Earth Day is special to me, I feel very close to the powers of the earth to sustain the life of us, plants and all the other animals and organisms around us. I am grateful to have a place to live with space for me to experiment with my gardening and provide food for myself and my family too.
I also feel like the date that I was born on was no accident and that I was meant to celebrate and advocate for Earth Day…because it’s my Birthday!! I’m going to be talking about ways I was “one” with the earth on each of the next four days, and of course probably after that too since I am into my plants but this is a fun reason to do it!!
Yesterday, I decided to experiment with another one of my Roma Tomato starts…this one I put into the top of my Back to the Roots fish tank with the hopes that it will get some nourishment from the algae bloom in there…so far it seems perkier than when I first put it in so I’m very hopeful!! I also sprinkled some Chia and Cilantro seeds in there so it could get interesting! Right now some of the rock beds have some young basil and some lettuce, neither of which is doing particularly well at this point but Blue Hand (our Betta fish) is doing well and that is the important part.
I also put another tomato start outside, and also went around my whole front yard vegetable bed and surrounded all of my little plant babies with eggshells to protect them from slugs. I have a bunch of lettuce that is doing pretty well, a few tomato starts, some peas, strawberries and baby kale & radish too. I put some borage seeds in the middle of my strawberry patch but they aren’t popping up yet, so I put a lot of egg shells there and I will probably go back out after I write this to put some more out there because I love that stuff, or maybe I’ll focus on starting it inside…that seems to be working pretty well. Maybe put one seed in some soil and one seed in the fish tank!
There was a huge truck/bee incident yesterday and I’m hoping that the bees that escaped are happily building a hive somewhere! It didn’t happen particularly close to where we live but bees are scarce and I know we need them!
Enough rambling about the garden and the planet at this point…until tomorrow!
It is definitely springtime… I admit the warm weather that we have had here has been way too tempting and I did start pretty early, I forget if it was February or March but I got a GREAT deal on a whole bunch of strawberries and went ahead and threw some seeds in the ground too! Now I have lots of peas, strawberries and lettuce going and about 4 tomato plants that I started from seed that seem to be surviving outside.
I have to smile because when I came inside from gathering eggs, planting one more tomato and sprinkling some broken eggshells around everything (to deter those slugs!) I saw that I had ripped my jeans (by my shin) when I climbed through the fence to get to the secret laying spot of “Glittery Sparkle” and even the TOPS of my hands were dirty…lol!! I love it though, and am excited to get some more yumminess planted soon!! I’m happy that one of my pumpkin plants is still around (of two) and two of my broccoli plants (of three) are still around too…so far so good!
In my pots my blueberries have TONS of flowers which is exciting, and my raspberries and blackberries are growing lots of leaves, so I hope they are able to produce some berries this year!! I am itching to plant those in the ground but am waiting til I can plant them somewhere we own…especially the apple tree which is covered with blossoms too.
This book is probably the first one that I read after I left my ex. I had loved him and the day that I left him felt very sudden yet expected. It was a very emotional time, my daughter was born about six months earlier and I knew that while we had it good for years (we’d been together for seven years) I didn’t want her to see what our relationship had turned into. It was hard because we had also had really good times, and he was at times more supportive than anyone else in the world.
What our relationship had turned into though was absolutely not healthy. I couldn’t talk to him without being accused of something it seemed. There were threats of violence that escalated over time and I (fortunately) knew better than to wait to see if he meant it.
This book helped me to feel ok about moving on, which I’m grateful for to this day. It was my job to take care of me and our baby above all else and this helped me to do that. I’m glad I didn’t internalize all the accusations of ‘messing everything up’ and instead moved forward to make our lives better, and they are now.
Sweet baby girl Hazel is 6 today!! Happy Birthday Hazel!! I can’t believe how fast and exciting these last 6 years have been…
You can comment if you want to send Hazel a birthday message!!