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This Pink Siberian Tiger is putting on a show with its purple shoulders.

Wordless Wednesday: Trying to Feel Grounded Amid Inequality

As I write this, there’s a lot of unrest in our nation. There are helicopters overhead, sirens blaring here in Los Angeles. People are hurting, have been hurting for a long time. Amid peaceful protests, looting by opportunists, curfews, and Covid-19, it’s enough to make me pause. The garden offers a way to feel grounded, but not an excuse to ignore what’s going on around us.

I will use my privilege to speak up to support those who peacefully protest in order to be heard. In addressing racism in my daily life. It is overdue. Equality is not political. It is a human right. May these images sooth and inspire us all to take action in support of equality everywhere.

Pink Siberian Tiger
This Pink Siberian Tiger is putting on a show with its purple shoulders. Siberian and Russian-type tomatoes grow well in coastal area.
Chickens Wordless Wednesday
Olive (left), Sylvia (middle) and Annabelle (right) hang out in the chicken run. Sometimes they are Mean Girls to each other, but they work it out between them.
Celeriac is ready to pick. It grows best in the fall/winter for spring harvest. We’ll make celeriac soup.
Sweet corn
Sweet corn planted biointensively (with green onions from last season). We’re hand picking army worms off every few days.
Asparagus wordless wednesday
Asparagus is filling in. We’re watering regularly and feeding monthly. Next year we’ll be able to pick a few spears. In the third year, we can harvest the whole bed.
Pineapple growing
We’re experimenting with growing pineapple from a cutting. This is one of three, planted with 3 different techniques. Stay tuned for results…in about 2 years.
Little Potato cucumber
Little Potato Cucumber is the first to set fruit on the trellis. A new variety for us. We’ll see how it goes.
Squash wordless wednesday
Mittens oversees the squash bed as it sprawls out of bounds. Cilantro bolts to seed nearby to attract beneficial insects.
Royalty Purple Pod beans
Royalty Purple Pod beans start with purple flowers. They are all setting fruit now.
Mutant squash
One of our Ronde de Nice squashes is a twin! Mutants are welcome in our garden. They’ll still taste good.
I can...
I spotted this on my walk to my community garden earlier this week. I will not assume the privilege I enjoy because I am white is something that everyone has. I will use my voice to speak up against racism. I invite you to join me.

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  1. Jon Wren

    Please unsubscribe me. I signed up to learn about gardening. If I want a political lecture, I will turn on the television. As a proud Progressive, I espouse the proper time and place to discuss my politics. A gardening website should be an escape from the B.S., not a forum for it. We garden to ESCAPE the madness of the world.
    I now wish to escape from your website.

    1. Christy

      Thanks for sharing your feedback, Jon. We’ll unsubscribe you. That said, it is important to distinguish that racism is not a political issue. It is a human rights issue. And in discussing it with my fellow garden writer colleagues across the country, we all felt it was important to write about the current state of affairs worldwide instead of posting yet another photo of a flower because racism is, in fact, not political. I also talk about environmental issues, which is the foundation of my love of gardening. Climate change is also skewed as political, when in fact, it is not. Neither racism, nor climate change choose a political party. I find it sad that some parties have chosen to associate or disassociate themselves with these non-political issues when they affect us all regardless of party affiliation. I agree with you that the garden is a sanctuary or escape from every day life, and I certainly have used it to escape from the stresses around me, including the global pandemic. But in this time we must take a hard look at the world around us in order to create one that is equitable for all humankind.

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