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Seedling update…

This evening I transplanted some of the stronger tomato seedlings into bigger containers. This will give their roots a little more room and allow them to grow a little taller since they still have about a month before they go outside.

I also sowed some Arugula and Red Romaine lettuce seeds.

Here are some updated pics…


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Seedling pics

Here are some pictures of the seedlings. My tray is on the left, the seedlings are now 2 weeks old. Karen and Laura’s tray is on the right, their seedlings are now 9 days old.


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Just thought I would post an article about the White House veggie garden, this is so exciting…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/michelle-obama-gardens-wi_n_185287.html

I also wanted to take time to comment on the book I am currently reading ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ by Michael Pollan. I am about half way through this great eye opening book and it is amazing to me the stuff that happens with the agriculture industry. They do all they can to produce as much shitty corn as possible, then process it a million times over and add it to the food supply. It is no wonder 1 in 5 children are now obese in the country. In a recent Ohio State-Temple study 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese. Here is the story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/06/child-obesity-study-one-i_n_183790.html

I really appreciate what President and Michelle Obama have done to introduce the country to gardening but I think they are going to have to do more. Agribusiness has to be reformed or else we are going to get more stories like this (from the NY Times today):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/health/policy/10food.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

To make things even more interesting, big agribussiness like Monsanto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto) is trying to buy up all heirloom seed companies and make that industry obsolete. Now this is just my opinion but this article seems to point out what is going on…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-trueman/fedco-seeds-the-david-to_b_178581.html

Also there is a documentary that will be out this summer called Food, Inc. here is the trailer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqQVll-MP3I

Finally for any who read this blog, please sign the following petitions, Thank you…

http://fooddeclaration.org/
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monfax.cfm

I promise not to ‘preach’ any more, until next time…

Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupations is exhilarating and life-giving.

– Mohandas K. Gandhi

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The first seedlings

After one week the first seedlings have started to sprout (see pictures below). The tomatoes seem to be doing the best so far, although the peppers usually take 10-14 days to germinate. Hopefully, we will see some pepper seedlings in the next blog post…



To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

~Mohandas K. Gandhi

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