Broadcasting seeds had mixed results depending on the treatment the individual areas got. A section of the garden that didn't get weeded or topped with soil/compost has been overrun by grass, but the area in the pictures below was topped with soil from one of last year's beds and a bit of compost after planting sunchokes and broadcasting favas, garlic, peas, nasturtiums, and a few other odds and ends. That allowed the crops to get established before the weeds completely took over. Things are developing pretty slow because it's been so cold and wet, but they are starting to produce. I think the highest temp we've had so far has been 75, with lows still in the 40s. I think the high tomorrow is supposed to be 59. But after Thursday it looks like it'll actually be warm enough to plant out the tomatoes I've been babying inside. They're all from Joseph's tomato breeding project. We've already had rain must of the week, which is an odd occurrence for our area this late in the season. But it's a welcome change to the 179 consecutive days without rain that we got last year.
In health news, I'm down 17 pounds, my joint pain is gone, and my psoriasis is nearly gone, and my mental and emotional state has been much more stable. I've been leaning on sugar and oil as cheap sources of calories the last few years, and counterintuitively, my hard work has left me ravenous and caused me to pack on additional pounds from these low quality foods. I've cut out the oil and sugar, and have finally had a steady supply of herbs and greens to round out my diet, and the change has been overwhelmingly positive.
Right now, my future on the property seems dubious. I've really been suffering the past 5 years and the owner has consistently made decisions which have increased my suffering. I had been planning to kill myself in November, seeing no other way out of here, but my weight loss has me a little more hopeful for the future. Right now my plan is to focus on getting the weight off with the goal of getting down to a weight where I can run without destroying my knees, and then I'm flirting with the idea of making the 2-3 hour run into town to work a job and start digging myself out of this situation. It would suck, but having steady income, a path out of here, and not having to rely on the whims of mother nature and the generosity of friends and strangers would be of great benefit to my mental health. I'm definitely dreaming of a future in a sizable suburban permaculture lot where I can reap the benefits of nearby neighbors and free and cheap materials that would otherwise be destined for a landfill.
Obviously, I created a spreadsheet to track my weight loss, because that's how I do. The bright orange are my actual weigh-ins, and numbers in between are what I've calculated my weight loss should be based on my calculated BMR and estimated daily calorie expenditure. So far it's been pretty accurate, but it also adjusts everything downstream as I log my weekly weigh-in, so every if the calculation isn't perfect, or I burn or consume more or fewer calories than estimated, the whole thing self-corrects.
Now that I have a plan in place and am consistently losing weight, I'm toying with the idea of doing Dietbet again. I did 7 of them back in 2014, all of which I won, but haven't touched the site since. For the uninitiated, it's a competition where everyone puts a set dollar amount into a pot, and then everyone that loses 4% or more of their body weight over the course of a month splits the pot. For bets of $35 or less, my take averaged about 181%. Of course, people are more motivated when the bet is higher than that, so more people make it to the end and the winnings are generally lower overall. You can enter 3 simultaneous competitions, and based on past experience, I could earn about $85 a month, which would cover food for my dog and a few essentials. At least until I get down to my target weight and don't have 4% to lose.
There are 3 $35 competitions coming up in 2 days, but I don't have the $105 I need to enter them. I'm going to ask friends if I can borrow the money for a couple months so I have enough to enter the contests each month thereafter. But if any of you all have gotten any value out of watching my journey and can contribute some portion of that $105, I'd really appreciate it. Even if it's just a couple dollars, that's that much less I have to ask for from any singular friend. My Kofi is always open: https://ko-fi.com/stonedapefarmer
Even if you can't provide financial support, I still really appreciate all of the support you all have shown. It's gotten me through some tough years, and I hope to be able to continue sharing my permaculture journey for many more to come. ♥️