Eco-licious

Our tulips are totally going like gangbusters!!! Woo hoo!! Got a zillion different colors out there (obviously I have a thing for red…), just seeing the beginnings of the white and yellow ones and will have some multicolors coming up soon as well. By far my favorite flower…my only wish is they’d bloom all year…

Getting to the middle of April and spring is slowly starting to have sprung here in the Rose City…daffodils are in their last act while tulips are going crazy and lilacs are just around the corner…which also means that I’m on mega aphid patrol with the neem oil to protect my roses, as those little bastards can take down a whole plant in no time! And of course all the while in the midst of PIO shots, yay! So here are some other things to contemplate this week that I’ve run across…

  • In our dreams of building our own home on a great plot of land someday, one thing I know is that if it happens, we’ll be using geothermal energy for heating and cooling. Here’s an awesome article that both educates and dispels a lot of myths about this form of renewable energy.
  • Not sure how productive our bees will get this year, but I’d love to start doing things with beeswax. In the meantime, this rad little project with purchased beeswax to make food wrap is totally on my list.
  • While I still have nightmares of her as Blossom, Mayim Bialik is pretty fucking cool in real life. I’ve seen a number of interviews with her on everything from her academic and intellectual pursuits, to her thoughts on parenting, and a lot of what she’s had to say when it comes to feminism. What particularly brings solidarity with myself and Ms Bialik is our agreement that people need to stop referring to women as girls. While many don’t mean harm, this constant use of a term referring to us as children “changes the way we view women, even unconsciously, so that we don’t equate them with adult men…In fact, it implies that they are inferior to men.” So whether it offends you as an adult woman or not to be referred to as a girl, consider changing this when you speak – it can make a huge difference.
  • Read Grist’s short piece on Dallas Goldtooth, who is fighting for indigenous rights (including battling the repulsive Dakota Pipeline) and also happens to be a comedian. Pretty awesome.
  • This is pretty cool as well – a Bay Area e-bike shop lets you trade in your car for an one of their sweet rides. Now that’s a great concept!
  • I’m ashamed that our beautiful state of Oregon has seen a massive increase in factory farms, particularly when it comes to “mega-dairies”. Along with how CAFOs are horrific when it comes to animal treatment/conditions, they are hugely detrimental to not only the groundwater but the air quality, including 160 different air pollutants. Here’s what’s being proposed to address their environmental impactbut of course, those who think corporate profits and a few extra jobs (actually stolen from small farms) strip the right to clean air and water are fighting it tooth and nail. Along with this, I was aghast to learn that Tillamook is now partnering with one of these hugely destructive CAFOs in Eastern Oregon to get their milk for their cheese – gross!!! Needless to say, we have stopped buying their products.
  • And speaking of water, the ocean came up with another Titanic find, this locket that belonged to one of the survivors…with all the crap going on in the world, we all need a bit of sweetness as we start off our week, don’t you think?

There is something in the nature of silence which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. I love to forget the outward world and hold communion with the beings of the mind.”
~Charles Lanman

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  1. April 10, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Have you ever tried sheet mulching or hugelkulture? I have done sheet mulching without even realizing it but now I want to do hugelkulture. I’m in Colorado so grass lawn is a horrible waste of resources imo. So I’m getting rid of most of it. Hugelkulture is supposed to be excellent for water retention, especially here where it is so dry.

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    • April 10, 2017 at 11:57 am

      We did sheet mulching to originally create our beds along with lasagna mulching for our raised beds. Being in Oregon we don’t have a huge issue with drought… Until summer really hits I regularly have had to keep the rain barrels and cisterns open because they overflow, however now I am keeping one of them closed to collect water for the ducks since they empty a 5 gallon waterer everyday now that they’re almost full grown 🙂 we’ve never tried hugelkulture but I’ve seen that done in other places, I think if we ever had a big piece of property we would probably be all over that but being in a little city lot we don’t really have a need. Both my front and back yards used to be all grass when I bought my house 11 years ago and now there is only about a 15×8 patch of it left in the backyard, but I’ve never been one of those people who waters a lawn, as grass is meant to go yellow in the summer 🙂

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      • April 13, 2017 at 5:47 am

        We moved from a small city center lot to a place on the edge of the city. The lot is 4x bigger. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m nuts. Im always out front digging up grass or in the back ripping out junipers. The majority of my neighbors have very large lawns. I’ve been going a little overboard with seeds. I just have so much space and it is still early enough. If half the kale and chard I planted comes up we will be in trouble.

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  2. April 10, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I arrived in DC today and it is spring here! Loving the tulips and the cherry blossoms!!! Spring holds so much promise and enlivens us with color!

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  3. April 11, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Noooooooo! I love Tillamook! I guess I’ll have to stop buying their products now 😦

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