Fall Seed Planting and more

This weekend I got a bunch of seeds planted in pots with an incubator cover to keep them warm and get them sprouted for fall planting. I also kicked out a lot of general yard work.

From Ninin Ga Shinobuden, vol.3, p.31.

As you may know fall is the time for leafy green vegetables and many root crops. I got broccoli, spinach, carrots, parsley, cilantro, and mustard greens planted. I also planted onions, but they won’t be ready to eat til summer, but fall is a good time to plant them as it takes close to a year sometimes for them to come to full term; same goes for garlic, but I didn’t get any garlic planted yet. And I planted a bunch of cuttings of St. John’s Wort. I just found out that a housemate of mine also uses it, but buys it dried out and then regularly steeps it with hir tea. Now I’ve got a bunch of starts of it going, hopefully it’ll give us lots to harvest from and lots of backup.

For those of you wanting to get into herbs, medicinal or culinary, or both, it is always a good idea to think about having backup plants. Some plants aren’t always producing every season or go dormant during parts of the year, and you never know if a well meaning housemate might take clippers to one of your plants or even pull it out completely! – it kind of looks like a weed, so for the non-discriminating eye, one might be tempted to pull it out at first glance. Always be prepared with backup or alternate plants to always provide you what you need. Similar principles are applied to drying or storing plants long-term. We once had a squash at our house that sat on the mantle above our fireplace for 2 whole years. We nicknamed “The Mantle Squash” and then one day we decided, at last, to cook it up and it was still fresh and delicious. Always have backup.

Other news

I haven’t reported much on my church’s Bible study group, but we finally have arrived at the Book of Revelation. One of these days maybe I’ll get back to writing up some notes again, but the readings have been thoroughly insightful! And while out and about it is always wonderful to have conversations with people about the readings. I was talking to the neighbor about some of our readings on Saturday too, we pulled open a couple of Bibles ze had on hand and looked some at what we were discussing and ze really gave me some insights on the verses that hadn’t crossed into our conversations in the group study this past week. I love the Bible! I’d say it’s probably the most important book in our society and lives here in Pomona.

I didn’t make it to the Artwalk on Saturday, I instead got caught up in preparations for the Enchantress of Alvarado’s big weekend party, but my costume for the party was fabulous — everything came together perfectly for an amazing ensemble. One neighbor gave me some great shoes to wear and some wonderful costume tips, and I came across a perfect skirt that a housemate didn’t want anymore.

Before that, I spent another couple of hours on Saturday enjoying hanging out at Funny Business. Pomona is awesome!!!!

And I can hardly wait!: the next, latest Superman comes out this week!

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