March 1–It’s Spring (In 30 Days or So)

I keep seeing FB ads about climate change that speak about having the warmest spring ever and they make me cross! Because I’m looking at a butt-load of snow still. Because 39 degrees in the day ain’t my idea of warm. And I know climate change isn’t good…anymore than eating a ton of chocolate or getting into a tanning bed is good but it SOUNDS SO NICE RIGHT NOW! Argh.

Anyhoo, spring will eventually come to the Northwest, I hope. (Since climate change means hotter summers but colder winters. Ugh.) When it does, I want to plant some seeds. But not just any seeds.

Non-GMO, heirloom seeds. Yeah. And no lawns. Lawns are bad. Xeroscaping and native plants are good.

Rock Quarries, Canadian-Style

book coverWhen I was cycling down the Canadian/American coast with friends J. and G. some years back, we visited the Buchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. They are an amazing, verdant space that used to be a rock quarry. While there, I bought a book called Roses Love Garlic in the bookstore (of course) and learned about companion planting. And how you can plant marigolds on the border of your tomatoes to repel insects, instead of using poison that seeps into the soil and water and back into your food!

Don’t know how to keep Monsanto out of your garden? Here’s a helpful article:

A Word About Tomatoes

tomatoes from ItalyIt seems that tomatoes are widely known (today) for their outstanding antioxidant content, including, of course, their oftentimes-rich concentration of lycopene. Researchers have recently found an important connection between lycopene, its antioxidant properties, and bone health. Just don’t eat tomatoes off lead plates like they did in medieval times, or you too will think they are poisonous.

Anyway, my Mom at one time was consuming a lot of them for the above reasons, but they weren’t helping. Guess what? American tomatoes, we read, have had just about all the lycopene bred out of them by GMOs. Compared to tomatoes from Italy, which haven’t been monkeyed with, they’re a literally pale imitation. I don’t remember where we read this information, but you can do your own research. Just a thought. I do know for sure that Europeans in general are much more wary than most Americans about “Frankenfoods.” And so are their laws.