Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yarn Along: Seeds and Stripes

*joining in with the Yarn Along over at Small Things*

Now that the snow has finally gone, my mind is turning to the earth that has rested quietly under its white blanket all winter. The tulips the children planted last fall are reaching their green arms to the sun, and my eyes are seeking out new places to turn the soil and plant some seeds!

Janette Haase's From Seed to Table is my perennial favourite when it comes to gardening, as it was written in Ontario and so follows a seasonal schedule that fits with where we live. It's amazing how much valuable information is packed into this relatively slim volume!

I found The Seed Underground at our local library. I'm not a fan of non-fiction, but this book is so poetically and artfully written, it's easy to forget that I'm reading about the depletion of the world's seed stores...except, of course, it's too important to forget. But so far, I'm not feeling defeated or hopeless. The author does not use scare tactics to get her point across, and I appreciate that. I am more motivated by hope than by fear.

And I've started a toe-up sock to work at in those rare quiet moments!


6 comments:

  1. Your youngest niece from my branch of the family tree is bound and determined to have HER OWN GARDEN. She is barraging me with questions about where it will be, how big, the shape, rows or squares? and she wants to have vegetables AND flowers that will attract birds and butterflies. We will dig out some books and go online and get it all figured out. Although I am thrilled at her ambition and interest, I am wary that the novelty will wear off once the weeding starts....we'll see!

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    1. Fill some of your hubby's wood pallets with soil. Instant raised beds, and easy to move/dispose of if the novelty wears off. Start SMALL. Pick four easy things: I'd recommend peas (plant now!), carrots, pumpkins, and one other thing...that way, she'll get the fun without the huge work. There's my two cents!

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  2. Say do you have the ball band for that yarn? If so, could you let me know what it is? I have a friend that adores that colour scheme.

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    1. I'll do a search...I know it has a circus tent on it! Living with children and cats means that many things (like ball bands) go missing! Will get back to you if I find it!

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  3. love the colorway! I think it's cheerful :)

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  4. I love your books, have to check them out, thanks!

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