Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kitchen Garden Expansion, Take Two

OK, so no, I've not been kidnapped by aliens and yes I'm over my pouting spell about my miserable failure to expand my kitchen garden before the first frost.  Seriously, that's pretty much what I've been doing.  Sitting around pouting about it and refusing to blog on the count of I can't get passed the pouting long enough to write about gardening, or to do any actual gardening.

I've called for help.  At 7:00 am tomorrow morning the dude who mows my yard will be here to take a look at all the plants I want moved from the fence line to make room for the kitchen garden.  Since I really don't feel strongly about where stuff ought to go, I'm in danger of ending up with some real freaky plant positioning.  I love this guy but he's the one who poodle'd every last shrub I own last year.  He needs strict supervision! 

The garlic sets that I ordered from Seeds of Change are still sitting on my kitchen table in the box they arrived in.  I have no idea if this means they're no good or what but I'm sure hoping they'll be OK since who can afford 30 bucks down the drain in this economy. 

By the way, I decided to go with option #2, if you are keeping up.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day: Poverty

By now you've had a full day of reading great blogs about Poverty, the topic for this year's Blog Action Day. I'm late, as usual, but I made it, finally!

I don't really have a big long post where I'll try to solve the poverty problem through growing magic food in my magic garden, I just want to tell you a quick story.

Since Spring 2008 I've been working with my garden blogging buddy, J Snappy on developing a community garden for our small village outside the city of Chicago. Our preferred location for the garden is situated in a heavily trafficked area, near the highway, and a gas station where drug dealing goes on a lot more than we'd like. At our first volunteer recruiting event, one of the hottest topics was the homeless guy who lives under the bridge at the perimeter of the potential garden property and how he'd probably bother us too much and steal all our food we'd grown.

"What about the vandalism"

"What about the homeless people stealing our veggies?"

In response to the hyper-concern about the homeless dude stealing our food, J proudly suggested that we offer a small free plot to the homeless dude and give him a few plants to grow himself. That way he could become involved and invested in our garden, not steal and grow some food to feed himself.

I thought J's idea was great and such an awesome illustration of how many people view poverty-stricken individuals and how changing the way we think of poverty could be so powerful. Rather than sitting around being so afraid that the people who have nothing will rob us blind, we should be thinking of ways to "give them their own plot", like J said. It all starts with how we view poverty, right?



Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Work Of Garden Fairies

The other day I came home to find a rain barrel, mature Milk Weed plants and more Mountain Bluet. 

I'm really excited about the rain barrel because now I'll be able to place one in the front gardens were I have no access to water. 

Thanks, GB! You're the best!

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