Monday, July 22, 2019

Podcast Coming soon

I am working on a podcast, working title "We Are Nature Working" I will talk about the many issues facing us from climate catastrophe to hate, hunger, and poverty. My perspective is based upon permaculture ethics and the knowledge that people are not separate from nature but are, in fact, nature working.


Photo: Sunflower & Pumpkin

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Garden Photos

 bee balm growing in the backyard

 pumpkin flower, side garden

glass gem corn side garden

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Seed Saving Video

This video about seed saving is worth your time. As the climate catastrophe expands the need to save seeds grows.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Two Photos From My Gardens

Bee Balm in wild garden

Tomatoes alongside house,

Friday, July 5, 2019

What is a Green Roof?

Green roofs are a roof that allows plants, trees and shrubs to grow in a specially designed light-weight growing medium.

The three main types of green roof systems are:
  • complete systems where all the different components including roof membrane are an integral part of the whole system
  • modular systems that are positioned above the existing roofing system
  • pre-cultivated vegetation blankets that consist of growing medium and plants that are rolled onto the existing roofing system with drainage mats and root barriers as required
Green Roofs Differ from Rooftop Gardens
The rooftop garden is simply a garden, usually in containers, that is located on a rooftop. The rooftop may be a house, an office building, a garage, shed or any other structure that has a suitable surface and is strong enough to take the extra weight. More here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Small 3 Sisters Garden

I took this photo yesterday, July 2. I've planted white pumpkin, Glass gem corn and Grex beans among other plants, stevia for one.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Gardening and Art

What is art, this question may be more difficult to answer than it appears. I have seen work advertised as art that is pretty but has nothing to say; works that would work well in my living room but seem out of place in an art gallery. Is a piece of art because it hangs in a gallery or is it art because of what it took to create it.
The definition I like about art is simple, art is form and content. This translates into all art must consist of these two things.
When referring to form we are referring to:
- The elements of art,
- The principles of design
- The physical materials that the artist has used.
The form is thus concrete and can be readily described, regardless of the art work in question.
Content is based on a concept or idea. Concept means
- what the artist meant to portray,
- what the artist actually managed to portray
- How the viewers respond to the intended and actual messages.

Bob Ewing, photo.
The elements (society, religion, politics, for example) that influenced the artist are also part of the content.
Plants are the materials the gardener works with and how they are arranged or planted as well as the underlying reasons the garden was created help determine whether gardening itself is an artistic medium.
Does form play a role in garden design? The elements of art are space, colour, shape, texture and form, for example. A garden design includes all these, how the gardener makes use of these elements determines how the work is received.
The principals of design are balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity. The principals are used to organize the elements and give meaning to the work.
Meaning takes us to content and what the gardener was attempting to say and how that was received by the viewers.
The materials the gardener/artist uses are alive and will change over time. A gardener requires a clear vision of what the finished work will look like before he or she plants the first seed.
Unlike other art mediums, gardens are works in time and space, and are always a work in progress; works that can be changed by moving a plant or adding another one.
Gardening invites experimentation and participation. The garden may be collaboration in both design and implementation. In fact, even non-human partner can and indeed must share in the process if the plants are to thrive.
Gardening is a cooperative, challenging and rewarding medium that can engage the gardener/artist for a lifetime.

Monday, June 24, 2019

My Small Garden

The season began slow, wet and cool. However, the sun and some heat have arrived and things are growing. The two pumpkin plants made it through the cold as did the corn. I received a stevia plant the other day. This is the first time I have grown this natural sweetener.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Kitchen Herb Garden

Supper time. the dish you are making calls for thyme. You reach up to the kitchen window and pick what you need. No muss, no fuss. Now, not all kitchens have a handy window sill. However, the closer to the cooking area the herbs you need are growing, the freshers they will be. 
Getting your windowsill kitchen herb garden started is fairly straightforward.
You can be creative with your choice of containers and enhance your kitchen décor at the same time as you grow herbs to enhance your food, just make sure the container you select has a means to drain the excess water and something to catch that water in.
You could use terra cotta pots that you decorate yourself to add that personal touch.
First, you plant your seeds in potting soil and keep moist until they sprout. You can place them on the top of your refrigerator as it will provide the needed warmth to get them sprouting.
Second, when the seeds have sprouted you move them to a sunny (5-6 hours of sunlight) windowsill and water them when they need it. As the herbs mature, cut back on the water as they prefer the soil to be slightly dry
Dill – A common kitchen herb that has many uses, both the seeds and leaves of dill have a sharp, slightly bitter taste. You can use the young branches are used to flavour salads, pickles, vinegar, sauces, soups, stews, and chicken, lamb and fish dishes.
Parsley – You will most commonly see parsley used as a garnish and it does work well but be sure to eat it and not toss it away. Parsley is very versatile and will look great on your windowsill I use parsley in salads, stews, omelettes and soups, for example.
Sweet Basil – Sweet basil will add a pleasant aroma to your and a deep and spicy flavour to your food. It is essential for Italian cooking and Thai dishes. You can use sweet basil in tomato sauce and in stir fries for example.
Chives - Chives are one of my favourites, chives are a relative of the onion and bring that extra zip to any dish that needs it. The purple flowers are quite attractive and edible. Chopped chives can be added to salads, egg and cheese dishes, cream cheese, mashed potatoes, and sauces.
If you have these four herbs growing in your kitchen you will be all set to add that fresh something extra to a wide variety of meals. Your kitchen plants will produce well enough that you will be able to dry and store them for future needs or give them as gifts.

Podcast Coming soon

I am working on a podcast, working title "We Are Nature Working" I will talk about the many issues facing us from climate catastro...