Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Girls Night Out

The weatherman was wrong, and we did not have storms last night or this morning.  It was a pretty day to work outside.  Travis and I worked on the strawberry bed today.   I got it all cleared out and put mineral supplement on it.  Then Travis gave it some fertilizer.  Then we put on compost and mulch.  It's should be all ready for new strawberry plants.  There are already a few strawberry plants in this bed from a couple of  years ago.  Removing the red pump water feature from this bed was the hardest thing.  It had pea gravel in it that made it too heavy to lift.  So I scooped out the gravel a little at a time.
Travis fertilizing the strawberries.

I put some more compost and mulch around one of the apple trees that got short-changed the first time around.  The apricot tree is blooming so pretty.

I listed a silver cup trophy and a set of Pearl S. Buck books on Ebay.  I listed the set of books on Abe Books, also.

Lunch Menu
Green Smoothies
Mango, Grapefruit with honey
Pear, Honeydew
Goody Balls

Tonight was ladies night out.  I met my friends Linda and Debbie to see a movie.  We saw the Reese Witherspoon movie, This Means War.  I paid $17.00 for a bucket of popcorn, but it only costs $3.50 to refill it twice per movie for the rest of 2012.  We all three shared the popcorn, and there was some left to take home to Travis.  And I didn't even refill it.  We went to dinner at Olive Garden after the movie.  It was a good time.  We plan to go out again next week.
Debbie, Janis and Linda

Dinner Menu
Movie Popcorn
Salad at Olive Garden
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup at Olive Garden

The Chinese have grown food by closely spacing plants for thousands of years without depleting their resources.  They could grow all the food for one person on about 7200 square feet including animal products.  Those concepts are gaining in acceptance here the the USA now.  It is exciting.

A complete year's diet for one person can be raised on 3400 square feet.  It takes commercial farmers between 15,000-30,000 square feet to do the same thing.  Besides that, commercial farming depletes the soil so that large amounts of nutrients have to be brought in from outside the farm depleting other soils....robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Sustainable agriculture will produce high yields while improving the soil and with few outside inputs.  The goal is to feed yourself and feed the soil at the same time.

To health and happiness.

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