Posts Tagged ‘Earth Day’

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day and a belated Happy Easter to everyone! Things are certainly returning to life in Michigan:

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Whether this Earth Day finds you in the glories of Spring or the quiet rustle of Autumn, I wish you increased awareness of our Mother Earth, who nurtures and provides for us. May she know and feel our love! May she grow healthy and strong as we honor her.

Earth Day Celebrations and Happy Ending

David and I have so enjoyed our reunion after nearly three weeks apart due to my trip to Pennsylvania and his own two weeks of training in Arkansas. We spent this weekend hiking and enjoying delicious vegan food, mostly prepped by other people so we could relax and reconnect. Huge thanks to sweet Tania Marie for recommending Veestro, frozen, restaurant quality, preservative-free vegan meals and juices delivered to our door on Friday — with lots of gluten-free options. During our resettling process, David and I decided we wanted some ease and please in the kitchen, with minimal work by either of us. Veestro has been perfect!

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Yesterday, we celebrated Earth Day with some yummy veggie juices and a green smoothie while watching our Zen new groundhog, yet to be named. This little one is definitely not Kalamazoo Kal, Continue reading

Blessed Earth Day!

I almost forgot to post anything directly about Earth Day, although, clearly regular blog readers know that every day is Earth Day in my world.

I enjoyed John Beckett’s musings yesterday in his post, “The Candle of Earth Day,” which begins: “‘It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness’ – origin uncertain,” then shares his personal fight against the Texas State Legislators’ battle to ban any bans of fracking. As usual, John weaves together diversely personal and widely global strands into a contemplative tapestry. In response to ideas from, “’every day is Earth Day for Pagans’ to ‘Earth Day is like bringing flowers to the spouse you beat up last night’ to what is perhaps the most accurate ‘it’s just not enough,'” John reminds us:

But it’s still better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.

This Earth Day let’s light a candle for the children of those Texas State Legislators who will have to live in the world their parents create. Let’s light a candle for the suburbanites who are so invested in their lifestyle they literally can’t imagine another way. Let’s light a candle for all those who are so accustomed to darkness they’ve forgotten how to see.

Because some of them will notice the candle, and they’ll wake up and see what’s going on around us.

I pray they do, because Mama’s not pleased with most of Her children. Her immense patience will not last forever. You can read John’s (cautiously hopeful) piece here.

Happy Earth Day!

I’ve often noted that for me, every day is Earth Day, but I do enjoy spending some extra time and effort honoring Gaia on and around her special day. This past weekend, I attended an intensive Permaculture Design Course, which included hands-on training. Yesterday, we planted fifteen fruit trees! I was surprised how easy it is to calculate root requirements. Hint: dig the hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the roots. Shovel in some compost, mix it with topsoil, water, add more compost/soil mixture, spread out the roots, water more. Continue until just below the graft or to the soil line of a true tree. That’s it! We also put plastic guards around each tree to protect them from deer or other nibblers. It felt good to plant so much life that will continue to grow for decades.

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A couple weeks ago, I made a seed inventory and started about twenty plants indoors. Below you’ll see a portion of the seeds I have on hand. Some are for Fall planting; others for late June. I’m just getting organized for Spring right now:

Seeds 2013

Seeds 2013

I’m particularly excited about my Medicinal Herb Garden seeds and can’t wait to get some of those in the ground:

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I ordered some other medicinal seeds as well. Things like Yellow Maca, Meadowsweet, Munstead Lavender and Hyssop will also grace our lawn. I don’t know that I’ll get all these seeds in this year, since I continue to observe where sunlight hits, as well as design more permanent locations. This year I will be happy to get our four raised beds assembled for a Four Season Vegetable Harvest:

Cubic Foot Gardening

Cubic Foot Gardening

I bought three of these Cubic Foot Gardening tiered raised beds, and we’ll also be creating what I affectionately call a “Bed Bed” from the black frame of an old Sleep Number Bed. From what I’ve researched, using black raised beds increases growing time by at least one month on either end of the traditional gardening season, because the soil remains warmer due to the black gathering heat. I’ve got some special seed blends for late season plantings, as well as a gourmet greens variety that I can start as soon as we have the beds assembled and filled with the Square Foot Gardening recommended mixture of 1/3 compost, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 peat moss.

I’ll plant plenty of wild flowers, zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers to increase the aesthetics of the black plastic. I’ll also mulch around the beds and plant a sunflower backdrop. Our landlord just began putting in a wooden fence along the Western edge of our yard, and he’s already cleared me to use nylon trellises to train watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers and squash up the fence.

Our front yard has a preliminary hugelkultur started — basically a big pile of sticks mixed with dried leaves, pine needles, compost, watered and then mulched over with wood chips. I’m creating a blueberry-friendly spot, since pine needles and leaves are quite acidic, and the branches hold water. Blueberries like moist, acidic soil. I’m not sure if I’ll finish that project soon enough to get the three bushes I want in there this Spring, or if this will remain a next year project. Some initial fruit trees and hopefully Aronia berry bushes will go into the yard this Fall.

Meanwhile, my specific Earth Day 2013 activity after today’s sessions will be continuing to create pathways through the yard. I’m using cardboard and mulch to tone down the weeds and create winding paths to the soon-to-be-constructed raised beds and around our rain garden. Once the soil warms up and I’ve cleared the giant mulch pile in our front yard, I’ll plant a sunflower “fence” with a bee friendly blend of flowers in front of it. I’ve already spent so many hours out there moving mulch and explaining my plans to curious neighbors that we’ve noticed some of our neighbors have begun preparations for their own gardens. Their first ever!

And so, while the rest of the world continues to wrestle with the dragon throes of coup/counter-coup, I’m getting back to the garden, right where I want to be. In our permaculture class this weekend, we discussed how everything can be solved with a garden, and I really believe it’s true. Gardening provides more than food sovereignty — although local, organic food security remains such an important issue these days! Permaculture gardening also allows us to observe Nature and to participate with Nature in the creation of mutually beneficial systems of Life. Flowers feed bees and butterflies; plant guilds support each other and wildlife; and those with awareness also get to engage the Otherworld of faeries, elves, devas, Nature Spirits, gnomes and otherwise invisible partners eager to heal and cherish the Earth as well.

From sunshiney Goshen, Happy Earth Day! May you find at least some small way to honor our Mother on this, her special day.

Happy Earth Day!

Dear Mama Earth,

Thanks for putting up with the humans a little longer. May we listen to you, your creatures and your trees, and may we all live in harmony with each other. Many of us love you so very deeply, and the ones who don’t would if they were even a tiny bit in touch with you. Please help them to know you, so the forgetful humans will remember who they are. Then we can all live in peace, abundance, love, playfulness and joy.

Lots of tree hugs, faery kisses, pixie dust and mama love,

Laura Bruno

PS: I knew I was saving this photo for some special occasion. I call it “Tree Pose with Tree,” and it’s for you. I love you, Gaia. You can do it: your rebirth is gonna be fabulous!

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