my life on a remote west coast island
…and sow on
We both have been thinking of you as the late winds of winter whistle up the inlets. Hope you are all well and keeping warm. Every year seems to offer its share of challenges. As we age, we have realized the inevitablility of challenges and change and learned a bit better how to cope. Now we just hope that these things will be on the lower end of the severity scale! Then we can celebrate if we can say, “Well that could have been worse!” Merry Spring to you!
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Thank you John! Merry spring to you two too!
I’m super impressed with your compost. It looks wonderfully rich. And your collection of seeds is fabulous. I bet people will be lining up for your surplus stock at Seedy Saturday. Those photos represent such a lot of hard work. The ownership of seeds (and the human genome) raises huge ethical reasons. We seem to have gone too far.
Thank you for reading, and for your comments, Tracy. Good to hear your thoughts. Yes, the compost is rich; full of chicken manure, seaweed and other organic goodies. Yes, it is all hard work, and in a way I suppose that gives us a certain amount of ownership over the plants that we grow, and all of their parts. If one is lucky enough to actually get to the “saving the seed” part of the garden project, then a certain “payment” has already been made, in a way. It is a tricky question with no easy answer; food security, and how to address this issue, among others.
I don’t have chicken manure in my compost. Maybe there lies the problem. 🙂
A little bit of any sort of manure will help the compost. Are you able to buy bags of well rotted steer manure? Apparently that is one of the best. Llamas, rabbits, sheep? Any helpful farmers nearby?
I should be able to rustle up some. I would be surprised if we didn’t have some in the shed somewhere.
It’ll help cook your compost!
Crikey! Your weather does seem brutal. I am impressed with your determination to keep on planting seeds. And what a lot of seeds! Like you I find tax returns and housework equally tedious 😊 Seedy Saturday sounds like a bit of a bunfight!!
Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment too! Frosty again this morning, a bit unusual for this time of year here. I’m off to the bunfight! Have a great spring day!
I’m impressed with all your seeds. That is a lot of seeds to keep organized and plants labeled. I’ve thought of trying to grow things in the winter, good thoughts that never come to anything because I don’t like the cold. You are inspiring!
Thanks Cindy! There are a lot of seeds, even more now after attending the Seedy Saturday where I did get a little carried away, straying from my list just a bit! I think winter is a good time to take a break from growing things, I am just not used to such long winters i guess. Normally spring has arrived here by now, and i should be starting lots of seeds, indoors and under lights. Things are different this year and patience is going to be required, it is still freezing out there! Instead I might have to bake some of those delicious looking scones that you have just posted on your blog!
I am so much impressed with the variety of your seeds collection… and Yessss…. sharing seeds with friends and family members is always a great idea…!! At my parent’s house I have done seeds and plants exchanges a lot.. Now in a small apartment in city life I miss my gardening so much…
Thank you for your nice comment. I enjoyed having a peek ar your blog too, the post about the fusion cheesecake! Very nice! I look forward to reading more of your recipes and learning more about Indian cuisine. How interesting! I wonder what city you are living in? Have you tried container gardening? Or sprouting seeds to use in cooking? Smaller scale gardening for small apartment living. Pleased to meet you!
Thanks you so much for your lovely appreciation.
I am from Bangalore, southern part of India. We use sprouted lentils a lot for salads though never tried seeds.
Here apartment culture is spreading very quickly so people do a lot container gardening.. workshops also keep happening. The problem was that in my open balcony squirrels and pigeons were frequent visitors, so all my pots sampling and sometimes seeds itself became their food. Now finally we have covered the balcony with net but my enthusiasm was gone. But while going through your blog…. I am a lot motivated… Next month going to my parents house for a month…. will collect all the seeds and will try to bounce back!!!
Ahh that is nice of you to say. Sprouted lentils are very good, i also sprout chick peas and mung beans, alfalfa seeds, and recently tried sprouting some homegrown, and saved, red cabbage seeds that i had an excess of. They were very good, spicy and crunchy. So sad about the birds in your potted garden, i have a problem with those creatures too, and find that if i can keep the seeds covered, or start them indoors, until they germinate and begin to grow, it is less of a problem. Of course limited space can be a problem too. I wish you good luck with the next attempt at planting your container garden. Thank you for your comment!
So generous of you to share your knowledge , I am glad to meet you at this platform… will definitely update you if I will be able to start my tiny balcony garden.
Thank you, and I am glad to meet you here too. I have now followed your blog, and look forward to learning more delicious recipes!
Everything looks grand! Hope you had fun with your daughter.
Yes, thanks, I did!
I am now following your blog, but somehow I don’t get notices of new posts in my email. Annoying. Unfortunately, this has occasionally happened with other blogs, and I am not sure what I can do to correct this. I guess I will have to pop in from time to time to see what you are up to.
Hmm, not sure about that, except that I haven’t written a new post for a few weeks, there is one in the works now! I will check my site and see if there is a way to tweak that. It is all a mystery to me, uneducated in the computer world as I am! I know that most of the blogs I follow only show up in the so-called “reader” that WordPress offers to blog followers, not in my e-mail inbox, even when I push the button that says get an e-mail each time etc. Maybe they go to the spam folder, just a thought…
Goodness! I am only vaguely aware of my reader. I rely on notices of new posts coming in my email. Nevermind. I will check in with you from time to time to see if you have a new post. If they don’t come via email.
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