I am standing in front of a community garden taking photos when a youngish dude (I am not good at guesstimating age) holding a guitar and a large, open bottle of vodka approaches me.
Him: What are you doing?
Me: I’m taking pictures of these beans and bean flowers.
Me: Because I think they are beautiful and I am impressed by this garden.
Him: Why are you wearing a bike helmet.
Me: I was riding by on my bike and stopped to take a few photos.
Him: [Laughing] Are you afraid you’ll fall off?
Me: I’m afraid I’ll get hit by a car. I value my life.
Him: [Takes a swig of vodka] What are you doing after this?
Me: I’m working. I’m working right now. This is my work. I take pictures. I write about gardening.
Him: Do you like your work?
Me: Very much.
Him: So I don’t get it. Why do you do this?
Me: Because I love gardening and I love good food. And I want to share what I know. Because people need good food but they can’t always access it either because it’s just not available or they can’t afford it. And because gardening makes people feel good and it makes them feel good about themselves.
Him: So you don’t make porn with that camera?
I grew this tall variety from seed this year but was a little late getting started so it is only now starting to produce the first flowers. And it is tall — probably about 4 feet already. I chose this variety because it was tauted as being resistant to powdery mildew and so far that is ringing true. My plants are as green and gorgeous as can be without a speck of white powder. Considering the wet summer we’ve had I consider that a small miracle.
The Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra) is producing lots of yummy little cucumber-like fruits. This is my second year growing them.
I’ve been trying to grow their cousin, the West Indian Burr Gherkin for two years straight but either the seeds (obtained from two different sources) have not been very viable or it just has a very low germination rate. I’m going to go more hardcore on that next year.
In the meantime these little “Barbie doll melons” are easy to grow and abundant. Although I rarely seem to get any home with me, preferring to pop them into my mouth while I work on my community garden plot where they are growing.
I’m working on a project that requires lots and lots of plastic shopping bags. There is only one small problem: I don’t have any! Our family committed ourselves to eliminating the plastic shopping bag from our lives and we’ve done it. Yeah, I know, “Where’s my big ass eco warrior medal?” Anyways, little by little our remaining stash of bags was whittled down with no new bags coming in. And all was right with the world until I decided to make a project utilizing plastic bags and we didn’t have any.
I know someone out there has got a stockpile that they’re just itching to be rid of. Rest assured your plastic bags will find a good home. They are going to a better place.
The details: I am specifically looking for colourful bags. They can be any colour except white.
I know. How demanding an I get? I’ve gone from “HELP, GIVE ME YOUR BAGS!” to “Your bags are not good enough for me.” I’m sorry, I know white bags make up the bulk of what’s out there. I just don’t need them. White bags with coloured prints are cool.
Please email me and we can discuss. I’d be happy to compensate your shipping costs in some way.
While out on a canoe expedition, Davin and I came upon an island with a very large hill that we decided was big enough to be called a mountain. I was determined to get to the top of the mountain and enjoy the view. Thankfully I came prepared, having brought along my runners and a pair of socks in case we came upon a spot that might be worth hiking. We wore sandals in the canoe.
We did make it to the top and this beautiful, healthy sumac was what we found growing there.
I’m tentatively identifying this as a staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) but to be honest there are so many sumacs I find it a bit overwhelming. Staghorn sumac is one of the types that can be made into a vitamin C rich drink although I have never done this and probably never will since staghorns share a family (Anacardiaceae) with cashew nuts and poison ivy. I am allergic to cashews. They won’t kill me but I get dizzy when I eat them. My vision gets blurry and my stomach becomes upset. I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that I might have a problem with poison ivy as well.