"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Another Day in Paradise

Another day in our own little paradise brings with it a hint of winters' snowy past, no worries though, as seedlings are safely tucked away in the greenhouse sheltered from the tantrums of spring.


Inside our home, under lights, newly emerged peppers and eggplants have arisen and are stretching their wings like a prima ballerina on pointe preparing to do a pirouette in earthen toe-shoes,


breaking the bonds that hold them and preparing to go out into the world and produce.


The tomatoes are standing tall like proud little soldiers in marching formation readying themselves for unknown battles and triumphs.


Even a few celeriac have decided to take a peek at the new world and will hopefully call out to their siblings to awaken and arise from the long slumber that still grips them in a seedy embrace.


Outside, the rhubarb having emerged in the warmth of sun must now face the reality of a sometimes harsh Mother Nature. The "pie plant", being much more in tune with its wild past than the friends that will soon be graced by its presence, will most certainly prevail.

2 comments:

deborah said...

What a lovely post. You've captured so nicely the nobility of these wee but brave and confident and exuberant sprouts and shoots and seedlings. I feel just the same way. And I have to admit to being jealous of your greenhouse! It's so spacious! Thanks so much for these great pictures.

Mr. H said...

Hi Deborah,

They are brave and confident but both the peppers and tomatoes told me just this morning that they were not ready to face being put in the greenhouse.:)

The greenhouse is nice, but I will be running out of room in another month as things are added and start to grow. Last year we could barely walk inside.

I planted some flat leaf parsley today after seeing how well yours was doing, something called Yuen Sai a Chinese parsley...should be interesting, it's supposed to have a more pungent earthy flavor.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mike

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