denise ra wrote:Matt, wow! You're working really hard and posting all these videos too. I have learned that my inner child will sabotage me if she does not get regular fun time. Sabotage looks like me spinning my wheels, dithering, not being able to finish projects, lacking motivation. Fun looks like hiking to the pond to see the ducks, riding my bicycle, whacking the tennis ball against the wall, coloring, going to the court and shooting hoops. When I am stuck with a project then I quit butting my head against the wall and ask my inner child what she wants to do. After we have some fun, so I just set the timer for 30 minutes sometimes, then I am free to get back to productive endeavors. You have bitten off a lot and money pressures make everything more stressful so give yourself permission to take a break and just have some fun everyday. It really will make a difference.
Weather here has gotten so erratic that it's hard to know what will produce in any given year, and even when it should be planted. That's why I'm trying to grow a good variety of things... figure out what does well regardless of the year we have, and have enough variety that hopefully some of it will do well regardless of what the weather does. This is the second year that we've gone from freezing to heat wave overnight, and I suspect that's just our new normal.
Andrew Sackville-West wrote:Maple blossoms! I didn't know about this...
What kind of maple, big leaf, vine, something else?
What's the flavor like?
Mark Reed wrote:
Yep, same thing I've been dealing with and probably everyone else is too, although younger folks may not realize it as much. I've been trying to compensate by first accepting that some things are no longer really viable here, potatoes for example. They will still grow but to try to breed them into a dependable crop is beyond my capabilities. The most fruitful approach in my view is to focus on short maturity time within whatever the species I'm working with. My theory being it increases the chances of getting a harvest between the extremes.