Kinda missing those fresh picked summer snacks.
Kinda missing those fresh picked summer snacks.
From what some would consider a yard cleaning annoyance to a wonder of nature that will nurture new life – I never stop being amazed.
VERTICAL FARMS are a viable approach to addressing multiple issues related to agriculture, quality, dwindling resources, and demand.
Local governments should make an effort to entice such companies to locate in their communities.
I suspect corporate owned farms and entities like Monsanto will attempt to mount some kind of legal offensive.
Was working on a roof today without a cloud in the sky which is always kind of special when it’s the middle of summer and you get to bake and was thinking about the previous blog that carried a little heat of it’s own.
So maybe it’s appropriate to blog about peppers.
I’ ve never met a pepper I didn’t like whether sweet like the ones pictured above or jalapeños and habaneros.
Especially when they are the product of a garden.
I think it’s a special thing to take your shoes and shirt off and walk through the woods – to feel the land beneath your feet and the breeze and leaves brushing against you.
Special also to put your hands in the earth to plant or harvest – an understanding comes of these things, an understanding that as a human being we aren’t necessarily all we imagine ourselves to be, that there is more to our existence than our personal understanding or belief in who we think we are as an individual.
I read an article recently about Israeli Kibbutzes, crime and discord are essentially unheard of and I wonder if this is due to being agricultural communities where all are involved in the planting and harvesting?
It made me think of another agrarian people, the Hopi, who I think of as the spiritual gatekeepers of the nations and whose history is one of being peaceful and community oriented in their agricultural endeavors.
I have always believed that as the disconnect between the land and people increases so too the problems and discord – perhaps even a genetic mutation over time that lessens the bond causing many to only hear a faint echo of the call that once was when they visit a national park or out hiking.
I believe the land is our mother, a mother always pregnant and in the process of giving birth to new life.
A mother in distress as the numbers of those who hear her voice and respond dwindles.
We’ve been experiencing problems in the garden, nothing major just a missing ear of corn here or there, evidence of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and other edibles having been plucked or half eaten and left on the vine.
A little confusing until we remembered this is the time of year when gnomes begin laying in winter stores – so we began keeping an eye out for their activities and finally caught this one which we took inside for a few moments in the hopes of establishing a mutually beneficial rapport.
Don’t be fooled by the rigid appearance, they often do this as a subterfuge, kind of the gnome version of playing opossum.
A subterfuge they will maintain for extended periods of time when being observed.
You’ve probably seen them in gardens or flower beds after having assumed this posture and thought they were statues, but turn your back for a moment and they’re gone just as this one was – fortunately we were able to take a photo or two.
We’ve elected not to reveal the location to avoid an army of gnome hunters with nets descending on the area.
Won’t be long now before the first crop of tomatoes are table ready.
Planting is staggered so they’ll be another crop in two or three weeks and one more in a comparable time period after that – an approach we take with nearly everything we plant.
Tomatoes are indigenous to this hemisphere, originally cultivated by the Inca and Aztecs.
Following the importation to Europe myths and suspicions became part of the tomato mythology where they became known as poison or wolf apples which may have been attributable to the fact that tomatoes are a member of the same family as Nightshade which is poisonous.
What may not be commonly known is that if you make a spray of the leaves or stems it serves as an effective pesticide as does Cayenne and several other organic approaches.
In a previous blog Heritage Seeds I commented on the importance of heritage/heirloom seeds, of harvesting your own, creating a personal seed bank ( or one for your children/grandchildren) but above all the need to know where your seeds come from.
In that blog I included a photo of tomato plants that are strong and vibrant – plants you can just about sit and watch grow during the course of a day, plants that produce an abundance.
In this blog I’m including a couple of more photos I have previously posted – one being okra and the other egg plant as an example of what has become a common garden theme – robust growth.
When planted all due consideration is given to the amount of distance between each plant, and we often hedge a little at times exceeding what is considered to be the norm.
Yet as can be seen in these photos much the same as the one in the Heritage Seeds blog it’s as though we stole a few seeds from Jack of the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk.
I believe there are obvious reasons for this, one being our chemical free approach, another that gardening is a family endeavor conducted with respect, gratitude, and admiration for the garden and what it produces – additionally we know where each and every seed we use comes from.
Something people should consider is if they haven’t the ability to know what is in the food they ingested or where it came from then they really haven’t the ability to exercise freedom of choice, kind of that Soylent Green thing.
Entities like Bayer and Monsanto have fought tooth and nail to deny people that ability, lobbying for and securing legislation to advance their cause and to block others.
