Monday, July 20, 2009
Gardening and New Motherhood
well... it is not as easy as I pictured before I had a baby. He is one year old now, and things are still not getting done in the garden, orchard, or various other places including kitchen, house, office etc. This morning I had him in my sling and got some lavender harvested; yesterday I turned him loose in the garden while I pulled the garlic (onions are still there, ready to be harvested). Peaches he grabs from the tree on his own! I love that he knows to look in trees for food - such a natural hunter-gatherer - especially after a month and a half of eating mulberries from a kiddy-size tree. He walks now.
Eggs and milk come in the house in the morning, it is hard to milk with the squiggly toddler strapped to your back - he tries to reach the goat and pet her - I try to keep the goat still and pleased and not putting her hoof in the bucket.
My son loves queso blanco - and fresh raw milk - that is what it is all about for me.
This year I am looking into freezing foods instead of canning, with the eye on their nutrient preservation for my child's benefit - so no more jams and jellies by the bucket, some foods I will also dry (such as peaches & cherry tomatoes.
And, a new find - "permaculture" for parenting: The Continuum Concept - Highly recommend. http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/natural_parenting/106687/1