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spring, renewal and legacy

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

So yesterday was nice enough that I could start weeding the beds, repot some outdoor plants (lilac) and start some indoor seeds. Where I would normally put my seedlings in front of our windows I have a recumbent bike/elliptical machine. hmmm - will build shelves across the windows for seed starting. More than new year day, the seed start and sowing season is my greatest awareness of renewal* and when I set my goals. Renewal: I am 61 and have three GrandKittens: pro: you will not get any school fundraiser pleas from me for a little bit.

*Work the earth and add mulch and nutrients. My neighbor gives me acid for my berry rows - pine straw from my roof helps give sweet treats to me and my neighborhood avian choir.
*Sunchokes (WARNING - invasive - plant with care and a plan>) Perennial bulbs from the aster family provide a 10 -12' stalk with little yellow flowers that follow the sun (aka Jerusalem artichokes - not artichokes, not from Jerusalem - probably adaptation of Italian "gira sole" since the flowers "follow the sun." Bulbs cook as you would potatoes - sliced and pan fried, baked, steamed or boiled. WARNING - Flatulence if overconsumed.
*asparagus - Year after year. Normally takes two years to establish a bed but worth it.
*Re-use - multiple articles available on re-use of (fill in the blank) scraps to create a new plant. best success for me have been onion, scallion, potato, and celery.
So I love spring - like relationship, children and your spouse - you prepare the soil, plant your seeds and hope for the best while at the same time doing maintenance: provide care, remove weeds and make frequent positive contact. It is not about you alone it is about mutual growth. Wishing you the best in your gardens and relationships, lj

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