This can only happen when politicians put the interests of corporations and the wealthy above those of everyone else – and it occurs on both sides of the aisle so don’t fool yourself that it doesn’t.
If the current administration is so concerned about national safety and welfare as to promote an immigration ban that was toned down to some period of time to enable “understanding” the issue then I suggest the issues regarding lobbyists and corporate money are well understood and should be a banned.
So too are the effects of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOs, and climate change.
For that to happen of necessity there would need to be Supreme Court dedicated to the welfare of people, a court that wouldn’t include a “justice” like Clarence Thomas who actually worked for Monsanto at one time and has voted favorably in any case that reached the SC that would affect Monsanto’s corporate interests.
As I also mentioned in the previous blog climate change and related are a people’s issue, an issue that will not be addressed in any meaningful manner under the current administration, one GOP politician going so far as to say if climate change does exist god will take care of it.
Right, just like prolonged droughts and millions dying in countries like Ethiopia and elsewhere, just like “ethnic cleansing” across the globe, and the genocidal policies directed at indigenous people throughout this entire hemisphere.
An invasive contagion of indifference and outright stupidity has enveloped the majority of the Senate, Congress, and some portion of the electorate in what amounts to a national crisis in my opinion.
During another crisis known as WW2 due to shortages Victory Gardens were born, individuals and communities planting gardens to meet their needs.
I submit this nation faces another crisis in the war being conducted by the Trump administration on the environment and the right of people to know what they ingest and feed their families.
This “Axis of Evil” includes corporate allies like Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, and Bayer to name only the biggest players – in such a climate Victory Gardens become a viable alternative, more so when coupled with boycotts.
Now you may think it a great convenience to shop at a grocery store and whip out a piece of plastic to pay for it, and you may not be entirely able to wean yourself of the grocery store convenience but there surely are steps you can take other than merely ranting or saying that’s just the way it us.
The axiom that a person is either part of the problem or part of the solution has never had greater relevance than it does now.
There has always been a narrative of sorts related to States rights as opposed to that of the government, I firmly believe each state has the right to protect it’s citizens, it’s environment, and natural resources.
In that belief I am encouraged and applaud the efforts of those states who have risen to the occasion and announced they as a state will address the issue of climate change and to hell with the corporate minions and “war” criminals in Washington.
A benefit of harvesting your own seeds is the ability to go with the best among what you’re grown.
Sort of a cultivated natural evolution one might say as each succeeding crop seems get to better – the plants are stronger, produce more, and adapt to the climate to a noticeable degree.
As can be seen what is occurring is a virtual maze, some will easily reach four feet or more in height without sacrificing taste or quality.
An added bonus is there are always more than enough to make it through from the final harvest till the first the following season – that and plenty to share with friends and even barter for eggs, fruit, or even milk.
I encourage people when gardening to either use only heritage/heirloom seeds they can verify and also to harvest seeds from what they grow.
The board you see is an eight footer with a two foot set leaving six feet above ground – that should give you an idea how robust theses plants are.
These are entirely chemical free plants – no pesticides, no chemical fertilizers – the garden is mulched and spaded over following the last harvest and then again a couple of weeks prior to planting in the spring.
Starting your own personal seed bank is not only a good idea but pays multiple dividends.
Yup, another blog – a few days off before I begin the next job and been kind of on a blog binge, but there’s reason to my madness.
For close to the entirety of this blogs existence there have been those who suggested I post what I consider to be “keepers” in the literally thousands of photos I’ve taken over the years.
And by keepers I mean those I consider quality as the result of gaining more experience in the taking of photos and digital editing.
To that end I’ve been posting examples of what I consider to be pre keepers, kinda taking the circuitous route and working my way up.
Too date what you have seen have a few years on them – and while I’ve never gotten into street photography mostly because I’ve lived removed from the cities you would be hard pressed to find a mountain range or wildness area I haven’t been in, a lake or river I haven’t spent time by.
Those and the ones depicting rez life and the people qualify as keepers for me.
So if you have a critique or suggestion feel free.
We all have things we are passionate about, other than the obvious of friends and family my focus has long been on governmental policies and how they will impact the nations – to that end I’m not averse to expressing my opinion or take on them and how they will impact us as a disenfranchised minority.
So photo blogs yeah, but blogs about political realities in the mix as well though it may get a little confusing at times as to what I will post next and why – and I never expect universal agreement.
This one about berries, the second in fact I believe as berries are too good, too beneficial to ignore or pass by, and there’s a berry to suit even the most discriminating taste.
The below linked video says it all.