Garden Report for 5/31/17

Hubby built the raised bed for the garden last week. It’s 4’x8’x18″ and can accommodate all kinds of root depth.

We filled it with some fine organic soil premixed with sand (for drainage) and compost (for nutrients). After we shoveled the beautiful dirt into the bed frame, I tucked the seeds into it. Short and root crops go along the eastern edge. The taller, bushier ones went to the west side. I  watered, watered some more, and hoped for the best. We have tomatoes, some herbs, broccoli, lettuce, green beans, radishes, heirloom carrots, and spinach incubating in their lovely bed. Now we wait.

image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

I hadn’t planted in seven springs. The last garden came into being just after Orion made his journey across the Rainbow Bridge. In the haze of early grief,  I half-heartedly poked holes in the ground, stuck the young plants into them, and watered. And walked away. And still had decent produce, including a zucchini the size of a baseball bat. Really. As I cleaned out the bed that fall, I bumped something buried in the leaves with my foot. There was the zucchini. Hubby and I didn’t know if we should cook with it, bronze it for posterity, or apply for an open carry permit.

I think I made some bread with it, and soup.  Good soup, if I remember correctly.

This year, I wanted, needed to get my hands back into the dirt. I needed to do something, anything to counterbalance the craziness in the world. Working with the cycle of nature keeps me sane, reminds me that all things will pass, eventually, and to have patience as they come to fruition.

Plus as the meme says, I’ll get tomatoes. You can’t beat that.

The User’s Guide to Tofu

Some of you are making gagging noises. Knock it off. It’s good stuff when properly handled.  

One of tofu’s mixed blessings is its blandness. All you have to do is press it between two plates to eliminate the excess moisture. It will then soak up the flavors of its fellows in the soup or the stir-fry, or if you brown it in a little oil before adding it, you will have little crunchy squares of goodness. It also makes a good substitute for scrambled eggs.

Please buy organic tofu only. The non-organic types more likely than not have GMOs in them. 

Mollie Katzen, the author of The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, has many yummy tofu recipes Please check her website ( for suggestions. 




The Walk for a Cleaner Environment

On Saturday, the March Against Monsanto will take place. Events protesting their attempts to poison the food supply will be staged at locations throughout the US. 

It’s good, and it’s needed to show that we will not allow ourselves, our descendants, and our companions to be experimental subjects. However, we need to demonstrate what we are for as well. 

Mother Teresa was once asked if she’d join a demonstration against war. She declined, but said, “I’ll be there if it’s a demonstration for peace.” What if we who may not be able to get to an event for one reason or another supported our comrades by staging a walk for a cleaner environment, a healthy food supply for humans and their companions, and a safer world for all?

This is what I’ll be doing: I will walk into a store and buy at least one organic or nontoxic item. If I see a manager, I will walk up to him or her and thank them for carrying said item. I will walk into the local organic garden center and get some plants. 

That’s all you have to do. Hope you can join me, and keep our friends on the front lines in your spiritual practices on Saturday.