Organic rather than transgenetic.
Labor instead of chemicals.
Diversity in place of monoculture.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
erosion...but not in my yard
errands took me out past the nexus and into true rural space so while i was out there i stopped off at a berm on a cornfield i try to visit when i'm out that way because it has a berm that fails regularly...almost with clockwork precision every spring and every fall after harvest...you can see in the top photo that there has been water standing in the low spots in the field and in the second you can see that while the erosion is still fresh some annuals have invaded the disturbed soil...an open niche is an open niche even if it is precarious...there's no erosion going on in my yard but there are potted potatoes sunning themselves on the railing of the deck ( third photo )...time to get them ready to go into the ground...i mulched the garlic beds ( FOURTH PHOTO )...not to protect hem from cold like i did over the winter...i put down a layer of straw and compost to keep the weeds down since garlic is sensitive to competition...the grasses are beginning to get the feel of spring...i finally have something i am willing to identify as teosinte ( fifth photo ) coming up in the outside bed...one so far...in an area i planted with seed last autumn...more to come i hope...there is safety in numbers...and finally the intermediate wheat grass ( a non-native perennial...this came form kansas ) is "greening"...not like gamagrass...this is new growth..but it is green all the same...april is here and while cold isn't banished yet the cool weather crops are here...more time outside...more trips to the garden...cool.
an industrial worker and university student (everyone needs a hobby...my hobbies have evolved and, to keep things straight, i have left my formal student career behind for reasons that are too detailed to delve into here...continuing to be a student of life however and not adverse to learning...stasis is death ) sliding down the back side of middle age...a social loner with collectivist leanings...explain that.