April 28, 2014


Yesterday I decided I need a hobby.  Something that I can be productive with in the few months I have at home.  This has basically boiled down to two things. One is learning Irish, or Gaeilge and the second is starting a sustainable vegetable garden.

Now the Irish part is the difficult part because Irish is an interesting language.  All Irish primary students have to learn Irish, although many don’t remember too much. Most of the actual Irish that is spoken is done so in the West of Ireland.  Here is a great link if you are interested in Irish.

Now you might be wondering why I would want to take Irish, and the reason is two-fold. One I find it interesting, and if I ever want to teach primary school in Ireland I will have to know Irish (not that I am planning on it, but it would be a good fall-back option) and the second reason is because of the research I plan to do in grad school.  I am planning on focusing my studies on a time when many of the people leaving Ireland spoke only Irish.  It may come in handy to be able to translate documents into Irish, or at least have a basic understanding of Gaeilge.

The second thing to keep me preoccupied in these coming months is starting a sustainable garden.

The other day we went to Artisanal LA, an artisan expo where many of the business are encouraging and using urban gardening in their products.  Now I have wanted to start a garden for a while, something about growing your own food and connecting to the earth on that level is so appealing.  It is a way to get back to the simple things, the things that matter.

I have always said that one day when I become a mom I would love to be a modern homesteader.  I would love to grow my own food, raise chickens and bees, can my own veggies and cook delicious and healthy meals for my family.  I want to cloth dipper my children and teach them about respecting the earth.  I know this all sounds very crunchy, but there is something rather appealing to me about being a modern homesteader.

So anyway, yesterday I did a ton of research and I designed a raised garden that I will build myself for our backyard.  This will be a 3ftx6ft plot and will contain a variety of different fruits and veggies, and even some flowers!

I completed stage one of my project yesterday the planning and purchasing of the seeds.  I am using a newspaper pot method, where you plant the seeds in biodegradable newspaper pots (hand made) inside until the germinate and sprout, then you transfer them into your garden.

Only about 1/3 of the way done making my paper pots, my fingers were about to fall off.

In my garden I plan to grow:

Onions, Green Onions, Radish, Marigold, Lavender, Carrot, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cucumber, Bell Pepper, Tomato, Peas and Sunflowers.

I have never gardened before in my life so this will definitely be an adventure!  Here is a little quote I found that I think sums up not only gardening but life very nicely.


Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

At the Artisanal LA Show in Downtown LA
One of the stands at the expo showed us how to make the biodegradable news paper pots.



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My name is Erica, I am a creative designer, free-spirit, and all-around dirtbag. Heart of the Nomad is a place for creativity, nature, and random musings. I write about life, share my husband's and my photography business, and my designs. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

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