It wasn’t until this past year that I discovered a love for brussels sprouts. REALLY? You might be thinking. Yes, I know. Growing up brussels sprouts kind of fall into the same category as lima beans causing children to wrinkle their noses and shake their heads when asked to eat them.
Well, it’s the first day of summer vacation. School got out yesterday and we celebrated it with friends in a wild water fight. With a neighborhood full of energetic boys I can’t think of a better way to burn off the excitement of school being done for the year.
For weeks we’ve been talking about how we’d like to spend our summer, the adventures we want to have and what that will include. Now that school’s out we decided to get serious and put our ideas on paper, making our annual summer bucket list. This year everyone wrote down five things they wanted to do; places to go, things to make, people to see, new foods to try. Our ideas usually include big and little things, ranging from what to do on vacations to making popsicles, and everything in between!
Since we began making these lists a couple of years ago, our summers have taken on a new purpose of adventure. Our summer days have a bit more intention, looking for the fun and adventure we might have, whether it’s on our own, or tagging along with friends. If you’ve never made a summer bucket list I would encourage you to give it a try.
This year we are participating in The Happy Family Movement’s Summer Bucket List Challenge. If you don’t know the Solars they are a fun loving family that look for adventure at every turn, sharing with others what good ol’ family fun can be. Want to join in? First, create your list. Then, head on over to The Happy Family Movement and share it with others. They have an amazing community on Facebook where you can find out about fun giveaways (including one from us) and other great ideas to make your summer the best yet. Don’t feel like sharing? Then just check out what everyone else is adding to their lists, it may spark a few ideas of your own!
As promised, I have many pictures from my day visiting the farm on Tuesday. The day’s plan was planting. Many of the plants that started in the flats of the greenhouse were ready to be put into the ground. At the same time a new batch of soil mix needed to be made for the starting of new plants.
Terra shared with me her formula for the soil mix they use to start the seeds. It is much like a recipe, each ingredient having an important role in the final product. As is everything with the work on the farm, sustainability is always considered. This is why coco fiber (made from coconut husks) is used over peat moss, which takes years to develop for harvest. The coco fiber and worm castings are filtered through a screen as part of the soil mixing process.