Wide Earth Smallholding

Wide Earth Smallholding

And Allaah has made for you the earth a wide expanse.(Qur'aan- 71:19)

By Chance or By Choice

Why do you live simply? Is it because you choose to, or because you have to? I’ve been thinking about this issue a lot this week, since getting my driver’s license. Sometimes, I thought, it may be easier not to have the possibility of doing something than to have to make the choice to do it or not- but that isn’t the way to strength and commitment.

Read my musings about it at Yemeni Journey, and please, let me know your answer to this important question.

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  1. Assalamu alaikum

    How do you take care of the plants in the winter? We always try to plant stuff (just using fruit seeds or vegetable seeds/beans) with mixed success alhamdulillah. From the successes – a couple of date plants (gave one to a friend a year and a half ago and it is still growing strong alhamdulillah – she keeps it inside year round), cantelope (cantelope seeds grew realy well alhamdulillah!) and other things (though they die in the winter – I dont have places for all of them in the windowsills). We also have one plant in the window now – a baby but very beautiful – don’t know what it is. It is in a spot where it can get lots of sun and we water it.

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah
      My growing experiences have been in Wisconsin, Colorado, upstate New York, and Ma’bar in the mountains near Sana’a, so I really know cold weather growing best, which is pretty clearly seasonal. In those climates we used coldframes, and of course greenhouses are a good option. Our garden here is our first “Southern” garden, so I am really still learning about the whole seasonal process. When our veggies stopped producing we planted a winter lettuce/greens mix which is doing nicely.
      Inside the house I have grown herbs, but not much besides that.

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