Monday, February 6, 2017

Back to the Basics

When I began gardening years ago, it was a outlet.  People would say I had problems with alcohol or anything they could put a finger on.  Sadly I believed them at the time. So I would exhaust myself in the garden rather than react to the negativity I was experiencing.

I had a vision of creating a rehab program using work in the garden to redirect the energy of people seeking a more healthy lifestyle. By working in the garden they could learn to support themselves as well as learning about nutrition.

I believe this could help the U.S. become united again by acting as a role model to other nations rather than a fearmonger. Making programs like this available to people on welfare, they could learn the tools to contribute more to society.

This sounds like a vague idea, but it doesn't need to be.  The cost of starting a garden is miniscule, as I wrote about in the post about bees. The benefits would be immeasurable.

Countries dealing with political instability could also greatly benefit from this opportunity. Rather than increasing costly militant presence, the ability to put political pressure on, overall good-hearted, people would be removed.

With much love, continue creating beauty in this world


Friday, September 16, 2016

Always running

There was a fortune cookie that read, "Romance and travel will go together."  I sighed in relief.  In the past 5 years I've quit many jobs to travel.  Many friends pressure me to go to school or take up a career.  Be more romantic and shit. So I feel torn.  I love my friends and value their opinions, but traveling really makes me happy.  So the sigh was at a thought of being able to travel all over and still stay close with the people who are close to my heart. 
I was reading the blog of someone whose journey makes me feel far less different in my own. They were talking about dating themselves. That post inspired me to write more honestly.  I stopped dating a long time ago. I started feeling that there is no one loyal out there and stopped letting myself care about those types of feelings.  Sure it may be an illegitimate (no pun intended) way to feel, but feelings remain. 
There is more to it though. Dating myself became very enjoyable.  Rather than structure my life around one other person. I could roam freely. I began hobbies and started making tons of friends.  And yes, I started to learn about who I really was. What I like and what makes me happy.  I wouldn't shower for days and stopped worrying about how other people view me. The most genuine people I've met started crawling out of the woodwork.
I began learning to see behavioral patterns and could avoid counter-productive relationships much sooner.  So the journey of finding myself became rewarding. The world became a much smaller place.  Because even though I'd never met certain people I could spot their intentions quickly.
This is sorta just a ramble, it feels nice to write out

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Citrus Artichoke Companion Planting and Compassion

     Greetings readers, it has been awhile since an update.  Currently the garden is mostly barren, however the soil is filled with various seeds waiting to sprout in spring.  Last year the tomato harvest was more abundant than I could eat or give away.  Blessings.
     
       What remains is artichokes, proudly unaffected by the frost, as well as a few onions. There is also a grapefruit tree. Knowing citrus plants don't tolerate frost and being too lazy to cover it every-time the temperatures drop, I planted it right next to the artichoke plants.  I am surprised at how well it is doing.

      The artichoke leaves have now grown slightly over the grapefruit tree. Amazingly enough, the grapefruit tree is not only surviving, but growing into the artichoke's protection.  There has been a fair amount of new growth since the first frost of the year.  I heard that underneath a plant canopy, frost takes much longer to settle.   This also can lessen the cold if for some reason you have to sleep outside during cold conditions.

      It has been a difficult year, dealing with a lot of aggressive behavior.  The rewards have been great though.  By turning the other cheek I have been able to explain how toxins and malnutrition affect emotions. A bit over 7 years ago, I had a conversation with a friend about world hunger.  I felt there was little I could do to help, much less reverse the process, because it is not profitable.  So I choose to stop dating and stop working to build my own wealth, in order to make an actual impact.

       That is very much why I started this blog.  To offer what I have been learning about feeding and healing myself without monetary input.  During that time I have learned a tremendous amount and am grateful.  I've not only learned a great deal about gardening and nutrition, but how to meet people where they are at.  Over the years many of the most sincere people I've met have been wanderers, homeless and "mentally challenged."  I quickly learned many of these people really could use a listening ear and someone to accept them for who they are. This helped me come to peace with behaviors of people that have caused me to feel mistreated in the past.

