This year I gave several presentations on native prairie plants, started a garden coaching business, my garden was featured online at Fine Gardening and in the Omaha World Herald, people called me for interviews about gardening (still floored by this), and I started writing a Great Plains gardening column for Houzz. I've also agreed to be on the board of the local Audubon chapter, Wachiska, which works to preserve prairie remnants.
So, without further obvious navel gazing, here are over 30 images from my gardening year.
We had one really good snowfall in early February, then it was big time drought.
Mice nested in our dryer vent line in January. This keeps them out. I still can smell the pee.
A small sharp-shinned hawk eventually nabbed a junco for lunch.
No spring is complete without a trip to see the oldest bird on the planet -- sandhill cranes in Nebraska.
March -- when it hit 90 several times and I was always behind schedule.
Spring -- when I spent much time in the mechanic's shop fuming over this sign. I dared not drink the coffee.
So my goal / hopes for this year are trimmed down, yet still quite massive:
1) Finish a solid first draft of the Oklahoma memoir (hopefully in January!), then a final draft by summer.
2) Find a press for Gardening Wild: How to Grow Sustainably for Butterflies, Bees, Birds, and More
3) Find a more secure job with benefits. Teaching would be most fine.
4) Move to an acreage if #2 pans out. Begin prairie restoration. Begin plant raising to sell at farmer's markets. Build artist sheds for residencies on acreage.
5) Begin writing two experimental nonfiction books and one children's book.
6) Watch my wife get her PhD. And maybe we'll both get jobs (here's our joint job ad).
Congratulations on the Audubon appointment! Wish you every success with your 2013 list.
Well done with breaking even.
The snake is interesting - though glad I can't smell it.
Have a successful 2013.
I sympathise with the desire for a regular income, but reading this review of the year, you sound so positive and upbeat. Have a wonderful 2013 - and here's to seeing your name on many more signs, books ... and blog posts! Best wishes, Victoria
So much to be grateful for in your life and I say congrats as you are quite the inspiration Benjamin...I looked back on your retrospective and had to chuckle as I remembered so many stories just from the picture...you have quite the gift and I look forward to reading more of your gift!
D--Thanks! We'll see how it goes. I'm a private introvert to it may be a challenge. :)
L--Yeah, I'll take even for a 1st year. Time to make a profit.
V--That's the trick, I SOUND positive and upbeat. I'm really not. Last fall allowed me little time to write or think or sleep and I feel drained.
D--I'm so glad someone remembered the stories behind the pics! Always glad to have you all stop by!
As has been said way too many times before, may all your dreams come true.
Blogger ate my first comment - GRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrr so if you get two...sorry in advance.
LOVE the picture "garden in July" ....love how you could get lost in it all. You had an incredible year! congrats! What I love most is clearly y'all are big dreamers - I love that. I married one too. and he is a phD too! Seems we have a lot in common. I look forward to following your blog. CHEERS Y'ALL!
My goodness what a diverse year. So nice to be able to document it so easily these days. Such a wonderful project, writing your family history. Hope it all comes along well.
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