We were driving home and heard a commercial on the radio for the Southern Colorado Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo for this weekend. We are participating in it so were glad to hear ads for it going out. They named off different topics that were being spoken about at the fair. It took me a minute to figure out they were naming off what I was speaking about at the fair! I started giggling. I changed my life. I used to be invited to speak about herbalism. Which I love, and is fine, but I want to be an herbalist for us and to teach herbalism, not promote my retail business anymore. So, here I am speaking six times this weekend on homesteading and simple living. A new start.
My dear friend, Margie, bought my business name. She is the new Garden Fairy. She was my first student. She used to run our shop when we were gone. She is a part of the Celtic Festival in Elizabeth that we are avidly involved in. She and our families get together for Christmas and see each other when her kids are in town. She never thinks of herself, only of others. And I am thrilled that she is taking it over. So, if I am not the Garden Fairy anymore, who am I, the Pumpkin? Pumpkin Hollow Farm is our new full time endeavor and it starts full throttle now!
Our spring has begun. My two books are done. (I have a cookbook coming out in the spring, but that is not too time consuming.) My promotional materials and work for the farm are done. The seeds have arrived!
Tomorrow we pick up two darling baby lambs. Just like with our goat kids they will have collars and leashes and baby bottles for awhile and go with us everywhere until they are old enough to hold their own in the yard. They will be attending the fair with us this weekend. I’m sure they will be a hit! They even made the poster!
Tomorrow we also get into the garden. Five rows of four foot by twenty-eight foot beds will be created and formed with bricks or whatever creative pieces I can find laying around the property. Leaves and coffee grounds and old compost layered in, then topped with hay. The walkways covered in wood chips.
Today 98 plants will be started, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants and will line the windows with hopes of keeping them hidden from the kittens.
I’ll write about each thing this week!
Spring cleaning and the last orders being filled will take place as well. Perhaps a little time in the sun.
Spring has sprung and we are now all systems go!
If you would like to go to the Expo this weekend we’d love to see you. My speaking schedule is as follows but you can also just come by and see our new additions and say hey!
Friday at 3:00- Chickens 101 and Common Chickens Myths
Friday at 5:00- How to Live a Simpler, More Sustainable Life
Saturday at 11:00- Turning Common Weeds into Medicinal Teas
Saturday at 4:00- Smart Gardening; Interplanting and Permaculture
Sunday at 12:00- Chickens 101 and Common Chicken Myths
Sunday at 2:30- How to Live a Simpler, More Sustainable Life