I’ve been doing a lot of this lately. I live on almost 6 acres and our garden is 75′ x 60′.
In order to save money this year, I started most of my seeds indoors. That has meant a LOT of transplanting. Add to that the broccoli and I’ve been busy.
It reminded me how I’ve been transplanted to rural MI. I’m originally from Detroit and this was a big change for me. When we first moved here, I had a hard time sleeping, as it was so dark and quiet. We’ve lived here now for slightly over a decade and I still find myself getting a chuckle from the different point of view from “up here”. For instance, I still have a lot of family in the Detroit area, so I’m there frequently.
Traffic is a given. However, just a couple weeks ago I was going somewhere w/my 14yr old daughter. As we headed to town, I had to wait for four cars to pull out onto the main drag. I turned to her and said “Hm, busy road right now, I wonder what’s going on.” Then, a moment later I had to laugh. I could see that many cars from my front porch where I grew up. I was just startled by how much my perspective has changed.
Sometimes transplanting doesn’t work. The plant can’t adjust to the new “digs” and doesn’t survive. I think I’ve done okay, though.
I love to visit the city when I get the opportunity (can you say Opa!?), but am also glad to leave the traffic behind and head home. It’s so peaceful here.
I find myself much more attuned to the seasons. I notice when the corn gets planted, the wheat gets harvested (being done right now, by the way). I find myself saying things like “Wow, is it already time for sugar beets to be harvested?”
Trust me, I never imagined I’d end up on a farm but I really like it. I hope to share some of my life with you here on Detroit Mommies.
Growing up in Detroit, I know how different things are here. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned since living here…but that’s another post.
I would love to hear from you. Friends from the city ask me questions all the time about how we do different things.
If you ever have anything you’d like to know, please feel free to post a question. I’ll do my best to give you a knowledgeable answer…and if I can’t, I’m sure I can find a neighbor who can. I just need to look further than you do. 😉
Cindy is the Founding Organizational Consultant for Tha Clever Container Co. and assists her husband with his business venture Streamside Farm toy barns. The home schooling mom of 4 resides in Millington, MI. Cindy is a former Detroit Mom, now living “Up North”.