequent rain. Weeds need to be pulled. You need to tend to it frequently, make sure that the garden (if you are growing edible plants) is secured from predators that might nibble the fruits of your labor.

I think this “gardening thing” started a couple of weeks ago when I planted my first little flower garden pots. I have plans to plant wild flowers and sun flowers shortly. I have no idea how any of it will turn out, but it is something I thought I’d give a shot. What harm could come out of it?

My first ever little garden

Not only am I planting, but attempting to eat healthier–greener–foods, literally. The other night I made a Kale, Spinach, and Pear smoothie for my friend. It also had almond milk, Agave Nectar, and a frozen banana in it. I previously gave the recipe to another friend of mine who loved it. I don’t think it was a hit on K’s end, but he did try it.

Thumbs up for the green

I thought it was so good, the next day I made more for myself, this time adding soy milk for more protein, which adds its own sweetness to the smoothie. And, I must admit, it took awhile to get used to the consistency of it, (but that is because I did not follow the recipe regarding the amounts of kale and spinach–I just threw lots in the blender), but it is super healthy for you.

Lastly, I end this note with photos I took on a recent, incredibly peaceful, mountain bike ride.

Peace amongst the trees

How can you not feel refreshed with a new sense of energy after riding though, and seeing this?

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mm1203
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 08:20:21

    Reblogged this on MM Armidale NSW.

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  2. RG
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 10:49:54

    It’s a perfect first garden! Xx

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  3. attemptinggreen
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:34:45

    sounds as though the garden bug has bitten you. i will have to try your smoothie when my kale an spinach come in this fall

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  4. dick geuss
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 21:32:08

    Hi Molly;

    Someday we should have a serious, long talk about all of this… I started to think about, and act differently about things in 1967….. I must admit that I have learned a lot since then.
    Uncle Dick

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  5. Auntie Pam
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 23:18:56

    Dear Molly,
    I envy you your fenced-in garden. Last year our morning glories, green beans, and assorted veggies became a “salad gourmet feast” for the local deer. THIS year, I’m planting marigolds!!!! 🙂
    Love you,
    Auntie Pam

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