While the community garden is about to wake from its slumber very soon, all the rest of us need to BE AWAKE to the insane shenanigans that Monsanto continues to try to slip by us. Please read the info below and go to the link at the bottom to sign the petition. Thanks to all!
Posted: 12 April 2013
It’s unbelievable, but Monsanto and Co. are at it again. These profit-hungry biotech companies have found a way to gain exclusive control over the seeds of life – the source of our food. They’re trying to patent away varieties of our everyday vegetables and fruits like cucumber, broccoli and melons, forcing growers to pay them for seed and risk being sued if they don’t.
But we can stop them from buying up Mother Earth. Companies like Monsanto have found loopholes in European law to have exclusive rights over conventional seeds, so we just need to close them shut before they set a dangerous global precedent.And to do that, we need key countries like Germany, France and the Netherlands — where opposition is already growing — to call for a vote to stop Monsanto’s greedy plans. The Avaaz community has shifted governments before, and we can do it again.
Many farmers and politicians are already against this — we just need to bring in people power to pressure these countries to keep Monsanto’s hands off our food. Sign now and share with everyone to help build the biggest food defense call ever.
Avaaz.com – Monsanto vs. Mother Earth
Why is it that the best weather of a 3-day weekend arrives after 4:30 pm on the final day? Nevertheless it was an excellent weekend to move ahead with garden tasks, dodging drizzles and rain. Although we don’t have the exceptionally fine weather that blessed our initial project one year ago, we celebrated by seeding the first phase of summer veggies. As various CG members filtered into town from their various journeys, different tasks were done, depending on who showed up and when.
With the air and soil temperatures being nearly equal at 70°F we seeded various squash, melon, and cucumber cultivars, corn, and basil. (Check out our 2010 planting list here.) One minute it was threatening rain, the next a few light rays of sun peaking through the clouds to make one want to don shorts; but wait 5 minutes, and the sun is gone. Do I need another shirt again? Yes. Wait, now I’m too warm. It came down to rolling up the jeans and a t-shirt.
Taking a stroll through the house yard to check on tomato seedlings keeping warm in their little greenhouse, my mouth dropped as I spied a group of deer pellets on some grass. Never in my residency here has one come this far into the yard! We decided to grab netting and place it over the cool weather crops immediately. He hadn’t managed to sample anything yet. (I think it’s the same young male who visited solo last year.) While tying out cloth strips soaked in Irish Spring soap solution on various young fruit trees and roses, I did notice some rose tips “nipped in the bud”.
Here is an update to the final harvest tally of our 2009 plantings, contributed to by our overwintering kale and leeks, which were removed in May for more garden prep:
- Kale: 10 (pounds)
- Leeks: 3.25
Bringing our 2009 grand total to……592 pounds!
As we celebrate our first birthday we have a new 2010 tally, from harvesting the thinnings of early spring plantings during April and May:
- Beet greens: 1.5 pounds
- Kale: 2.5
- Lettuce blends: 7.5
- Spinach: 2
Total: 12.75 pounds Off to a great start!
Posted in Community garden, Developing & Planting, Harvest tally, Oh..oh...., Pests of any size & species, Spring
Tagged basil, Community garden, corn, cucumber, deer, delicata squash, harvest, melons, spaghetti squash
In a fast move to save the lettuce seedlings being savagely eaten in an outbreak of both aphids and Cabbage White Looper caterpillars migrating from the neighboring chard and kale, an emergency evacuation took place. Thanking the plants for their extremely productive service, all kale and chard was removed, salvaging what little was decently usable as food, but discarding most directly into the waste debris containers. This is what we get for “slacking off” in observation given our really busy schedules last week, while there was a burgeoning plague. I had noticed a few tell-tale signs of building aphid populations on the kale, as well as white flies, but nothing had seemed in imminent danger. Then the Swiss chard seemed to become inundated with aphids almost overnight. Evidently, behind that were lurking newly hatched Cabbage loopers, always unseen until they wreak havoc, stripping plants to their ribs in only 1 or 2 nights. Even with eradicating the plant host-sources, and spraying Thuricide* on the lettuce, we could still lose the whole row, but hopefully not. We’ll know in a day or two.
It was also good incentive to tidy up other areas in the garden looking a bit more distressed, removing the cucumbers and ‘delicata’ squash plants, and trimming back the sprawling cherry tomatoes.
"Looking good" yet hunry pests lurk in the chard and kale. So, now you see us.....
.........Now you don't! And the lettuce seedlings are much happier.
*Thuricide is a liquid comprised of millions of spores of the bacterium Bacillis thuringiensis, which reproduce inside the gut of specific types of caterpillars, becoming fatally toxic in a very short time. This is a naturally occurring bacterium that evolved into its specific function.
Posted in Community garden, Fall, Oh..oh...., Pests of any size & species, Uncategorized
Tagged aphids, Cabbage white loopers, chard, delicata squash, kale, lettuce, tomato