thanks so much!
the drive to LA two weeks in a row. crowded in a van, california love blasting on the stereo, green room interviews and diner food. this powerful beat, the love between we.
Weather continues to shift, hummingbird sighted in garden, lower level of compost turned to black gold. Bees on blossoms, tomato, orange, possible future of urban apiary.
Happy Saturday! I’m enjoying a rainy weekend here in San Diego, relaxing after a two-day garden makeover, thankful for the weather-induced excuse to hibernate with the cat and watch the clouds roll around the buildings downtown.
Pardon the Photo Booth quality, my digital pal pooped out on me this week!
The areas covered with straw were previously wrecked with weeds of all kind, and the soil was hard as dried out clay. Once the back-breaking hours of weeding and tilling were complete, I had the joy of potting some kale, arugula, and collards, along with an assortment of flowers I picked up from City Farmers. Not only is the straw more aesthetically pleasing, it will cut down on weeds and soften the soil for future use! It’s also serving as wonderful insulation for the compost pile.
This tomato plant was left here by the previous inhabitants of 555, and it has grown relentlessly with no aid for the past six months! I cut back almost a third of the wild growth and trellised the strongest stems up a teepee I constructed out of found materials in the shed.
The vegetable garden is flourishing and I couldn’t be happier with the harvest it has already provided us, yummy lettuces, bok choy, parsley and kale. Looking forward to enjoying the brussel sprouts and cabbage come Springtime.
Last but not least, some much needed color for the front porch!
Happy growing, friends. Scott is making stir fry and my belly is grumbling. I hope your blustery is beautiful, wherever you may be!
The more I find myself attentive to and concerned with the minor details, the more I find myself enthralled with the whole. Watching the cat knead the bed in search of the perfect sleeping place, picking camouflaged caterpillars off the brussel sprout leaves, studying the swirls of cream until the coffee is stirred, these things bring me to my knees of reality, where I am humbled by the whole.
Good morning friends! This week I had the joy of trying out my first roll of color film in the old Canon AE-1 that Scott gave me last year. It was a breath of fresh air after all of my battles with black and white film processing, developing and printing last semester. I was really pleased with the results and you can check out the whole batch here.
We had a stroke of warm weather hit San Diego this week, and it has given everything in the garden quite the growing jolt. It seems I can never find enough space for all the pots and plants I have, especially as I share a house with four other people and our yard is shared. Last week I got this idea from my wonderful neighbor Sarah, to turn old jars into hanging pots using gauged wire and a nail.
Not only does it save space, but with clippings of succulents being a dime a dozen (I found all these without leaving my yard), this is a beautiful and inexpensive way to showcase some native greens. Although they won’t last more than a week or two in water, I plan to root them in rocks and sphagnum moss for long-term growing.
I had the most mellow new year’s eve to date, left a neighbor’s party early in order to witness the stroke of midnight from the comfort of my own front porch. Scott and I were in bed by 12:30, it was fantastic!
Only three days into the new year and already I am experiencing growth at my job with TakeLessons, in my personal relationships, and most importantly, in the garden! That’s me with some bok choy, red romaine lettuce, and spinach I just harvested. Now I’m enjoying a beautiful sunset over the San Diego skyline, plotting what to fix up for dinner, and constantly being pulled away from writing this by the cat playing at my feet.
I’ve been stalking Ashley English for the past few months now, and was so inspired by her new “What I’m Digging” updates, highlighting her interests in the world and on the web each week, I thought I’d give it a try myself! I hope your new year is off to a great start, and wherever you are, keep on growing.
- A great article on the power of sugar cravings.
- Wonderful gardening tips and beautiful photos brought to you by You Grow Girl.
- Civil Eats keeps you up to date on the politics of sustainable agriculture and food systems.
- Smartphones to help save the honeybees?
- Neil Krug’s new Pulp Art Book is definitely top on my wish list. His photos are a Western-psychedelic dream.
“The real can be known only through the false, so the ego is a must. One has to pass through it. It is a discipline. The real can be known only through the illusion. You cannot know the truth directly. First you have to know that which is not true. First you have to encounter the untrue. Through that encounter you become capable of knowing the truth. If you know the false as the false, truth will dawn upon you.”
- Osho, Ego - The False Center
No photos from this month. A very busy time of transition; moving down the coast, starting a new job, starting a new school, meeting San Diego all over again!
Mentally organizing the year into months, the months into special days; a great forest, the road, two homes, a family.