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Phase one of having access to water on the land… Flop.

We’re digging the already existent water mine deeper and broader. This mine serves us well during the wet season, except… In dry years. Like the current. Because it’s March, the “wet season” just ended and the water mine is purely and pristinely empty. Dry. Draught. * caugh caugh* climate change

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So here we are now, with a massive crater four times bigger than the orginal water mine, with piles of tons of earth to do something with and more stone walls to build to contain… Well… this, with no water, not even the remaining few hundred liters that were left inside which I was using for watering the garden, and a broken heart (the wallet is complainig too).

Not sure what to do with the garden at the moment, which I was really excited about for this year.

I guess we’ll jump on to plan B soon.

The garden in March

March has came (and almost gone by now) and the garden is waking up from its winter slumber.

Spring’s warmth is upon us, a bit earlier than expected. After a very dry winter, Spring hasn’t yet started making up for it and we are eagerly waiting for the first showers. Feels crazy to water the garden so early in the year, but really there is no other choice - besides watering and hoping for a wet Spring, like last year’s.
Thank goodness global warming is just an oax, or I’d start getting worried.


Here’s a little update of what’s been going on among soil and seeds, and water cans.

Sowing & planting:

  • Zucchinis, Golden Zucchinnis and Patty Pans

  • Cucumbers (a special variety for pickling)

  • Beneficial flowers, such as borage, calendula, foxgloves, holly hock, poppies, nasturtium, equinacea, cosmos

  • Extra Dwarf Pak Choi

  • Mustard

  • Spinach

  • Different varieties of tomato (a local variety, Green Zebra, Orange, Black Cherry, Brad’s Atomic Grape, Purple Bumblebee)

  • Orange Bell Peppers

  • Climbing beans ( loval variety and Chinese Red Noodle)

  • Red Okra

  • Purple Physalis

  • Radishes

  • Carrots

  • Beetrots

  • Artichoke

  • Cardoons

    probably more things which I’m forgetting!

Harvesting:

  • Pea pods

  • Chicory and winter lettuce

  • MIner’s lettuce

  • Edible flowers such as calendula and pansies

  • Mizuna

  • Sprouting brassicas

  • Tiny leeks

    mostly salads, as you can see…

Soon we will start harvesting broad beans and carrots, hopefully!

I’m keeping the garden humble this year - if we run out of water again, as we usually do in the peak of summer, it will be less heartbreaking. I also tried hard to start my seeds early in the year (or as early as thin-plastic sheet covered seed trays allow, which is mid February), so they enjoy as much humidity as possible before watering season starts (kind of flop because it’s not raining)…

But all in all, all is good. And we’re looking to have our water situation sorted out this Spring, but I don’t want to jynx it so I’ll keep a secret until it’s done and certain :)

Happy Spring, everyone!

How are your gardens doing?

Lead

Here is a story
to break your heart.
Are you willing?
This winter
the loons came to our harbor
and died, one by one,
of nothing we could see.
A friend told me
of one on the shore
that lifted its head and opened
the elegant beak and cried out
in the long, sweet savoring of its life
which, if you have heard it,
you know is a sacred thing,
and for which, if you have not heard it,
you had better hurry to where
they still sing.
And, believe me, tell no one
just where that is.
The next morning
this loon, speckled
and iridescente and with a plan
to fly home
to some hidden lake,
was dead on the shore.
I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that I break open and never close again
to the rest of the world.

Mary Oliver (in New Poems, 2004 - 2005)

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(not so) little updates

Happy New (Gregorian) Year, everyone!
Full of joy, creativity, some mess, much magic and well, health!

I also hope 2019 will be the year I take my resolution of blogging more often seriously.
Well, I promise I’ll try. Truth is I cherish this small small space way more than I do Instagram and wouldn’t it be nice if we all gathered once more around blogs and became once again active in actually typeing addresses to read new posts? Instead of focusing so much on the “insta”, giving attention to the things that take time to accomplish and appear online, respecting each one’s individual time and, likewise, focusing on things that take actual minutes to read through, and on the poetic ways images, in the plural, can pair up with words.

Beautiful words these are, but I’m still far from it.

Anyway, while pondering in all of this, here are some of the things that have been going on recently, meaning, since I last posted (because 2 months and a half, in internet time, is probably the equivalent to 3 years).

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Reading The Lord of the Rings in the early hours of the day. Which I should have done, mmm, 15 years ago?
It’s funny because, as I grew up, the Harry Potter books were coming out. So I totally grew up with Harry (well, it was Hermione for me, my all time heroin). And maybe because The Lord of the Rings movies were released as Harry Potter’s were, I kind of associated the two. And I believed, goodness knows why, that there were two kinds of people in the world: Harry Potter fans and LoTR fans. Which don’t mix, so you’re either one or the other. Period. Cleary, I was on Harry’s side - believe me, back in my university times, I was part of a political/LGBTIQ activism group cleverly called Dumbledore’s Army.

Anyway, I just debunked the myth I made myself. And I’m glad I finally did it.

On another note, the house, my friends, the house!

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Many buckets of lime, sand and water later, the house is standing strong. The window is in (even though not in these pictures yet), and the next steps are the wooden floor (which we’re ordering tomorrow!) and building the door. And I don’t want to jinx myself, but I have this tingly feeling this may be the month we move in. This may be it.

Also woking with stone again, for more retention walls. Folks, I guess that caravan isn’t going anywhere now! But there’s a plan for it :)

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That’s it for today. The night is growing late, the air is growing cold, the fire on the stove has gone out for a while and the bed is calling me. Tomorrow shall be another frosty morning that turns in to a sunny afternoon.

Stay warm & bright!

Love,
Cat x