02 February 2010

because it is an el niño year the weather has been mild this winter, so much so that this is the warmest january on record, on par with a regular march. my herbs from last summer survived the winter and as i was outside walking with the cat, contemplating this, i decided to try planting some seeds. i was just going to do parsley, basil and dill inside, but there was arugula and chevril so i got them to, a package of violas for 99 cents and purple coneflowers because i want a whole lot of them. also lupins, but those are for another day.

then i came home with my special starting soil, planted two small rows of carrots outside next to the chard which is making a return appearance, and found some radish and beet seeds that i might do something with tomorrow. it's kind of cold out tonight. i think these are things that tolerate cold reasonably well, there are often sowings into the autumn, though there are probably less than optimal hours of sunlight available. if it works i'll have found a way to eek out a little extra growing space in my smallish garden plot.


Mad Bird said...

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And I suppose there's good & bad in any system, insurance included. This situation now would be benefitted by healthcare as Australia, Canada, England, etc. have it. Also, some situations with my baby sister have been such that it was easier and better for us to have a privately contracted insurance company rather than a national one. But it is SO frustrating how insurance is just another job, another business. And how important it is.

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