Showing posts with label Geraniums. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Geraniums. Show all posts

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring has sprung...(and an inspiring video)

seen last week:

My tomatoes have popped up:

Starting seeds is easy.  In the spring, I put a shelf unit in front of my back slider.  First to be planted are the tomatoes and the eggplant.  The only flowers I start this early are the moss roses.  The plastic covers are Costco spring mix lettuce boxes turned upside down.  Simple... 

When the plants are large enough, they will be moved to my upright cold frame hubby built for me using an old slider door and some free glass panels from our local window guy.

I also overwinter 4 or 5 different color geranium plants.   Geraniums root easily and those plants will produce about 50 or 75 additional plants for my garden and pots.  Notice the library books are overflowing their tote.

The greatest gift you can give your children is the stuff you teach them how to do.  My mom had me pulling weeds when I was barely in an upright and locked position.  She even convinced me it was fun (it is!)  In just a few months, we'll be eating strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, Roma beans, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, summer squash, and onions - all from our little garden.

My dad taught me how to caulk our storm windows, and now I'm the caulk queen of the household.  I can change washers in faucets, replace toilet innards, and cut in a perfect line when I paint the walls.  I do, however, manage to paint myself too.  Very messy!

The sun is shining, and I'll be outside trimming, spraying, and - pulling weeds.  Yay! 

Watch this inspiring video of a man who changes lives. 

Gardening Changes Lives

Just ask Ron Finley of South Central L.A.
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."
You have to actually visit to see the video...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Legislation and Flowers

More Stealth Bills

HR 1913

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Bill of 2009

*****Establishes discretionary grants that will, in effect, bring local law enforcement under the control of the federal government in the prosecution of hate crimes, defined as any crime "motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or Tribal hate crime laws."

*****Representative, Barney Frank, announced Thursday that the House Judiciary Committee will be considering hate crimes legislation, H.R. 1913, this coming week of April 20. Frank is expecting the committee to pass the bill which would leave it in the House to vote on later this spring, according to a news release issued by Barney Frank on his website last week.

*****This bill sets the stage for prosecuting and silencing pastors a
nd priests who dare to teach that homosexual acts are wrong. Don't think it can happen? It's happening right now in Canada and Sweden.

*****Well, just call me silly, but I though all crimes against persons were, on some level, based on hate.

Read entire bill ...

Hate Crimes Bill on Fast Track
by Karen Hall at Some Have Hats

Dobson Editing Radio Show to Avoid Hate Crimes

"Hate crimes" laws were defeated in Congress just a few months ago. Just a few weeks ago, Frank Wright of the National Religious Broadcasters Association warned, "We must be one in Christ to face the days ahead" because "hate crimes" laws would create untold new liability for Christians. read more

BBC bans "husband" and "wife"; Canada's hate-crime law

*****"Just as was predicted in these pages months ago, the acceptance of homosexual "marriage" is leading instantly to the prohibition of the words "husband" and "wife." According to Robert Bork writing in the current issue of First Things, the BBC has banned use of "husband" and "wife" because those terms privilege heterosexual couples over homosexual couples. So there you have it: the most basic natural and social concepts and realities--concepts and realities fundamental to all human societies from the beginning of time--are now seen as discriminatory and are forbidden." read more

Geranium Journey Update:

Look at all the wonderful little roots...

All nice and cozy in their new box. I used a Priority Mail box lined in plastic. Loaded it up with Miracle Grow Moisture Control soil and gave it just a sprinkle of water.

Next batch sitting in window under the watchful gaze of St. Francis. This time I remembered to label the containers (using window blind markers), so I would know if it was the variegated or solid color flower.

Six Hundred Posts

Yesterday's post was number 600. I don't know if that's good or bad, but it's a nice round number.