Thursday, September 10, 2009

Change the World Wednesday

I have joined the Change the World Wednesday challenge in an effort to do more than just talk. Kate's blog The Holdfast Seeker lead me to this site and to her I am grateful. Trillium has also inspired and challenged me to do more. You can visit her wonderful blog called Trillium Travels.

The challenge this week is to plant something. I lucked out on this one because on Saturday I planted a fall crop of leaf lettuce. My goal is to have food without chemicals and to have it just outside my door so I don't have to get in my car and drive to the store. As a side benefit this spring I ate more fresh salads than I normally do. You see, it was always fresh and never spoiled in the fridge. I plan on doing the same this fall. So I challenge all of you to plant something, for yourself and the environment.


Wanda..... said...

I have a small "green" garden that is still I will be drying parsley and basil. I do try to live green the best I can!

squirrel said...

Wanda, you know I think those Victory Gardens should come back into style. don't you.

Wanda..... said...

Well Squirrel, on a small scale I think they are...homesteading seems t be gaining in popularity...we would grow more than we do, but the deer, raccoon and squirrels compete with us...I've done past posts of the squirrels stealing the green tomatoes, the raccoons steal peaches and corn and the deer eat the apples! I still love them though!

squirrel said...

Wanda, I know, they steel my stuff too. I try to grow enough to share with the critters but they are way too greedy. This spring I placed a floating row cover over my lettuce and they didn't even notice the lettuce, it worked wonders. But for stuff that need polinators you can't use that type of cover all the time.

Next year I think I am going to make a scare crow and see if that helps. I have not heard of the term homesteding in modern usage. I'll have to google it.

Thanks for comming back for more discussion.

Unknown said...

Hi Squirrel! Thank you so much for posting about Change The World Wednesday and, more importantly, participating. And yes, your post is just perfect!

For my "planting", I'm putting in lettuce and a variety of greens. I grow everything in pots on my apartment patio but get quite a bit ... enough herbs and veggies to keep us happy all summer and fall. We even have a fig tree that produced last year but this year has put all it's effort into getting bigger. Hopefully next year.

I have a tip for you ... I haven't actually tried this since I'm not bother by critters in my garden ... but I've heard that you spread hair (human or animal) around your garden, critters will stay away. I've been told that this works ... might be worth a try!

Thanks, again, for participating. You'll be in next week's honor society and I'll be stumbling you articles on Tuesday (which will hopefully bring more traffic to your lovely site). Oh ... and I'm following you now, too!

Have a great weekend!

Small Footprints

squirrel said...

small footprints, thanks for the encouragement. I will try the hair trick. Now I just let it blow anywhere in the yard. The birds and field mice really like the dogs hair when I cut it.

I see you visited Trillium's blog. We had been discussing these issues and didn't realize that we each posted on the same subject. I am glad I linked to her blog, she is a very good writer and it just doubled our message. Imagine my surprise when the next day I saw what she had written.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Home food gardening ROCKS. I planted carrots this spring, so easy if the dirt is nice and soft, and am loving how they wait so nicely to be pulled up, not spoiling or too mature. Delicious, and like you, I am eating more carrots than I ever used to.

Thanks for visiting my blog, also; sorry it's taken me so long to return the visit.

kate said...

Hey Squirrel! Thanks for being persuaded to join the challenge and for recognizing my blog! You're ahead of me for this week, though. I just tore out my blighted tomatoes and have yet to plant the spot. Still have lettuce from the spring so I'm not sure what to plant. And we have a 37 degree night forecasted for tonight.....might be done for the season.

good luck with your lettuce, fresh salads are the best huh? -kate