Monday, March 5, 2018

New Garden

     Spring is arriving. I've prepared a small garden area.  The greenhouse is under construction as you can see in the photo.

Greenhouse being built

The pile of fairly fresh compost which will be buried under the soil.
I left cardboard over an area of lawn for a few months.  This killed off most weeds and got the soil much easier to dig.
I then dug up all the weeds and separated them from the soil.  Dug down again, raking all the dirt off to the side of the 3x6ft

Adding a lot of fresh compost below will help block weeds.
Then the heavier soil is added on the pile.

This is sifted compost. It's what I use to plant in.  Basically sift your compost through a metal screen around chicken wire or a bit smaller.  What I get is soft and nutritious(worm filled!) soil. 
I add this on top of the soil after raking it out some.
I then measured it out and raked it out to 2'6" x 5'6". As the soil settles it will expand back out to 3' x 6'
Here is the raked out and ready to plant soil. I was lucky to catch a nice day to plant, it has been raining often.

It's important to water both the plants and the plot heavily before planting.  Roots don't like to be dry especially during the stress of transplanting.  The roots also don't like sun, so dig the holes before taking them out of the 6 packs.
These are the things I am planting now, also a red sail lettuce. (forgot to get pictured)  In our area there is likely to be mild frost for another 2 months.  All of these are frost hardy.  I have found red lettuces to be able to tolerate cold better than green.  There are a few arugula and romaine. The arugula is about to bolt because I wasn't watering often enough. 

Here is the finished garden bed.  I started by spacing the broccoli and Swiss chard further apart then filling in with the lettuce.  The lettuce is sorted by variety with the green lettuce closest to the near plum tree.  This may help deter heavier frost.   Good luck planting all.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


This is a bit off topic. There are many posts on how to travel affordably, so this will be on how to travel safely.  As with most things in life, appearance is important.  Be humble, everyone you interact with has an unbelievable story. Though always stay aware. As if I feel mistreated I will express it, so will everyone else in one way or another.  Sadly being from the United States nearly everyone I meet has a slightly mistreated feeling towards me. This ties into rehab, to keep the spell, of being from the most aggressively destructive country in the world, at bay you must be generous, but not co-dependent.  Co-depence is when someone is using you to support a habit, whether "using" or not. The main habit I have seen is refusal to work, the illusion that being healthy comes from earning without work.  This is the primary cause of heart disease, etc.. Lack of physical activity, A.k.a. work.
Another way to stay safe is be buzzed while around new situations. This allows you to keep you passions and emotions from strangers. Also beer has a lot of calories and is very affordable, which greatly cuts costs of food.  Next up, travel light. Ties back into being humble, you are exploring the world! You don't need to look perfect. Every extra pound you are caring is making you more exhausted, more vulnerable. Bring a travel toothbrush a bit of paste, a very small blanket and a few pairs or clothes at max. Even if you lose everything you will be fine! Also saves on flights. Don't be afraid to walk away. Listen to your intuition, as soon as you feel something is off, kindly be on your way. Till next time

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.