Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Veggie Islands

Deep in the mountains, surrounded by sand and water... right on my kitchen counter the veggie islands formed during the bleak winter snow storm. Nope, this is not a recipe - but for sure I am playing with my food. Have ya ever noticed how alot of veggies continue to grow in the dark cold of the fridge? The tops of carrots, radishes and a celery root were growing in mine - I took a ceramic dish, added sand and water to it and stuck the growing tops in (with some other seeds i wanted to watch sprout). Growing the tops (and bottoms) of veggies is a good way to collect more organic greens and seeds for later eating & planting! My veggie island is purely experimental, to keep something growing inside for fun while the cold consumes outside in it's blanket of ice. Eventually they will need to be transferred to some soil. Have you ever tried this gardening trick?
I also wanted to share my bike riding adventure this morning to collect chestnuts, but it turned into a freezing hell ride as the snow pelted my eyeballs, wind cut into my ears and the chestnut tree was completely taken for all it's nuts already! I was terribly defeated and exhausted after lugging my bike back up the road, so all I had energy left to do was create veggie island.

XoXo

16 comments:

linda said...

winter should only be allowed between christmas and new year's

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

Linda! LOL
I seriously would not mind winter is it only lasted 2 months like the rest of them - why does the hardest one to deal with last the longest it seems!?!
Hopefully my brain does not become a vegetable island inside my head. I think I need to get some scrap fabric and make some winter weather clothes. Have you been able to find any that work for you? I find winter clothing to be rather hard to buy organic because of the price is VERY high.

linda said...

There are some supposedly totally chemical free clothes available but like you said they are very EXPENSIVE, and I can't get anyone at Canada Post to guarantee they'll deliver here or refund the $ for the stuff they haven't delivered.
So, while the cold weather is at last going to kill off the mold outside, I am forced to sit here shivering.
I need to find a tropical island where clothing and housing aren't required and where I can grow lots of veggies.

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

! Wanna come live on my veggie island? The celery root is a great tract of land that should be increasing in value over the next few weeks. ;)

linda said...

But is it warm enough that I won't need any clothes?

Gretta said...

We need to crochet/knit you a snuggie.

Mokihana and Pete said...

i love your veggie islands. We drove and drove north to visit with a dear friend, she's trading us a composting toilet for the vardo for some fix-it-work. Winter is tough for a Hawaiian as it is for Cajun genes. What helped today is how CLEAR THE AIR was and CRISP so my brain cells were happen even though my skin was saying 'YOWZAH'...

it's great to read the winter hobbit (that would be hobbies for hobbits!) ideas. I have to miniaturize projects to be vardo size; wish lists though and dream strings (i'm makin' this up) with bits of this and thats like prayer beads that I can manage inside our teeny space.

thanks for the inspiration for winter hobbies for hobbits.
M.

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

Gretta LOL -Bort uses his real snuggie too often, and i have to say it makes a person look either like a wizard, pagan overlord or possibly a blue belt in the KKK.

Mokihana -
The winter does always seem ultra clean - everything nasty must freeze into place. I love thinking about you making tiny projects in your tiny house! It sounds like the start to a good fairy tale.

Mokihana and Pete said...

indeed it does begin to unfurl a tale of tiny doings...gleeful and nasty...hee,hee
Mokihana

linda said...

I would LOVE to find something completely chemical free to crochet a snuggy from/with. Anyone know of any wool that is only water washed and not chemically treated or soap washed?

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

Linda- i wonder is one of the local wool spinners here can do a batch special for you, i made a wool scarf for myself with locally bought undyed wool.
I know at the farmers markets here, alot of people make their own yard from LLama, sheep or alpaca wool...??? Maybe we could brainstorm on this one!

linda said...

Last year my local organic woolery from the farmer's market sold me wool that was so fragranced it ruined my bucket when I tried to wash it before using. I emailed a number of places asking what they used and no-one responded.

Brainstorming re suitable islands might be easier, lol.

But, if you can ask around and find someone who doesn't do anything more than clean it with brushes (or whatever they call'em) and water, that would be awesome!

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

Linda- I will ask around, and search online. I was thinking too, if dyes bother you it would be awesome to get some alpaca wool or other wool that naturally grew a color on the sheep (brown, gray or black). That way not only could you have wool, but you could get creative with it too! ;)
I dont know why people put scented yuck into natural products like local wool :(... but someone somewhere doesnt and we will find them.

Anonymous said...

BTW....a lot is correct, not alot

Leslie wears organic clothing and plays in dirt said...

Hey Anonymous -
You is one picky peep. I know Blogger spell check tells me every time, but i consistently use 'alot' anyway. HA - guess my Louisiana education freed me from the demons of grammar & spelling snob-ism. :)

Anonymous said...

FYI - http://dogberrypatch.com/archives/allot-vs-alot-vs-a-lot-spelling/