"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, April 26, 2011

Ho Ho Ho...

....and to think I was considering planting potatoes today.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Tantrums of Spring

...and this morning (April 22) looks even worse.:)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Just a Few Pictures

It's been a typically temperamental North Idaho spring so far...snow, rain, more rain, wind, sleet, sun, and repeat. Nonetheless our garden is alive and growing both indoors and out. We awoke to a good inch of snow on Thursday...

...but by mid-afternoon it had dissipated and the sun even managed a brief appearance.

Boy was busy inspecting the remnants of last year's corn as he cut it up into little pieces that will eventually be tilled back into the soil (a chore I didn't quite finish last fall).

These turnip greens have found their way into our salads almost every day since last November...definitely one of our hardiest greens.

Kale is finally staging a nice comeback, it was a rough winter for kale...a few too many freeze and thaw cycles.

In the greenhouse a pot of Hamburg parsley held over from last year puts on new green growth. You are supposed to eat the root but we find ourselves enjoying the greens too.

Onions seedlings are alive and well, growing oh so slowly.

With no room in the house I had to kick the just germinated basil out to the greenhouse...fingers crossed that it survives the cold, so far so good. I must admit to cheating a bit though as I have an oil heater that I turn on when necessary. Even so, I am tempting fate as the heater only graces me with a difference of 6 or 7 degrees, if it falls under 25°F outside my basil will freeze inside.

Comfrey needs to be planted out in the next day or so.

These little spinach and turnip seedlings were planted outside last night, more spinach will be direct seeded into the garden once it warms up a bit more. Normally we plant turnips in the late summer/early fall to avoid root maggots, but I thought I would take another shot at spring turnips this year.

Various other herbs, flowers, and salad greens are alive and well in the greenhouse.

Tomatoes will have to stay in the house for at least another week before we can get around to potting them up at which time the plants in our little arboretum will be set out under a covered row to make room for their less hardy brethren. Hopefully my next post will show us potting up tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.

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