For my first commitment: I have decided to devote this season to seeing just how much food I can grow in the smallest, most efficient spaces. I can't sprawl over five acres any more, I just don't have the time, the energy or the heat tolerance. Food gardens have been moving into the house gardens, this year my goal is to maintain all of them there, veggies mingling with the ornamentals. I'll be growing ONLY those varieties that I dearly love and that are only at their best when I stroll outside and harvest them right before eating. Larger, quantity harvests are going to come from the dedicated work of our neighboring farms, helping support those small farm families through Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads.
My second commitment, made in mind of the No Impact Project , is that I won't be buying gardening materials such as pots, seed starting trays, plant labels, etc. I've been stockpiling yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers (sorry, Colin, still buying those supermarket container plastics) and will be subbing those in. Photos to follow as greenhouse gets set up. I figure better than simply recycling quantities of plastics is to continue reusing them as long as feasible - and not buying other forms of plastic instead - before sending to recycle.
I'm still working on getting enough compost/soil made up to satisfy all the greenhouse/raised bed needs but may fall short of my goal. And it's going to be tough to sterilize my soil enough for seeds. I need a "barn microwave" - there are objections from the other half of my household if I'm microwaving dirt in the house. Wonder why???