"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

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

No Room for Me

A large percentage of our garden area has been planted but we still have a long way to go. Our little greenhouse is full up, no room for me not even an inch...I had to put everything inside tonight as we are due for some cold frosty weather.


Peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, tomatillos, ground cherries, flowers, and various tender herbs make up the majority of the greenhouse contents and will have to wait until the first part of June to be planted. In the main garden all of my hardy plants are in the ground and doing well.

Blue podded peas

kohlrabi


fava beans

radishes

shallots and set onions

garlic, celery, and celeriac

more peas and carrots

and a little purple potato that had to be covered up for fear of frost are a few of the plants that are growing outside.

Hardy herbs like valerian

echinachea

lemon balm

and soapwort are all looking good.

The salad garden is still under construction, but starting to take shape and our salad bowl is overflowing.

We are busy, busy, busy... but having a most excellent time of it.

7 comments:

Silke said...

Your gardens are amazing! Can you eat all the lettuce or do you sell some of it? My dad was just telling me about the Ice Saint days in Germany, which are from May 12 to 15, I think. After that, it's usually safe to plant tender plants outside. It must be similar where you live, or maybe even a little more severe. We had a "cold" bonus day yesterday where it stayed under 70 degrees! We all loved it!! :) Silke

Eva said...

Your garden looks fantastic! I've been stopping in for several weeks now, and I'm always sucked in by all the is going on in your beautiful garden. Thank you so much for sharing! Very inspirational!

Mr. H said...

Silke,

I know it's hard to believe but we eat most all of it. Our diet consists mainly of fruits and vegetables as this seems to most easily fit into our self reliant lifestyle.

We do eat lots of soup, eggs, some bread and dairy...even veggie pizzas. I have to grow a large amount and variety of foods in order to achieve these goals, and believe me it's worth it...to us anyway.

We learned the hard way, a few to many times, never to plant tender crops out until June or even later in our area.

I hope you have a great time visiting with your friend,

Mike

Mr. H said...

Eva,

Thanks, we are working hard at it and starting to make good progress. I appreciate the kind words and am glad you have stopped by for a visit.

I look forward to taking a look at your blog...Hawaii sounds great. We sometimes get the pounding rain here as well and have to be careful about timing our plantings...especially anything that is to be directly seeded into the garden.

Mike

SuburbanGardener said...

Reading your post I was thinking, wow you're busy, and then you concluded with busy busy busy.

Can not imagine trying to eat all that salad. We're overflowing with 4 romaine, 10 leaf, 10 spinach, and 4 kale plants.

Funny thing is having a baggie of greens in the fridge and snacking on them like they were chips or something.

Mr. H said...

SuburbanGardener,

A huge salad with poached eggs for breakfast, another huge mixed salad with potatoes and barley for dinner (we usually skip lunch), and lots of fruit and berries as side dishes. This is about 80% of what we eat...I have never felt better.

Snacking on salad greens like chips...I bet you fell pretty healthy as well.:)

Mike

Silke said...

Hi Mike,

Ok, so I wanted to pass a blog award I received on to you because I truly enjoy your blog. I made sure I passed one on to you that was the least "girly." :) You can get it on my blog. Enjoy your evening! Silke

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