Exploring the Human Condition: altered states of consciousness

It was a Good Day Today

I wish I could build a big dome.  One that would cover about one and one-half acres. I think that would be just about the right height in the center.  I would first build a prototype, and then look for investors.  This lends itself to so many other fields, like climate control, laying down the proper foundations, actually the plan could be modified at any time to add on another dome, like they have proposed for the first colony on Mars.  I’m pretty sure they already make these panels, and if they work on Mars, maybe they work here as well.  And if they are already working with greenspaces, (greenhouses in space), then certainly we can engineer simple models for our own use right now.  Truly, and we should all get this, seeds are as important a key to our survival as the air we breathe!  You can do everything on Earth right as a gardener, and if you aren’t working with good seeds, it won’t matter.  

In the greenhouse, temperature is everything.  More than anything throughout the summer growing season, shade from brutal rays is key, and of course maintaining something up to 15 degrees under 85 degrees F as much as possible. Clearly, plants are very particular about their temperatures.  By shading the plants, it will help cool the ground temps some, but other interventions should be used as well, like fans, ventilation, cultivating the soil around plants.  I am going to get some stick thermometers soon to use in testing the soils inside the greenhouse so I can learn. It will be trial and error but I’m much more attuned to solving problems before they get out of hand!  It’s a knowing thing!

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Well, the lovely big tomato seeds I tried last year have failed again this year, so they’re toast! That’s not bad odds when you consider it.  What’s next, now?  Will go back to my seed stash and see what I feel like tackling now!  These herbs seem to be the most delicate of little things.  If you are going to be a gardener, you better get ready to embrace your tiny self!  Miniature is the deal!  You learn to breathe deeper, move slower, and exhale after you’re done!  haha

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I think I’ll try that Aussie tomato I have.  I want to make some pots all ready to sprout two or three of them, so I can easily divide them later.  You leave the best one in the pot where she grows.  

I have some basil to plant.  I think I will concentrate on that for a bit.  It seems hardier than others to me, and perhaps it will be okay in the last days of freezing winter still ahead.  Normally, I would be confused by all this, but no more!  Texas weather is always changing.  This is the good part. Once things stabilize, it is most likely mid-summer heat like no other.  You have to be ready for that part and protect all your plants!  And that’s when grasshoppers start hopping out from every place! The plan this year is to have a little chicken army.  We have little to report on that front at this time, as plans have changed on location and design…  

So far, I need to decide where to put the pea patch and also start lighting the fire under the head chicken guy around here and see if I can motivate him.  May is the month that baby chicks come on sale at the feed stores, so that’s the deadline I’m looking at!  All part of the mini-eco-system I’m trying to build here…  

I played in the compost pile today.  Felt like being a magician.  You put scraps over here, and then you can dig up beautiful fluffy dark soil.  The fragrant scent of good earth will boost your spirits and let’s you know, you’re on the right track!  Jim says there’s some worms in there, but I didn’t see any today.  I can tell we need some rain again, or I’ll be out there in the morning watering the compost pile.  Worms are important.  A very passionate gardener I just watched said that if you don’t have lots of worms, your garden is not very healthy!  

I was disappointed yesterday when I read that planting a seed from a grocery store orange will definitely not give you a plant bearing the same fruit.  (Funny, how they do that, right?)  Well, I should have known.  They said the fruit is likely to be much more tart, perhaps not as good.  I’ll go ahead and grow them, because it’s all I have for citrus right now, but I’ll wait until I can get a graft plant at the garden shop next time!  This is how you learn.

My onion is certainly the most healthy thing growing right now!  It was growing from a piece thrown into the compost, retrieved, cleaned and re-planted in a medium sized pot. The green shoots are growing fat and very healthy, robust and tall! They’d be good in a salad! I’ve never grown onions before.  

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Nothing new on the aloe vera front.  We’ve already used more than is left growing. It is awaiting a re-plant into a much wider pot, doesn’t have to be deep.  We’re going to try to encourage as much underground shoot growth as possible!  We want those aloe babies.  Since it is still winter, I think this little aloe needs to rest a bit before the spring rush.  Probably will look for a way to get a few more shoots! Aloe is something I run to for so many things and every day I find something new it works great for.  If I had to run and grab only a couple of plants, I would definitely grab an aloe!  

Ok, then sod-busters!  haha  Remember Lucas McCain?  Anyway, y’all hava nice evening, and thanks for stoppin’ by!  Cissy 

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Comments on: "It was a Good Day Today" (4)

  1. Having a greenhouse would be a dream come true for me, I would have fresh vegetables all year round. I regret that we have a very small back yard, also not allow to raise chickens. It’s nice to see something sprouting from your pots, are those snap peas? They do like cooler weather and I need to start working in my garden soon.

    • Hello darling Nye! I’m so slow in responding to you, as I’ve been trying valiantly to get things done before this final ice seige that has befallen us today! It is only very wet and cold, with mostly glare from the sky. But freezing ice has been predicted so traffic will slow and finally stop for a while. My roommate is out collecting things we will need for a few days! I have missed you Miss Nye! Has anyone told you recently that you are a truly wonderful girl? Take care and have some fun today, my friend! Hugs from your friend down in Tejas, Cissy

      • Hi cissy, no worries about replying to me, life moves at a faster pace these days. I appreciate your nice compliment, and hope you’ll stay warm and take care of your self. 🙂

  2. Good Evening Miss Nye! In the case around my house, apparently it takes quite a bit of focused energies to actually move forward on all the projects! When I was young like you, I only complained about needing more time! Now that I am wiser and do have a plan, as much as I’d like to do more, sometimes I just can’t see much progress. It takes some time to look back and see the positive forces at work! I wanted to tell you that last week or so I found some good recordings of Thai and Lao music and I play it in the afternoons sometimes when I’m working (sewing). We have plans in progress to construct a meditation platform outside and I’d really like to be able to have music out there! I like to exercise (do yoga and such) to music. I usually end up dancing… haha I hope you are your family are happy and doing good, having fun, working hard! It’s almost the vernal equinox (?) and my birthday is on the 19th and then the first day of spring comes right after! So I’m pretty excited about growing things. I have studied so much Nye you can’t even imagine. It feels like I know a lot more basic stuff and the particulars of growing vegies, etc. than in prior seasons. Plus I have a friend coming to help out this season, so life is pretty good! Thanks for writing. I love to read where you guys go and see the pics and hear all the history and stories. And thanks again for posting stuff about music– I really do love it now! Talk to you later, Cissy

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