Saturday, June 13, 2009
The realization of an addiction
So I realized that I have an addiction when I went to the nursery today to simply buy a watering spout (we have bugs and got this organic pest control stuff that needs to be poured on the leaves) and some earthworms (for the compost) and I ended up buying 4 more plants, a pot and some more dirt. I can't seem to go to anyplace that sells plants without taking a look at whats there. This time I ended up buying a 7 gallon plastic pot (which was way cheaper than any of the others and is much simpler looking which I like) and some new plants for homemade salsas. I got (from the front to the left) another cilantro, jalapeno, tomatillos and habeneros. These 4 plants plus maybe some tomatoes will make excellent salsa once I find a recipe. Total cost for this little setup = $22, so we had better get a bunch of salsa from it, or maybe next year we will break even since we wont have to rebuy the dirt and the container. I was skeptical at first to buy peppers but the lady at the nursery said that the small peppers like habeneros and jalapenos grow well here, its just the bell peppers that don't. And she said tomatillos love it here!
This little plot of dirt surrounded by cinder blocks basking in the sun has taught me a valuable lesson regarding life and food. I shall no longer take for granted the overly simple act of grocery shopping for I have now planted my own food. I can see all the hard work it takes to bring 1 strawberry to the store and how that 1 strawberry should be cherished and not wasted uselessly. This garden was by no means easy or more cost effective than buying all our own organic veggies. We have spent a good deal of money buying supplies and dirt and even waged outright war on the invading snails who want to eat our rewards! The effort and money has been put in, now time to wait for the sweet benefits of our little plot of land. This garden has given us a starting point to further learn how to support ourselves. Now a 6 foot by 4 foot garden is not nearly enough space to grow all we need but we are learning the tools to one day grow all our own crops and have no more worries about chemicals in our foods, where our food came from or how much energy was input to grow what we are eating. All the energy we want to rely on is our backs, brains and the sun! Heres to hoping everyone has the chance to have a backyard garden and learn a thing or two about plants, food and life.
The Garden Retreat Cottage (Home)
Our home is not just where we sleep, eat and spend the down time of our day. It is a retreat from life and worries, a base camp for our explorations of Arcata and greater Humboldt County. A comfortable nook nestled in a beautiful garden to stage our lives as we see fit, free from the constraints of neighbors and lousy room mates. Free from the sound of passing vehicles and honking horns. Free from mean landlords and ugly parking lots. From our garden retreat we cannot see nor hear the road and are thus slightly removed from life outside, even if for just the moment. We are completely content in our 300 square foot castle, not cramped, not looking for anything better and not looking to move away for the time being. I love this cottage because it is the first place I have felt like was a home to me and not just simply a house in a long time. I live with a beautiful woman I call shmoo who is clean, thinks like me and likes my cooking. What more could I ask for?