      After 7 years had passed I decided to return to a more comfortable lifestyle.  Mostly because the loneliness is rough.  I took a vacation to New York to celebrate and accepted a job above minimum wage for the first time since then.  I'm not sure where my journey will lead me now, but I am excited for new beginnings.  I plan to still continue being generous and compassionate, simply am now seeking the Middle Way that Buddha spoke of.  Thank you everyone for reading.  Until next time

Thursday, March 26, 2015

No till gardening














     Here is a series of photos showing the method of no-till gardening I find most useful as well as how it's done.  Thanks for reading.  Decide where you want you garden. Spread leaves and mulch found around nearby trees over the designated area.  Water once and let sit for around a week. When dry rake everything to one side, then use a hoe to cut off the weeds.  Next rake everything to the side you just cleared of weeds, and repeat. Mix any dug up soil into the mulch.  Now it will be ready to plant starts in.  This won't give you sterile soil so bugs or bacteria will likely take out seeds.  Happy planting :-D

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Honey Bees

    I've been looking into getting a hive of honey bees, the main pollinators of our planet.  Getting honey and wax would be awesome and the bees would help the garden thrive!  So I began calling around and realized it is a bit out of my price range for this year.  Nonetheless I've been learning a great deal about them since.

   Bee populations appear to be in decline.  Without bees, the almond industry would not exist.   Many other staple crops rely on bees for pollination.  However there is a multitude of problems affecting these critters.  The main ones are mites, and viruses transmitted by those mites.  Most hives are unlikely to last more than a year without some type of miticide.  So what can we do to help?

   Based on what I have been learning about soil composition and companion planting.  By providing soil with more diversity and life in it, plants are able to grow much stronger.  They are more likely to have the ability to fight off a lot of the same issues affecting monocrops.  Companion planting is the idea of planting multiple crops together, usually to lessen the presence of harmful pests.  What does this have to do with bees?  If their environment during the off-season provides them with enough diversity of micro-nutrients, they would have an immune system better prepared for the travel and monocrop pollination during the active seasons.

   This sounds like an expensive process.  It really doesn't need to be though.  With proper composting and no-till methods a garden can be started without spending much beyond supplying water to the site.  Many plants can be started by seed.  If this bee-friendly environment can also supply a wide variety of foods and flowers, it can benefit the community in countless ways as well.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Greenhouse

Recently I've had the blessing of getting a greenhouse.  It is great for starting plants inside that couldn't be started outside, until after the last frost.  The increased humidity makes it easier to keep them watered and it provides cover from wind and rain.

So far a friend and I planted lettuce, spinach, collard greens, peas, and jalape├▒os.  In a few months they will be ready to be planted outside.  I also found a palm tree sprout and put it in some nicer soil.  If it starts growing I'll be stoked!  The days have gotten longer and the chickens stated laying again.

I've been looking into selling produce at a local farmer's market.  There are a few hoops to be jumped through.  Luckily I have met some really incredible people who have made the process much more understandable.  Beyond that, I am beginning to plant so a variety of produce will be ready to be sold when market day comes around.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Urban Gardens of San Francisco

   It's nice to find peaceful gardens in the midst of a busy metropolis. While traveling to San Francisco I found a few urban gardens.  

     The first one was tucked in the back of an average park.  There is a large range of plants that are kept by kids in an after-school program.




      I ran into a neat "Mini-park," while on the way to another community garden.   It was surprising to see how much variety was between two large condos!  


       After traveling further, I found a neat strip of community organized gardens.  The lady there said it was originally part of a homeless employment program, however that program was shut down and it is now a garden the local residents keep up.  It seems like a good way to get people outside and working together.





   
      I ran into this garden on the walk back.  It was at a school with a large lemon tree, that fruit on it in January!  It is neat to see that even in a big city, youth are learning in nature.



 
      Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed.