We finished the greenhouse and moved most of the mature plants inside to acclimate to their new settings before we transplant them into bigger containers tomorrow morning. As well, we set up a fenced area in the open just behind the greenhouse for our starter plants and smaller things, as an experiment to see how they do in the open.
Took a trip into Bishop this afternoon to check out the local nursery – Bishop Nursery and Landscape Services – and got 3 tomatoes, 4 hot peppers, a bell pepper, a tomatillo, and some flowers. Gooby picked out the strangest species of spinach that we’re going to have to do some research on, but it’s pretty none the less. We bought all of these starters and then some while in Atascadero but couldn’t keep them because of the move. It’s later in the season and that will effect their growth, but we want to try.
Since the natural landscape around here consists of sand, we created a mix of that and the BumperCrop we bought as the soil to plant these starters in. While sand doesn’t have a high nutrient value, it gives the roots of the plants the freedom to grow without struggle. All they really need is water, the nutrients from things like bone meal, fish emulsion and sunshine, all things we have plenty of.
Grasshoppers have taking a liking to our greenery, so I’m going to try a spray bottle with a very light amount of soapy water and jalapeño seeds to deter them. Our only condition in doing this work is that things must be taken care of naturally and as locally as possible, so no pesticides.
Last night, I used my Faerie oracle cards to do a reading for myself. The Magic of Nature was at the center of attention, telling me to take advantage of what beauty surrounds me. I’m using this card as a continued inspiration to spend time in my garden and furthering these dreams.
To be able to grow your own food is such a privilege, knowing that there are so many people who lack the ability, resources and knowledge to do so on their own. How are people who are packed in like sardines in apartments and cramped neighborhoods supposed to make the space to help themselves in such a small but meaningful way? Starting a garden is a serious financial investment: the containers, proper soil, starter plants and seeds, nutrients and other essentials can be costly depending on how far you want to go with it. People who can hardly afford to survive on a daily basis can’t afford to put that much money up front. The lack of opportunity to learn and to be involved in the process of what gives us life and health is astounding. If people want to know and want to do, they should be able to.
The lack of people who want to know and do astounds me as well. People are willing to rely on mass slaughter farms, major corporations and the word of labels to feed their body. There are many people who do have the space to grow food and flowers and they don’t take advantage of what they’re capable of. The public isn’t inspired to do so, they’re prevented from doing so in a large way. I feel like if you have the ability, you have the responsibility. So much importance is placed on what we eat, why leave our livelihood in the hands of others when we don’t always have to? Gardening is a lesson in patience, science, spirituality and a sense of self.
If you’re reading this, and you know you can do something, do it. Start small, ask questions, learn, experiment, be patient and enjoy the process. You’ll be taking care of yourself as well as the world!