Saturday, May 31, 2008

Green House Pictures

Here's some pictures I was going to include in the last post but, couldn't get the Blogger picture thing to work for me the other day. These pictures are over a week old. We've made more progress by now with more beds filled and planted.

In the picture below, friends of our family are helping us with alot of the bull work of mixing compost, top soil, peat moss and vermiculite. It's sort of the mix that the guy from the Square Foot Gardening book uses. I have reservations about using the vermiculite. I've heard of health concerns with it as far as breathing the dust. We've never done a mix like this in the past so I'm wondering if it is going to work. I'm actually kind of sceptical about it. If it was just up to me I think I'd just stick with the top soil. We have a very large pile of it from when my dad built his pole building. They scraped off the top soil and put it in a pile a number of years ago. We have really good top soil here and stuff grows very well in it so really I don't think we need to add amendments to it other than compost. But since we're trying this mix, we'll see.

In this next picture you can see some of the plants they put in that same day. Our friends Christine and Diane started plants for us at their houses. This is a group effort. Like I said the other day it wouldn't be near as fun going it alone. It's one thing to grow food for yourself it's another thing entirely to grow it for dozens of families.

I've been looking to a number of sources for information about fuel prices, the economy and so forth. It's not looking good folks. The professionals give us their spiels. It seems everyone has an opinion. It all seems pretty lame. Are we in a recession or are we not? I think all we have to do is look at the evidence and stop listening to all the baloney coming out of the mainstream media and the politicians. Look at the fuel prices! Look at the prices of food. And how about those "stimulus checks"? Yeah that'll help the economy.

Here's a funny thing our cousin Jerry sent us in an email concerning the stimulus checks.

How to use Your IRS Rebate check.......

As you may have heard, each of us will be getting a tax rebate
to stimulate the economy.

If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to
If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs. If we purchase
computer it will go to India. If we purchase fruits and vegetables
will go to Honduras and Guatemala. If we purchase a good car it
go to Japan. If we purchase useless stuff it will go to Taiwan and none
it will help the American economy.

We need to keep that money here in America. The only way to keep
money here at home is to spend it at

Yard Sales , since those are the only businesses left owned
by Americans !!
Well, I thought it was kind of funny.
I read about a proposal a fellow was suggesting about how to fight back against the price gouging of oil companies. He said we all should cut our fuel consumption by 50% and that would put the hurt on the oil companies and they'd have to reconsider their prices. And he had many helpful tips on how to cut your fuel consumption by that much. The way I see it, 50% wouldn't do it. Aren't the fuel prices up about 4 times what they used to be? We'd have to cut our consumption by more than three fourths to have any effect on them. To really make them feel it like they're making us feel it.

In my opinion America is coming under Gods judgment. I think it's been coming for a long time, but we can really see it now. People have turned their backs on God. They've made their choice so He's handing them over to depravity and strong delusion. The rulings coming out of the judicial system are ludicrous. Insanity is prevailing. Evil is called good and good is called evil.

Seems to me the writing has been on the wall for a while and now. The way I see it the only thing that would stem the coming tide would be for a mass repentance. But, I'm afraid everyone are too anesthetized with self indulgence to turn it around. I think it's time for all true believers to get serious about their faith and batten down the hatches.

Now is the time to make preparations even if a little late. Instead of being completely dependant on buying all your food in grocery stores why not plant a small intensive garden? If you don't have the space plant in containers. I see container gardens quite alot when I'm out and about. If you absolutely are not inclined to plant anything or just cannot, due to lifestyle, physical limitations or commitments, then seek out a local farmer and support them with your dollars instead of sending it off to some multinational corporation. Or pay a neighbor to raise a little extra for you.

Even here out in the country there aren't many people who raise their own food. There's alot of hunters. At least there is that. But, if there is a major crisis in our economy, even in the country, I believe that wild game would become scarce with all those hungry hunters. Lakes and streams might even get fished out. So I wish alot more people would start raising their own food. Even a small potato patch would at least put something solid in your stomach though not very nutritional.

At least with the rising food prices more people will be considering putting in a garden. I wish every home in America had a garden in the backyard. Or even front yard for that matter.

Until Next Time


Blogger Caroline said...

I have been bicycling a lot more whenever possible. I also have a good sized garden that's getting a slow start, but a good start nevertheless. The big difference I noticed lately was when ordering broiler chicks. I ordered a couple of months ago, only to find out that my feed store couldn't get my chicks on time. I called around to all the hatcheries I could locate and managed to find my chicks, but most hatcheries are selling out weeks in advance.

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RL, that greenhouse is looking magnificent! Well done!

In relation to your thoughts about where we are headed, I have posted quite a bit about it on my blog, with references if you are interested.


8:09 AM  
Blogger RL said...

That's great! Slow start's better than no start.

We found the same thing when we went to order our chicks. We had to wait a couple weeks, when normally it's only a day or two.

That brought us to the conclusion that we should start producing our own birds too.

We have ducks and geese that are setting right now and I'm pretty sure there's some chicken eggs under them as well.

Thanks for the comment.

I’ll be checking out your blog.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Brock Eastman said...


Great post today. I have been considering more and more growing our own vegetables- even though I am not much of a veggie eater. I should probably start eating more salads.... your greenhouse was inspiring.

Anyways the part about where the money goes is so right. If people go to best buy and purchase a flat screen tv- China, and no one really wants to buy GM vehicles any more- except for their trucks which use too much gas, so they buy a honda and get 40MPG vs. 14MPG in a Tahoe.

2:37 AM  
Blogger RL said...

Thanks Brock.

I've always been a meat and potatoes kind of guy but, I learned to eat lots of vegetables a couple years before we moved to WI. A nutrition doctor recommended cutting out wheat and bread and stuff and told me to try eating mostly vegetables with a little bit of meat. I did that for awhile and felt better than I had in a long time. So I acquired a taste for vegetables. I especially like green beans and carrots. When I was a kid I learned to eat green beans by dunking them in ketchup. Hmm, yum.

Yeah, about that stimulus check thing. I can’t see that helping our economy at all. Someone said that it was like trying to put out a house fire with a squirt gun. I agree.

Later, Russ

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