Thursday, June 26, 2008

How does my garden grow?



My potato trench with the stockpile of winter wood in the background.


Gee, I get depressed reading this today from the WaHoPo. Seems like the Central Intelligence Agency (BTW, I count 3 oxymorons in that last!) is getting alarmed about Climate Change as it can threaten the U.S. military installations around the world with the projected marauding hordes of starving populations, particularly in Africa.

Climate change will also affect immigration security, etc., for the U.S.

Is this what it takes to start waking everyone up?

And, as always, it all goes back to I can only take care of my own little section of the planet and here it is again:

And a closeup of my potatoes - organic, fertilized with seaweed off the shore in front of the house. I can't recall when I've last been this damn proud.

13 comments:

  1. You must be really chuffed about your potato crop. I hope they're really tasty when you dig them up.

    Well as usual, the USA got there first with the latest excuse for being nasty to immigrants. What a lovely scary image, starving marauders on the rampage. And I bet plenty of people will take it seriously.

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  2. I think we were visiting each other simultaneously, Nick!
    I'm only over the moon about the spuds. They feel like housepets!
    XO
    WWW

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  3. Trust 'em to worry about their killing machines first and foremost! Never mind the human critters - they are expendable.

    Good work on your potato trench, WWW! I'm impressed. I can't manage to grow much at all here. I planted 6 lavender bushes last year and only one survived, for a few months, something ate the roots of all the others within weeks.
    We're close to open country (as you are by the look of it) and the critters consider our back yard their home - and their diner(quite rightly).

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  4. i'm so impressed! all i'm managing is one tomato plant.

    but a potato trench--your irish ancestors are all smacking their lips at the thought of your future meals.

    well done.

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  5. T:
    I'm such a suck for lavender. Haven't planted it here yet. My daughter mailed me some chocolate mint in a bubble pack and it seems to be thriving. Actually all that open country is my land. I've been blessed with 7-1/2 acres here. Hell to keep on top of, but the woodlot is thriving!
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    Laurie:
    My granda would be very proud. Of course there is a long way between the green leaves and the baked on the barbie. Fingers crossed!
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    XO
    WWW

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  6. T:
    I'm such a suck for lavender. Haven't planted it here yet. My daughter mailed me some chocolate mint in a bubble pack and it seems to be thriving. Actually all that open country is my land. I've been blessed with 7-1/2 acres here. Hell to keep on top of, but the woodlot is thriving!
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    Laurie:
    My granda would be very proud. Of course there is a long way between the green leaves and the baked on the barbie. Fingers crossed!
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    XO
    WWW

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  7. We had a potato patch when I was a kid and we had such a good time finding the potatoes in the soil and getting our hands dirty. It was a satisfying job and the potatoes tasted great. We Dutch are as great a potato eaters as you Irish are. Boiled especially and everybody has their preference as to how they should taste and crumble when cooked.

    I am ignoring the CIA issue, because Americans irritate me and I don't want to discuss them.

    I would much rather think of you and your potato patch and getting down on your knees getting the harvest out and cooking up a nice batch of potatoes. Mmm, I can taste them now...

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  8. It's like our WWII British 'Dig For Victory' campaign all over again WWW. Well done on doing your bit.

    Not such a bad idea to go global with such a campaign actually.

    Take people's minds off fighting too.

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  9. Irene:
    Yes, I'm trying to think more 'local' and not pay too much attention to the global disaster, but we are all affected by it, all connected.
    The old Irish way of cooking the spuds is to boil them in seawater and drown them in mint and butter.
    A veritable banquet!
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    Laura:
    we should all have a trench, I agree. Shepherding our own resources keeps us very busy. good use of our own energy!
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    XO
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  10. For a moment there I thought you'd seen off GWB, but now I can tell its just a potato patch. Am I right to feel disappointed?

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  11. RJA:
    I checked, and the fertilizer he would have generated would have poisoned the potatoes!
    Sorry about the disappointment.
    XO
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  12. YEAH for potatoes (even if they are a nightshade which is VERY irritating to our digestive systems ;)

    I had meself a small plate of rasberries this morning out of my own 1700 sq ft homestead.

    You've got lots of room for berry bushes eh?

    xo

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  13. Orla:
    Berry bushes are on the list, though I must say here we have 3 kinds of berry free for the taking from the barrens and woodlands and bush.
    Everyone has their own private spot and I am busy building a Gitmo so I can torture out their secret places!!
    XO
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