We Started Container Gardening!

Over the past few years, I have been reading more about homesteading and container gardening.

We have lived in our place for the past 8 years, never laying down veggie roots because we knew our stay in Kelowna wasn’t permanent.  Eight years later, I gathered up a bunch of empty containers laying around the house and started container gardening in our backyard.

Veggie Garden with celery, broccoli, beans, beets and a marigold.

I had seen the posts online about people getting a good harvest growing potatoes out of a few interesting items including tires.  The problem with that was unearthing the tires would have meant losing dirt into the gravel below where we started our garden.  Instead we planted the tomatoes with peppers in the tires against the fence.

Veggie Garden with tomatoes, peppers, beans and marigolds.

And the potatoes went into a different bin, half full with dirt, which has since been filled with dirt as the potato plants have grown larger.  I have been utterly amazed at the growth coming from the potato container!

Veggie garden with potatoes, beets and marigolds.

You can see the depth of dirt in the tub that we’ve planted the beets, carrots and a couple marigolds (for pest control).  The celery is from the roots off celery from the store.  One was soaked in water, the other went right from the cutting board, deep-sixed into the empty kitty litter container.

I have started to see some flower buds coming on the tomatoes and beans!  I honestly had no expectations of anything working so I am amazed that the only thing that hasn’t come up, was the spinach and wish there was a lot more than the 10-12 carrots that have come up.  They so far seem to have been the most susceptible to the weather.  The nice thing about the container that has the beets and carrots, is that I can put the lid on them but unfortunately, a bad rainstorm in May beat the crap out of the carrots.

Any one else been doing container gardening?  What has or hasn’t worked for you?  I have also seen some of the other people in our neighbourhood doing the same.

Grow food, not lawns!

Enough is Enough – or when will it ever be?

Going through the cycles I have throughout my lifetime of trying to improve myself, I sit and wonder at times at what point enough will finally be enough.

I know the effect consuming dairy, sugar and wheat has on my body.  I know how much better I feel when I cut out “the big three” and watch the scale as pounds seem to melt off of my body with no effort other than these dietary restrictions.

While I shake my head as I watch my wife dealing with her obsession of eggnog every Winter when she drinks liters of it and pays for it dearly, I myself keep eating wheat and dairy, sometimes both together in large amounts, knowing my body is going to scream at me later and almost every time, it does.

Now, before you just scroll down to comments and start blasting your “science” about “correlation” and “causation” and all that crap about the “gluten wheat dairy myth”, unless you are offering to rub my belly and a soft roll of TP, I don’t need science claiming that there is no evidence to support the fact that, after I consume wheat/and or dairy, that I am nine times out of ten, doubled over in excruciating pain because there scientifically is no “correlation of my causation” to my now dying a slow painful death from the inside out.

So one has to wonder, if you know this is the case Jake, why oh why do you keep putting this crap into your body?  When will you ever learn??


Five is how many blog posts I wrote for all of 2015.  

I started this blog in March of 2011 which means it is coming up on it’s five year anniversary.  Here is the breakdown of blog posts per year over the past five years of daddyjake.com:

  • 2011 – 4
  • 2012 – 72
  • 2013 – 37
  • 2014 – 15
  • 2015 – 5

Anyone who has followed me over the years (which is probably no one), would know that I have been blogging on and off since 2001 and that I still (obviously) struggle to blog on a regular basis, save from a couple of good runs over the past 15 years.

Last year was not a good year for me and my family and because of that, I had no inspiration for blogging, photography or sewing because I was in survival mode.  While I did write a few posts last year, including some of what I endured, I have tried very hard to keep posts on this blog of a positive nature.

Now that I am slowly but surely crawling out of survival mode, I have been missing my Sunday morning blogging and have really been wanting to get out with my dSLR that has been collecting dust.  This winter has been so dark and ugly that I have not gone out because I am a photographer who prefers natural light and still haven’t taken the time to figure out how to properly use the settings on my dSLR.  

I seem to oscillate between programming and blogging.  I either get very focused on programming on my projects or I don’t touch them at all.  For the past two months, I have been nose to the grindstone with my programming.  I was supposed to be out this morning blogging and yet again, slid back into programming for the first 1.5 hours I was out.  I need to see if I can code something up that anytime that happens, my keyboard zaps me or something of that nature.

While I am not entirely sure that I *lost* my passion for programming, I certainly lost *any* desire to ever work a corporate job again.  I started my first post post secondary education job in April of 2000.  I questioned my whole career if I enjoyed my work knowing I went home from work and worked for several hours more on my own projects.  Somehow, it wasn’t until some time in the past year that I realized that I had always worked in a technology department (IT, IMIT, IS) and never for a technology company that’s sole purpose is doing development.

I have been feverishly trying to get back up to speed with some programming languages that I am not as familiar with while also brushing up on advanced programming theory.  I have also been working on re-building my portfolio (something I haven’t done since graduating college) with the intention of getting back to doing web development.  I have had stacks of books out from the library and have probably read a few thousand pages in the past month or two.

The problem I seem to be struggling with is of course, what I preach to a lot of people:  work/life balance.  I love to blog, I love to sew and I love to take photographs.  (And of course, I love to program.)  I have been (again) in the process of cleaning up and re-arranging the house to help facilitate this.  

Time to sit down and get back to setting goals for blog posts and photographs posted to my Flickr account.  The sun is shining behind me for what feels like the first time in weeks!

My word for 2016 is: Recovery.  Recovery of my career, my finances and my health.

What is yours?