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Daily Blog to a Self-sustaining Existence!

Follow the adventures of a family-man determined to get his family to self-sufficiency while entering the Mayas - New Golden Age of December 21, 2012.  See what it takes to transform a home, yard and old habits by becoming involved in such things.  This website is a journal, as well as a guide, to new way of living!

 

April 26, 2010

Well, I believe the frost mornings are over and it's time to get serious with planting vegetable seeds and gardening. I decided to plant squash under most of my fruit trees, if not all of them, in the Food Forest. I'm planting Dark Green Zucchini, Gold Rush Zucchini, Grey Zucchini (Heirloom) and Yellow Crookneck. 

As for the vine layer of the forest I will be planting Sugar Baby Watermelon, Jacko Lantern Pumpkins, Squash Buttercup.  and my personal favorite... Honeydew & Yellow Mellons!



April 20, 2010

I just got off the phone with JB Greene from Health and Cultivation here in Ontario.  He asked me to assist him in creating a mushroom growing chamber/environment for the Reishi, Shiitake & Maitake mushrooms. He is going on a show called, Dragon's Den on the BBC Canadian network/television. Is a good way of possibly getting my website, http://MushroomPatch.com some national exposure. Although, to be quite honest with you, I don't think I can take on any added business.

Michael



April 19, 2010

My damn died from frost this morning!  What the hell was I thinking!
Well, luckily I only planted half of my Heirloom egg plant seeds.

Michael




April 12, 2010

Today I decided to plant some of my seedlings out into the garden. I transplanted my broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce and egg plants.  The only thing that is susceptible to frost or the egg plants. So I have my fingers crossed.

Michael




April 10, 2010

I had to go up to Bancroft Ontario, about 7 hours north from Chatham because my youngest daughter wanted to visit a friend and I took this opportunity to pull out my raspberry, gooseberry and pond liner from my old property. It so happened that they were, the town of Bancroft, was putting on a Green fair.

I shared a booth with Rev. Rita from the Bancroft's Virtual Center and Enlightenment. Her center is starting a new magazine and wanted to get some information out to the community as well as attempting to blend some there advertisement. I used a corner of her table space to peddle a few Mushroom Growing DVDs.

I met some very interesting people that were there I stood and self sustainability. Because of the few contacts I made I found out that there is a forum, or at least they are starting one of, of people that are like-minded like myself right here in Chatham.

I'll be making a few contacts and let me know how it.

It was a very enjoyable day.





April 6, 2010

Spring is here!

It's finally time to start working on the dream of being self sustainable and earth friendly. I have been waiting for this moment my entire life and it currently here!

Over the last 2 months I have started vegetable seeds of many varieties. I started them indoors and have been bringing them outdoors to get used to the sound. Unfortunately early this morning I had a hailstorm which may have heard some of my delicate strawberry plants started from seed in February. But all of my other plans are doing quite well.

I hired a young fellow to help me here at the Mushroom Patch (my company) and he is happy (so he says) to help me with landscaping. He dug up some of the sod, and turned it over, on about 6 of my 8 raised bed gardens. Unfortunately it looks like we will have rained or the rest of the week, except for the weekend, so I won't be able to give back to the gardens until next week.

Michael