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Saturday, September 13th, 2008
5:01 pm
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Sunday, July 6th, 2008
10:50 am
Copied from my personal LJ:

Garden update:

Volunteer sunflower (we think) is about four feet high.

I finally got impatient and picked the one carrot that actually grew -- it was too teeny to even eat. Oh, well. I'll have to tell the little boy who planted it that I messed up and picked it too soon.

The cauliflower is flowering -- it never made a head of cauliflower, but the flowers are beautiful.

There's a big, fat blossom on one of the zucchini plants, and tons of buds on all of them. I think zucchini will be successful.

There are 20 or so flowers on the tomato plant.

There are 20 or so strawberries, in varying stages of ripeness, and I finally harvested our first strawberry -- that is, the first one that didn't get eaten by slugs the second it started to turn red. It only took three years to get that one strawberry! :-)

Let's see, what else? Oh, yes, the bean plant looks like it's doing fine. I may plant a couple more hills of zucchini, though, if that's going to be the real thriver in this garden.

Oh! And the apple tree has hundreds of lovely apples on it. In a couple months, I'm thinking we'll have a lot of pie and strudel around here.
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
7:08 pm

My life, my indentity, and my business have all been undergoing tremendous transformation over the past week.  Maybe the same has been happening to you.  Part of the results of my own transformation is that I've stopped doing my spiritual counseling and have become an Independent Garden Consultant with The Happy Gardener, a company that is dedicated to selling earth-friendly organic gardening supplies and lawn care products.  And I've planted my own organic container garden.  :-)  I've also created a new blog to share insights, tips, information, and other goodies related to natural living, including natural healing, whole foods, organic gardening, natural personal care products and cleaning products, and other earth-friendly products and services.  I invite anyone who is also feeling the call to delve into this more deeply to join me there:  http://earthharmony.livejournal.com

Peace and Prosperity,


Current Mood: excited
Thursday, May 8th, 2008
6:58 am
Another Blog Puts the Word Out
Barbara Fisher of Tigers & Strawberries is one of my favorite bloggers. She has a wide audience and I'm super pleased to read her recent article on alleviating the coming food crisis through urban farming.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my own place, soon!


Current Mood: okay
Friday, April 18th, 2008
5:25 pm
I have now got lettuce sprouts, and beans, and carrots where there were none a few weeks ago (from seed -- so exciting!). Also, the strawberries and purple cauliflower are doing really well, and the tomato seems to be doing fine.
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
6:48 pm
Garden, yay!
[Posted a few places; sorry if you see dupes.]

Well, I've been doing the garden in short bursts to keep from burning out, and I finally have the whole square-foot plot planted. I'll take pictures soon, but here's what I have planted:

rainbow chard?violet queen cauliflowerlettucerainbow bush beans
rainbow chard?violet queen cauliflowerviolet queen cauliflowerrainbow bush beans
red carrotsred carrotsmomotaro tomatoesfino verde basil
yellow onionsstrawberriesbeetsbeets

I only planted one tomato plant this year. I know tomatoes won't do all that well in my plot because of all the shade, but I can't seem to let go of the need to have fresh tomatoes. Maybe I'll plant some more in containers in stonebender's back yard (with his permission, of course) and see if they can handle only being tended once a week.

The "rainbow chard?" is because I planted some seeds that had spilled in my seed box, and I *think* they're chard, but I don't know for sure.

Oh, and since the last time I was there, there are suddenly leaves on the apple tree!

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
3:34 pm
Blog pimp
A co-worker showed me an interesting blog : 35x90, which is the size of their plot - fascinating stuff.

I wish I knew where this lady lives....


Current Mood: impressed
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
3:21 pm
Back in the garden
[posted to my LJ and a couple gardening groups; apologies if you see it more than once.]

Well, it wore me out, as I thought it would, but I took it relatively easy. Spent a half hour weeding just my square-foot box. Tomorrow, I'll do a half hour in my plot and a half hour in the common areas. I'm shooting for an hour a day this way, 2-3pm. It made me really happy to see that the strawberry plant that twostepsfwd gave me is still thriving; I hope we get berries this year!

Sadly, the frog in the userpic got broken while I was away from the garden. Perhaps I will buy a new mascot.

Today, I'll do some plannin'. Tomorrow, some plantin'. Yay! Garden!

Current Mood: peppy
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
9:19 pm
Essential reading for anyone interested in undoing what we have done to the planet over the last 162 years.
Friday, July 20th, 2007
11:19 am
So it's been forever
Since I posted last, and it will be awhile again... but! I found an article on how much space it would take to grow food for yourself and your family. And honestly? Not that much. About a 1/4 acre, or 100'x100' plot, for a family of four! Plus, when you consider that you really would likely buy things like soybeans for soy milk, and wheat and dairy... well!

So, while it's not reasonable for me in my city *right now* - now you know!

How are your gardens growing these days?


Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, April 16th, 2007
5:58 pm
Yay, garden!
[posted to my personal journal, norcalgardening, gardensnotgas, sq_ft_garden, and sq_ft_gardening. My apologies if you see it five times.]

So far, no garden pics (I haven't been in a picture-taking mood lately), but there's lots of garden joy this week. Last Friday, choirboypuppy came by to help me with some weed removal and planting, and to keep the garden cat company.

So far, the grid isn't nearly full, but it looks like this (tonight I'll plan what to put in the empty spaces):

pending pending 1 tomato (black zebra) 1 tomato (super sweet 100)
pending pending pending 1 sweet basil
pending reserved for slug trap (yeast/sugar mixture) pending pending
1 verbena (still there from last year) 1 strawberry (also from last year) pending pending

My goal is to go over there every day for at least a quick visit, and so far I'm doing well. Today, I laid down copper tape and pulled a few tiny weeds, along with watering the plot. Tomorrow, I plan to water the plot, water the butterfly-attractor plant I bought for the garden fence, put up my twine dividers, place my slug trap, and plant some seeds.

