Random Earth Day Stuff

Today is Earth Day. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. I am very thankful He did that.

Just picked my salad from the garden.

Big list of Earth Day Instructables here. http://tinyurl.com/dc9wnx

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
~Greek proverb

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God .
~Thomas Jefferson

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Advertisements

Wild Growth

Sometimes the things we just allow to grow of their own will are just as beautiful as those things we choose to grow ourselves.

Baby Wild Grapes

Baby Wild Grapes

A Nice Weed

A Nice Weed

We can in fact only define a weed, mutatis mutandis, in terms of the well-known definition of dirt – as matter out of place. What we call a weed is in fact merely a plant growing where we do not want it. ~E.J. Salisbury, The Living Garden, 1935

Farming with Nature – Permaculture with Sepp Holzer

Rain water collection/filtering system

A good idea from Aquascape. More information here.

What can I eat from my garden today? What’s coming soon?

My garden started last Fall. I have some plants that still are doing well, in spite of the two freezes they went through. Now that it is Spring, I am replanting. There are many more plants in the ground now (or seeds at least). They won’t be up for a little while longer. Eventually, I hope to have a much larger selection always available to my kitchen, either in my garden ready to be picked or preserved from earlier harvests. However, here is what I have in my personal ‘produce store’ today. Everything but one or two items in all of the below three lists are organic, mostly heirloom too.

Red Russian Kale, Lacinto Kale, Even’ Star Champion Collards, Cardinale Lettuce, Deer Tongue Lettuce, Forellenschluss Lettuce, Red Velvet Lettuce, Grandpa Admire’s Butterhead Lettuce, Reine de Glaces Lettuce, Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage, Red Giant Mustard, & Moss Curled Parsley. (and five different green bean varieties in bags in the freezer, from last Fall’s harvest)

Planted but not ready to harvest yet, I have…Pac Choi, Carnival Blend Carrots, Danvers Carrots, Purple Pod Pole Beans, Hidatsa Shield Figure Beans, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans, Provider Beans, Good Mother Stallard Beans, Arugula, Cherry Belle Radishes, Mizuna Mustard, Valencia Tomatoes, Brandywine Tomatoes, Ailsa Craig Onions, Bloomsdale Spinach, Detroit Dark Red Beets, Greek Yevani Basil, Granma Einck’s Dill, Common English Thyme, Cinnamon Basil, Common Oregano, Marjoram, Jolly Jester Marigolds (not to eat), English Lavender, Bouquet Dill, Common Chives, Sweet Marjoram, Garden Broadleaf Sage, Prairie Coneflower Echinacea, & Elves Blend Sunflowers.

Still to be planted…Rhubarb Swiss Chard, Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard, Red Burgandy Okra, Purple Top White Globe Turnip, Black Beauty Zucchini Summer Squash, Marketmore Cucumber, California Wonder Sweet Pepper, Sugar Snap Peas, Ace Bush Tomato, Calypso Beans, Listada de Gandia Eggplant, British Wonder Pea, Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash, Napolean Sweet Pepper, Sunberries, Sultan’s Green Crescent Bean, Galeux d’Eysines Squash, Ireland Creek Annie Beans, Bushy Cucumber, Aurora Pepper, Golden Midget Watermelon, Snow Fancy Pickling Cucumber, Black Mountain Watermelon, Ashworth Yellow Sweet Corn, Eden’s Gem Melons, Petit Gris Melons, Double Yield Cucumber.

I am behind on my planting, as usual. However, here in my part of Texas, we have very long growing seasons. So, as long as I protect my crops from the Summer heat down the road. I should be fine; though I may be a little sore before it’s all done.

Words for today.

‘Just living is not enough,’ said the butterfly.
‘One must have sunshine, freedom,
and a little flower.’

-Hans Christian Andersen

Horsing Around

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Butterflies at the local botanic garden

Our family visited the local botanic garden this morning and enjoyed the butterfly show. Hundreds of butterflies moved all around us. Here are some of them.

Happiness is a butterfly,
which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.

-Nathaniel Hawthorne

Homemade Car Launcher

My kids (and I) are enjoying it. Some scrap wood, a polycarbonate sheet, 4 hook screws, a rubber band, some vinyl electrical tape, and a sheet of felt…homemade fun ready in about an hour.

« Older entries