Department of Il faut cultiver notre jardin
And so our first season as professional bee wranglers comes to a close. Actually, we now wrangle bees and farm our small holding in Western Washington full time. I believe technically we are now officially bumpkins. Read more about Bee wrangling and so on
There are other reasons to leave the land and move to the big city, other reasons to decide to not be a farmer, but this is important:
BILL MOYERS: When you and I were born in 1934 there were almost seven million family farms in this country. There are now roughly around two million family farms and most of us are further away from the foundations of nature than we’ve ever been.
It is our anniversary. Nine years ago she and I promised to love honor, aid, and abet, as long as we both wanted to. And we said it in front of family, friends, and a duly authorized person in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. The duly authorized person was nicknamed the Big Mitten for no reason but her last name and that the fab GF does stuff like that. It was a beautiful summer day, very hot. Earlier that afternoon the fab GF had run down the street to fetch me an ice cream sandwich from an ice cream truck that was jingling-jangling by the way they do, with that demented music and a trail of bike-riding kids.
Then we ate ice cream sandwiches and looked at the front garden of the B&B hosting our wedding, still in our jammies.
That may have been the best day ever. I can't say for sure because there are still days ahead and I never really know what new joy or struggle will appear. But that one was a mighty good day. Read more about yes, we are still married
"What’s setting Penrose apart from other urban agriculture efforts going on in Detroit is the combination of having residents, a nonprofit and the developer all working together to rebuild a neighborhood using the growing of food as part of the foundation.
“I haven’t heard of anything else quite like that going on,” says Malik Yakini, chairman of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. “I think it is unique.”
Read more about A great story about collaborative urban farming in Detroit
Another "globalization" (Agro-Looting) nightmare. This one hits very close to home, viz., my frequent bowls of quinoa at home, and my love for asparagus.
I'm cautiously optimistic that a significant portion of the second garden is going to recover from the little rainstorm we had, so it's time to think about stakes, trellises, and cages.
I have stakes, nothing to buy except something to tie the squash and beans to the stakes with - so what's best to use for tying?
I could, if it's truly a much better option, construct some trellises, as I have scrap bits of this and that lying around, but I'm lazy and don't really want to do this - am I later going to regret using stakes instead? Read more about Common household remedies request
While lambert is spending his Memorial Day weekend planting his garden, I thought I'd brag on my here-in-Florida-where-you-plant-at-Easter garden a bit (hence the cute little bunny rabbit). Read more about Thank you, lambert, for the peat moss! I think.
The Greening of Detroit, one of the nonprofit groups that works with local growers, estimates there were more than 1,000 family, school and community gardens in the city in 2011.
Not the Sissy Spacek movie.
They’re called that for a reason. Summer or winter, they’re a bad place to be. The climate is unpredictable and extreme, as in -40°F to 116°F, and you can look forward to the thunderstorms and blizzards.
Steep slopes, loose dry soil, slick clay, and deep sand. Lots of fossils, so people who hate the idea of evolution must also hate the place. The Lakota knew they were looking at fossils, that the area must have been underwater at some time and the petrified bones and turtle shells they found belonged to species that no longer existed. Read more about Ever been to the Badlands?
Now that it's Xmas carol season, I would like to suggest that maybe it's time to change the lyrics to those beloved carols.
"Jingle bells / Hippies smell / Must suck for you they're right..."
"I'm dreaming of a fair Charistmas / With no one dying of monoxide poisoning because they had no heat and their kids were freezing and they lit a charcoal grill in their car to stay warm / With food banks empty / because no one's hungry / especially little kids who should never go hungry in this country because that's just wrong..."
"Rudolph the commie reindeer / Had a very weird idea / That people shouldn't get crapped on / And laws should apply equally to everybody regardless of their bank account..." Read more about Singing hippies
Built a dome.
23.5' diameter, 14' at the peak. 3/4" EMT as the frame, bolted together. It's sitting on weed barrier, but I didn't do a very good job leveling the site and now I'm thinking I need to move the damn thing and put in some base material. But maybe not. Read more about Dome
This is a very interesting interview on thinking strategically about resilience with Lisa Fernandes, a permaculturalist from down south in Portland. Listen to it all.
Personal reflection: Read more about Don't listen to Morning Edition, listen to this