Garden Tower Project + Face Mask Frames

Our Governor just outlawed buying seeds and garden supplies as non-essential. Those Dream Guys give good tips! I bought everything last weekend. Heads up in case your Governor follows suit. Ours is particularly nutty.

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Last night, I asked my future self in my dreams, “What are you grateful I put into play earlier? What do you wish I had done now?”

As a result, Crazy Plant Lady spent this morning figuring out how to set up our Garden Tower 2 in an animal proof way, since all the critters have made for much smaller scale gardening than I did in Goshen with two fully permacultured yards. I also ordered seeds for crop varieties I’d given up growing due to our many groundhog “friends.” We mostly have perennial herbs, rhubarb, alpine strawberries, aronia, elderberry and blueberry bushes, plus some edible ornamentals scattered among the flowers.

The Garden Tower 2 inside a mesh pop up cage, on top of concrete pavers surrounded by wire fencing, in our fenced backyard should allow me to grow carrots, collards and other goodies normally devoured by rabbits, groundhogs and…

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  1. Posted by Eliza Ayres on April 10, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Gardening is “non-essential”? Your governor is a nut case. Gardening is therapeutic in the best of times. In today’s crazy world, it is a way to keep sane and well-fed. Happy planting!

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    • She had also outlawed the medication that cures it. Now she is begging for it because so many people died in Detroit. Total nutter, connected to big insurance and big pharma. Yes, gardening is therapeutic, Soul soothing and self sufficient. Wild times and timelines available.

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    • Lottery, alcohol and pot are still “essential,” but Goddess forbid you try to grow your own vegetables!

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  2. Posted by Kieron on April 11, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    That’s insane. Ours has declared stay-at-home except for essential services, but I notice some food businesses are quietly defying closure orders or getting creative with curbside pickup. Our guv also declared garden centers “essential” but with curbside pickup after ordering online–which of course leaves people without reliable internet or a credit card/bank account at a disadvantage. The contrast between haves and have-nots is getting highlighted in a big way now. Because of my work I am very sensitive to it, and it’s good that others are seeing it now as well.

    OTOH, people are putting in front-yard gardens here, and online garden supply centers are overwhelmed with business, so much so that one in Wisconsin that I ordered from is delaying shipment to get a handle on a wave of incoming orders. And I saved a lot of seeds these last 2 years, after noticing how well direct-seeded plants (vs seedlings or root-bound plants) do in handling weather extremes. Evidently I was listening to some inner guidance. 🙂 Now if I can just get onto a squirrel-free timeline…

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    • Yes, Kieron, MN made a better call with at least that option. It is, indeed, a have or have not’s illustrator. Detroit is getting hit so hard in large part due to the extreme poverty. Also, they did not announce or enforce social distancing for weeks, letting people ride in packed buses, etc. until almost April. They didn’t announce anything in Arabic or Spanish for a long time either, and did no announcements on predominantly black radio stations until the situation was already massively out of control. I hope people are noticing.

      A squirrel-free timeline sounds as fanciful as a groundhog-free timeline for me! 🙂

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  3. Posted by thymia17 on April 12, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I wondered why she would do that, so I looked up the background of her health & human services director. Oh. Education and finance. Not a doctor, not public health. So he acts from reaction, not experience. Lawyer by trade
    Explained it all to me. Glad your intuition guided you, but sorry for all the people (Detroit food desert gardens, Gretchen?)

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    • She is also playing politics. She’s very connected with Biden’s campaign and angling for a VP slot, national prominence through grandstanding.

      I did hear from a friend with ties in Lansing that while they considered curbside pickup, they felt it would encourage too much congregating. Supposedly people were congregating in the seed aisles of stores to quell boredom from the lockdown.

      Ummmmm… wear masks, limit numbers of people in the store, do call ahead pickup, lots of solutions besides outlawing anything garden related!

      That said, Michigan just had 5 grocery workers die — 4 Kroger employees and a Meijer employee. All are from the Detroit area. If the Gov. had not outlawed the cure, Detroit would not be such a mess by now. She let that spread and get way out of hand, and now the entire state is having massive restrictions that if placed on Detroit area right away, would not have allowed its spread. Oh, well. National stage grandstanding was more important. She quietly reversed her ridiculous ban on the cure, and now a Democratic State Congresswoman from the Detroit area is telling people how the hydroxychloroquine saved her life when she was at death’s door. Hopefully, we can get rid of this Gov. There is already a recall petition going around. She has her own interests, not her constituents in mind.

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  4. Posted by manyhahama1955 on April 14, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Absolutely Ridiculous about your Governor outlawing buying seeds. Our government doesn’t want people to be resilient and independent…they want the sheeple to be dependent on them and starve to death. Unbelievable. I’m sure he has some good reason why. ha! All the best to you and yours, Laura! Love in the time of Corona virus.

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    • Thank you! It’s unfortunate, because we do have a lot of deaths in our state, but the arbitrariness of the shutdown looks suspicious. Alcohol, lottery, abortion and pot are “essential,” but no other elective surgeries allowed and no seeds. Marijuana was voted a medicine, so I get that, but with the particular restrictions, it’s having a boomerang effect where people are being defiantly careless. Praying for some balance here. My life continues largely the same — working from home, going on walks, just no eating out … but David is on the front lines in an “essential” business that has him going into people’s homes. Much love to you and yours!

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  5. […] unassembled in our shed. I followed the advice, ordered seeds, got everything needed for assembly, only to learn that that weekend was the last time I could have done so prior to Michigan’s Gov… and making it illegal to buy what I’d need. Score one, Dream Guys! A “mix-up” led […]

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