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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Paper, plastic, beef or veg

Very interesting environment blog post. Here it is part of the post with the link to the original.

"It’s not the bag. It’s what’s in the bag.
by Adam Stein

...The vertical axis is “embedded energy,” meaning the amount of energy required to produce and transport the associated goods. Embedded energy equates roughly to climate change impact.

As you can plainly see, the stuff in the bag matters a lot more than the bag itself. In fact, it matters about 186 times as much. The analysis compared “four servings of two different diets: the first, a meat-based diet that included beef, potatoes, tropical fruit, and drinks such as soda; the second a vegetable-based diet composed of produce grown within the country where is was consumed and a soy-based protein source.”
The moral, obviously, is not that we should waste bags. But if you’re looking to lower your environmental impact, paper vs. plastic is maybe not the only question to be pondering."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

One Day at a Time

Since we didn't get all of our garden planted over the weekend, I am determined to get it planted this week. So, with Phillip's help, he and I are plugging away at it one vegetable at a time. Yesterday it was Okra, and today bush beans. So we are getting there, one row, one vegetable at a time. We will see what tomorrow brings, the goal is to plan some more beans, kidney, pigeon pea, black beans, and also two Roma tomato plants that we bought.

Monday, April 7, 2008

More gardening

We have had so much rain lately. It is wonderful, we need the rain and hopefully it will help keep the drought away this summer when it is HOT. So I am in no way complaining about the rain, it just makes it really hard to get into my garden. I am so glad I too the time a couple of weeks ago to get up there and plant the things that needed to be planted, the greens and peas especially and they don't seem to fair well when it is too hot. I can see radishes and beets coming up, along with the peas, and greens. Onions are also doing really well.

So yesterday we had a stall in the rain for a bit, and it is supposed to be nice for the next couple of days, or so my dh tells me. I tend not to listen to the weather report and just look outside my window in the morning to see what it is doing. So we planted out tomatoes and peppers yesterday. Didn't do a whole lot in the garden as it is still pretty wet, but wanted to get these in the ground. You can see a few of our plants in the picture. We have had to make our own tomato cages here, the plants just get so huge and the tomatoes are so heavy that the store bought cages are crushed under the weight. But the ones we made our of wire mesh used for cement slabs and such seem to be holding out very well, and we reuse them year after year. I still have to plant some Roma tomatoes, we love those in bruschette and I want to try sun drying some this year.

So that is the garden update for today, if the weather holds out maybe I can get back up there this week for more planting.