I think my life has temporarily managed to find a toe-hold. I would like to think that I've found a tiny moment of peace and quiet, but that has never been the case. Suffice it to say that I am still alive but had to relocate
back to SoCal where I was born and raised, partly due to finances and partly because I really didn't like the idea of Mom being all by herself. I now realized that I should have moved back to SoCal temporarily when my husband died, and I know I didn't want
Mom going through what I had gone through. So since Walnut Village cannot have people under a certain age (it has to do with government regulations, you know), I did find a room to rent for cheap and less than three miles away, so if Mom needed me in the middle
of the night, it's not a bad drive at all. In fact, I really had doubts I could have found some place this good with a very nice landlord for the price I pay per month (including wifi). So I drive to Mom's everyday, help around the house, work on projects
for her and myself. Since my landlord is allergic to cats, Miss Lena is now a permanent resident at Mom's place. (I've always suspected she's been trying to figure out to have Miss Lena here 100% of the time without really taking her away from me, so I guess
this is like the best of both worlds.)
So what have I been up to? Other than keeping Mom's front porch from looking like a permanent garage sale, I figured that if I transformed it into a container garden, I might be able to keep the porch from being condemned by
the administrators. And since the rules are: patio furniture and/or plants, then container gardening is fine as long as it does not block the pathway. Fine by me. So I have two long, shallow planters (think window planters) with various heirloom lettuce varieties,
shallots, garlic, clematis, honeysuckle, and trumpeters (the last three from the Audubon workshop website), and the clematis is now blooming! And to think I wasn't sure that it survived, but flowers means thriving to me.
Having lived in a few areas where the best gardening wasn't in the ground, I find container gardening to be far easier to do as I don't need a tiller or a ton of sheep manure (the best!) to have a productive garden. And considering
all the immigrants that formed this country, one of the few things that seemed to always have been brought to the USA have been seeds from the "Old Country". I've seen window sills turned into greenhouses. Stair steps lined with five-gallon buckets with tomatoes
and potatoes and even football-sized Korean radishes! Holey workshoes into herb gardens. Only your imagination can limit the possibilities.
A book I would urge anyone who is interested in container gardening is
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew.
Anything can be used as a container for gardening, even a Coke can:
I think everyone needs to contribute to their own food supply, and container gardening is the best way to start. I have been eating wonderful greens for the past two months, and everyone has been keeping an eye on what's growing.
Next, I'll be planting some bok choi and some other Korean veggies as I have a ton of seeds at hand. Maybe I'll get a chance to make my own kimchi, which, by the way, is showing massive promise as a very potent virus-killer, even H1N1, SARS, and even avian
flu. Not kidding.
PS: I'm having to resort to something else for photo inclusion as this is still a problem with Allrecipes website. Bear with me.