New, New, New!

Teeny lettuce seedlings from last spring, brimming with promise.

A new year, a new house and a new vision... 2011 is shaping up to be full of excitement and promise!  My husband and I will be moving into our first home at the end of the month, and my head is spinning with the possibilities that this change will bring.  The new lot is a gigantic 50' wide x 206' deep and already boasts loads of perennials, some mature grape vines and a few fruit trees.

As I drool over seed listings and chicken coop designs, I recognize that my biggest challenge this season is going to be pacing myself.  This is tough!  With this sudden availability of excessive space, I'm catching myself mentally planning a whirlwind of construction in the spring... rototilling vast expanses of new garden beds, a water catchment system with irrigation, a chicken coop and fenced run, a doggie area... I have to stop!  It's in my nature to want instant gratification, and keeping my expectations at a reasonable level will be crucial this season, both for my own sanity and for the household budget.

With this in mind, it's time to start making a plan.  An attainable plan.  Our 'move in' date is January 28th, and my first priority (after unpacking) will be to place my first seed order with Linda at Tree & Twig and then start my slow-growing eggplant and peppers.  Then I'll be able to start surveying the lot and planning for new bed construction.  It's an exciting time, and I can't wait to start sharing the creation of Mo Farm with you!

Stay tuned - it's going to get dirty this year, kids!

On that note, I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by the blog in 2010 to read or comment.  This year will bring a host of new challenges and learning experiences, and I hope to grow the Mo Farm community and provide inspiration to all who visit and to learn from one another.  Thanks so much for your help in making this happen!


  1. I got your blog site from the Urban Farm online community site. It sounds like you have a very exciting year coming up. I've been living in my current place for almost 27 years and most likely will be here another 27 years. I call my place the Urban Ranch. It might only measure about 60X120 but there's plenty of space to have have raised garden beds and special patios with containers filled with flowers. I even have plans for a firepit in the back yard with a patio to hang out in the those perfect summer evenings.

    Have a great moving preparation day.

  2. David - the Urban Ranch sounds fabulous! Congratulations on your years of 'urban farming' success... it's people like you who have been my inspiration. Thanks very much for taking the time to check out my blog and post a comment. Cheers!