We'll see how it goes.
Friday, January 26th, 2007
4:35 pm
Save a Tree
Earlier today, I was reading the blog of chocolatier David Lebovitz and he was discussing some fabulous jam some old friends of his make. They have a single tree of Blenheim apricots in their backyard and they make jam and you gte on a waiting list and in July they ask for money and you can buy a single pint of this delicious and rare jam.

So, I poked around the site and learned from the jam makers of We Love Jam that their tree is an endangered breed.

Once popular, and of superior flavor, the Blenheim is hardly ever found any more. Why? It doesn't keep well.

So, when I emailed to get on the waitlist (I love jam too!) I asked about seeds. Well, Eric and Phineas got right back to me and said they would be happy to mail me a seed, and seeds to anyone who wanted them. They would love to see the Blenheim make a resurgence.

Their tree is located in San Francisco, so, while I will attempt to start one at my new (and much sunnier office), I think all of you out on the Left Coast ought to write to these gentlemen and ask for a seed. Tell 'em Nicole from gala.ws told you about their jam and the seeds and you'd like one. Maybe get on the waitlist for jam, too ;)

Now, Right Coasters ought to try as well. According to Wikipedia, the apricot can withstand temperatures as low as -30F. However, that doesn't say if the Blenheim can, but it can't hurt to try. Especially if you have a nice southern facing wall to grow it against.

ETA: Eric & Phineas wrote this to me:

Our tree is actually in Santa Clara - the heart of Blenheim
territory. Apparently cold weather doesn't affect them in the winter, and they
love hot summers, but hate moisture.

(x-posted to eat_local, gardens_not_gas, landscapers and my personal journal.
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
9:23 am
Eating Sustainably
It's been really quiet in here. Ah well.

Still, occasionally I find stuff that might be useful, and today is from the Sustainable Table blog, The Eat Well Guide. Basically, you put in your zip code and can find where to purchase sustainable meats & dairy in your area. I had found something similar before, but it only searched farms. As a Manhattanite, sans car, it's difficult to get out to 'Jersey to pick up eggs every week.

Right now it's claimnig that the Gourmet Garage on 96th street has pasture raised eggs. With a little luck it will be true.

In other news; anyone want a roof garden? Let me know. I'm looking for space. If you've got the roof, I've got the know how.

It's been far too long since I had my hands in dirt.

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
12:11 pm
Behind the cut, a few photos of the garden. The ones of the tomato flowers and the Chinese broccoli didn't come out, but here are five photos of what I've come to call "my plant babies". someotherguy is going to watch over them while I'm gone, and when I get back, I'm hoping for some tomatoes, at the very least. Looks like the beets will really yield, too. Here's hoping!

Plant babies!Collapse )
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
11:40 pm
More marigolds are sprouting. Also three out of four lettuces, and TONS of beets. Happy happy, and I got to show dryadgrl around the garden, and she was so cute and happy about it that it made me even gladder about the whole thing. We ate little samples of stuff as we went -- mint, mostly -- and it was so cool. She tasted my apple, and I don't mean that in a smutty way.

She and I also spent a fair bit of time bonding over finding really wonderful paople to love, and listening to each other about stuff, and talking over each other, and laughing, and eating. Mmmm, mangos! Mmmmmmm.
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
9:12 pm
Behind the cut, more garden pictures. This time, I took some photos of other people's plots and some of the common area. I think the whole thing is looking so pretty right now. Next, I should make myself a gardening icon. Maybe Mr. Froggy wouldn't mind.

more photosCollapse )
5:23 pm
Garden stuff
Yay, seedlings!

Chinese broccoli (*wave at stonebender*), lettuce, and marigolds are sprouting. And my new sprayer head gives me a nice, fine mist that doesn't disturb my soil. Happy happy.

(I thought of mulching the tomatoes, but I'm there every day to water and weed, if necessary, so I'm gonna pass for now.)

My froggy wants a less weedy place to sit, though, and I want a nice beach chair or papasan for sitting under the tree.

Might've watered the tree too much -- lots of fruit flies under it today. Is that bad?
Friday, June 30th, 2006
7:48 am
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
6:22 am
When I got home last night, someotherguy had *already built the garden box*! I knew it was a possibility, but he didn't mention it on the way home, so I was completely prepared to make the box after dinner. It is lovely! Behind the second cut below, you can see photos.

Took the box to my plot, filled it with Mel's Mix, and came home to eat pork chops and rest for a bit.

I went over and blocked off my squares, and now they're all planted. Behind the first cut is a representation of what's planted where. (Eggplant will come later, as it has to be started inside, and bush beans will go in when something else is harvested or something. I got so many gifts that I didn't have room for everything, and I'm not gonna overplant.

I took off my shoes and walked in the moist earth, and it took me back to the days on the commune, but this time, I wasn't helping in someone else's garden -- this time I was growing what will please me and my family, and I felt all those feelings that make me start talking woo-woo language -- that connectedness, that sense that my roots go into the earth, all that stuff that for me requires absolutely no belief in a deity or a sentient earth. Anyway, it was glorious.

the table is behind this cut -- just imagine that the squares are the same size; I've forgotten how to do that in HTMLCollapse )


Three pictures of our garden-in-progressCollapse )
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
8:11 am
garden economy
So my total cost for this garden has been $108 and change. It would have been more if people hadn't so graciously given me stuff, and I don't foresee any major expenditures for the rest of the year. I've already gotten well over a hundred dollars' worth of hobby fun out of it, and if I get some lovely fresh tomatoes out of it, even better.
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