Saturday, April 29, 2006

Journal Entry #3 of My Journey

Gardening 101

Hello! My, alot has happened since I last made an entry. Where do I start?

Every container I have on the deck has now sprouted the seeds I've sown. In these, I've planted lettuce, Tom Thumb peas, spinach, scallions, carrots, and radishes. All doing well.

The grapes, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, thyme, chives, parsley, sage, mint, lavender, and blueberries have all come back to life. I also planted a peach tree and 2 elderberry bushes last week.

My indoor started seedlings are not doing as well as last year. The only things that are growing well and should be transplanted tomorrow are the tomatoes, peppers, sunflowers, broccoli, cinamon basil, tomatillo verde, lamb's ear, and lavender. The rest all died. I'm going to have to start over on some of the others.

I applied compost manure on my raised beds and made my little one foot squares with string. I also planted some vidalia onions in place of my jerusalem artichokes. I didn't like my j.a.'s as well as I thought I would. My asparagus never came back up this year.

Some much needed rain came today but not enough. I moved my mini-greenhouse outside and I have some store-bought plants in it. They include 2 cilantro, habanero pepper, jalapeno pepper, and dill. I also received some mail order plants of lemon grass, chocolate mint, and pineapple sage. It's not past the frost date yet so I'm hesitant to plant out many of my plants yet.

Post Peak Oil & Disaster Prepping

Still not doing enough in this arena. I did manage to buy Lua Sage Fisher's herb book called "Seed to Salve". It will come in very handy. She has a wealth of knowledge about medicinal herbs.

I think I'll take the plunge and buy the Berkefeld water purifier tonight or tomorrow .

Sustainable Practices & Community

Gasoline has spiked up and hovered between $2.81-2.95 since my last entry. I've seen NO conservation in driving from anyone in the area where I live. I wrestle with myself in wondering if I would impact anything by conserving. Somebody else is just going to consume whatever it is I don't. The only reason I have reduced my driving is because I'm trying to lessen my impact on the earth.

The governor was here in town this week for the groundbreaking of an ethanol plant to be built here that will be "the largest ethanol plant east of the Mississippi". Yay-rah.

I also emailed my local newspaper editorial editor/colmnist to see if my 1/2 page public forum published and titled "Energy: Thinking globally, acting locally will help" could possibly be ran again. Maybe this time people will read it. I wrote it and it was published last year around this time on April 17th, 2005. I didn't receive one ounce of feedback on it. Null and void. This week, I ran into and talked to a city councilman I know and told him about it. He said he never saw it and would read it if I sent a copy to him. I found it (thought I had lost it) and I think I'll copy it and send it to him as soon as I have time. the article was about the basics of peak oil and what should be done locally to alleviate some of the problems that will come.

Many people have prompted me to run for a city council position but I don't think I have the intestinal fortitude to get up and speak intelligently in front of a crowd of people. I have severe stage fright and can't think on my toes in such a position. I do think I could make an impact, though. This is a very strong Republican town. I am a Democrat. There is not a large strong Democratic voice here, and Democrats are poo-pooed for the most part. I would like to run on a Green ticket but there is no Green party recognized in my location. No support. So I don't know what to do if I would run.

I've had many thoughts running through my mind of late but I haven't been in the mood to sit down and pound them out on the blog. One day I'll feel like it. I have lots to say about my experiences with the Farmer's Market and their meetings, my job, illegal immigration & peak oil, and life in general.

Still no members in My Meetup Peak Oil Awareness group. I've spent $60 so far for nothing. I may have to stop it if nobody joins soon.

Hope all of you are keeping up with all of the headlines pertaining to peak oil! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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