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April, 2010 - Issue #107

A whole lot of gardening goin' on!

 

EASTER DINNER

We got together with neighbors Jeremy Jason and Haruka for dinner April 4th.  We took two pictures after dinner.  Check out the other photo by passing your cursor over this picture.

 

 

KALE ON A GRAND SCALE

 

Kale is quickly becoming one of our favorite vegetables because it is hardy all year round, packed with vitamins and easy to prepare.  We chop and sauté an onion, strip the kale leaf from the stem, chop it up and toss with the onion, then add some tamari or soy sauce and cover to steam, stirring occasionally until tender.  We often under-cook our greens and store them in the refrigerator so they are ready to reheat for another meal. 

 

SPOT'S AT IT AGAIN

 

Our yard art, Spot is a very outgoing fellow, welcoming our friends when they arrive at our home for the first time.  Shaine came for a short visit this month and Janice and Joe joined us for a potluck. 

 

OUR SPOT AFTER DARK

 

Holden gestures to Spot in some kind of alien language just after sundown on a potluck evening.  McGregor shares a few words with our happy mascot.

 

BRIAR CHAPEL 5K

 

Some folks shine at 7am and Tami is one of them. She picked Camille up at dawn on race day and drove out to Briar Chapel to set up a booth and take registrations.  The folks at Briar Chapel generously donated proceeds from the race to The Abundance Foundation.

 

CLYDEFEST

 

Later that day, Camille spent some time volunteering as the games coordinator at another annual fund raising event in Bynum.  Clydefest is organized by Chatham Arts.  Long time Chatham Arts patron, Efrain fixed a broken post around the fish bowl game.

 

IN NEED OF WEEDING

 

There are more than half a dozen flower beds in our new yard and they all need attention.  We found a columbine blooming in the bed on the left and irises in the bed on the right.  Stay tuned for "after" pictures as Camille gets around to cleaning up these beds.

 

CLOWNING AROUND

 

Abundance and Piedmont Biofuels supporter Nick poses with a beautiful head of lettuce he was given after helping out at Piedmont Biofarm.  The next day, at Shakori, David's white rimmed sunglasses caught my eye and as I snapped the picture, Holden got into the act.

 

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES

 

Or nine days, actually.  Besides harvesting the kale in the photo on the left, all of the vegetables nearly doubled in size and the red tips went into bloom.

 

It pays to start planting early as evidenced by the progress of our potatoes, carrots, onions, beets and peas.

 

INNOVATION

 

In addition to raised beds made from used cooking oil containers, Bob created a bed on the top of an old trampoline.  He intentionally made the lines that delineate the beds point north, south, east and west.  In this picture we are looking north west.

 

ART AND SCIENCE

 

Adam couldn't resist posing as the Vitruvian man by laying down in this metal ring that Lyle gave Bob to use in making yet another raised bed.  Carey joined us from across the street for potluck and soon began to suspect that Spot was full of hot air.

 

FORGET ME NOTS

Bob planted these happy little flowers a year ago at Oilseed and didn't forget to pot them up and bring them to our new home.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration." - Lou Erickfson

"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." - Hanna Rion

"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Ghandi

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