04 March, 2009
So it's been a hectic last eight months, with the economy tanking everyday, the lack of return on any investments, and the anticipation of a drought in this thirsty state of California. But with all the talk about living more sustainable lives, eating more consciously, and even the current president's push for more advancements towards a greener culture in America, I can't help but wonder how I can begin to change my life even in the SLIGHTEST way from capitalistic resource-taker to a progressive resource-giver. What I'm trying to say is I started a garden... using a very small plot of dirt outside of my back door with just a few seeds planted.
My boyfriend was a huge inspiration behind the small garden. He had begun planting a few veggies like tomatoes, arugula, spinach and carrots back in the early fall at his own house. He learned some basic tips and tricks from his own experience, and so after a couple trips to the local Osh store, we put on our play-clothes and started to get dirty. We removed about 4 inches of dirt and aerated the small plots of soil with cultivators (3-prong gardening tools). After sorting through a few rocks and loosening up the soil well, we added a layer of planting soil (you can buy a bag at your local gardening store for about $5) to make sure the soil had the nutrients it would need. Once the dirt looked dark and rich and healthy, we plotted (no pun intended) our layout for seeds.
Serrano chiles, cilantro, thyme, scallions, shallots, strawberries and some lilies to make me smile will hopefully grow in 3-12 weeks!! I will keep you all posted with pictures on the progress!! (I know the pictures aren't much to look at, but these are the BEFORE pics!! Just wait for the progress and AFTER pics!!)