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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Grow one edible item

Hey everyone....do this!

GROW ONE EDIBLE ITEM 
And harvest it,
And eat it.
  You don't have to have a big area...
 
 (Sugar snap peas in my flower bed)

This is the size of our flower bed.  Just a little garden bed outside our door.
 We have two of them.  
 It's really all I have time for right now.  We have acres of land but I just can't do it all.  
 

I have visions of a garden like Tasha Tudor, walking around barefoot with my Corgis and my goats....
and a Beatrix Potter life with my own Jemima Puddleduck and Tabitha Twitchett, 
and Patti Beck garden with her flowers and fun pottery type stuff.....(Hi Patti! she's the only one that reads my blog...well....actually.....never mind.)

But for now
  this is it..
 
and this.  
It's lettuce....in a pot. 
 It works.  

 
  No chemicals.
Why do I want you to grow one edible item this year?  
I actually say this every year, but here's the deal.
 I really do believe it's chemicals that are killing our bees.  Granted this winter was tough and killed a lot of bees.  But the more I read about these chemicals, and these genetically modified plants (GMO's) the more I believe it's the heart of the problem with our bees.
And us.
And our animals. 
 My Shug came home the other day from visiting a neighbor down the road.  The neighbor said both of his dogs died this winter from cancer in their mouth and nose.  I asked him if this neighbor had a perfect yard.  My Shug said, "yeah, why?"  I said, "Because I don't know of anyone that has a perfect yard that doesn't use chemicals.  And these companies tell you to not let animals or children walk in the yard after spraying."   That should scare you.  And if you don't think those chemicals are being sprayed on your food, think again.

So my thinking is this...the more we grow our own food, even a little at a time, the less chemicals we are using, spreading, and eating. 
Not to mention how much tastier the food is!
I know it's probably a pipe dream, but I'm asking.....
grown one edible item that isn't genetically modified, and don't use chemicals.
We gotta start somewhere right....let's start with bloggers.

 And use your farmer's market.  Ours is small, but there are several organic vendors there on Saturday mornings.


Lastly, does anyone know if this is a flower or a weed?  I want to pull it, but I'm wondering if it's something I planted last year!

Cindy Bee

8 comments:

  1. *Poke* I read your blog *poke*.
    We're growing several things this year...not as much as I'd like of course, but it's a start.

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  2. Hey there; I read you faithfully I just don't say much. Amen to no junk in my yard! A little horse-poop and and a hoe. I leave my clover and such in my grass to feed the bees so I am good that way ;) I "think" it is not a weed, let it flower and then you can tell for sure. Kind of hard to tell at this point. Have a great day...

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  3. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

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  4. I have never heard of TWO dogs, people, any animals, getting the same cancer and cancer of mouth and nose, scary. One dog would be bad but two, that's a whole 'nother ball game.

    I read your blog , and my husband ( the beekeeper) and I agree with you on the issues you wrote about . Thank-you !

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  5. Cindy, Okay, I'll try to grow another tomato....I'll let you know how that goes. I'd love to see Patty's gardens myself. xoxo,Susie

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  6. Well, I don't have space on my kitchen counter for more than a few pots of herbs, but they must count!! This is the downside of apartment living: I don't have any windowsills, no balcony ....but also no grass to mow (there had to be an upside!)

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  7. Water prices are going crazy in California . I never spray anything on my plants but I have a Meyer lemon tree that won't produce lemons I wonder what I am doing wrong?
    I do have lots of different mints I grow for tea . I too wish I was like Tasha !

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  8. Amen sister Cindy! let's grow food.

    cheers
    Fi

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Cindy Bee