"Civilization is a social order promoting cultural creation. Four elements constitute it: economic provision, political organization, moral traditions and the pursuit of knowledge and the arts. It begins where chaos and insecurity end. For when fear is overcome, curiosity and constructiveness are free and man passes by natural impusle toward the understanding and embellishment of life." - Will Durant, The History of Civilization, Volume 1, Chapter 1, page 1.
(and this is typical of what I read in my spare time. Could I be more boring?)
Mr. Durant says the earliest economic provision is agriculture. It's at the start of all civilization, and without agriculture, there is no civilization. Ergo, I'm promoting civilization in my own back yard. (You knew this had to tie in somehow, right?)
We finally got some sunshine Saturday, and the lawn service arrived Saturday for the first time in 2 weeks. Half a day's sunshine each Sunday and Monday, and we finally have some garden progress!
My Simpson Black Seeded lettuce looks great. Soon there should be enough for more than one salad for the whole tribe, right? The plant in the second square up is arugula, planted 2 weeks ago, as is the fourth square up, squeezed in at the top, and the third one up is a sugar snap pea.
The carrots look good, or, rather, the greens do. I'll know how good they actually look in mid-July. I might even have enough for a batch of glazed carrots.
Spinach, 2 weeks after planting. Last week, it looked like grass. This week, the little round leaflets have grown on the plants. I love spinach.
And the radish greens! The boys pulled one up, and they are long skinny roots with lots of greenery. What's up with that?
Some of my plants didn't come up, probably hindered or killed by the 4 weeks of cold rain we had. So, taking a page out of Dog's book, I took an egg flat and planted replacements: 16 carrots, 1 cucumber, 2 yellow squash, and one each pink tomato, cherry tomato, beefsteak tomato and sasha tomato. The sasha tomato hasn't come up yet; what is it doing? I'm getting ready to declare that entire breed of tomatoes to be worthless dunderheads! Actually, I'm pleased with the rest of the plants, since I only started them 8 days ago.
So, that's the garden news from my little corner of the world. How are all of your corners faring?