OK. Bottled Water and Green Roof Blogs Combined. Stop Nagging Me.

OK, here goes. Since I first published these two blogs about 5 years ago, I can’t get any peace. Mostly because I took them down for all the comments and e-mails and because I don’t have time to answer all of you. There is no need to e-mail me, because about 95 % of the comments were positive accolades with wanting more. They are just to get you to think about sustainability and what we are doing to Ma Nature and how we can reverse some things, quickly….

Bottled Water (or, Why I can’t water my veggies in August)

If you think about what the polar Ice Caps use was for, then this will make some sense. How many aisles are dedicated to bottled water in any grocery store? How many grocery stores in your city? State? In the US? Not even talking world wide now. That’s a lot of cubic feet of water. The Polar Ice Caps are melting at an alarming rate, or should we say, dissolving? Salt does not freeze, but huge land masses falling into the sea will raise the sea level a good bit. Water is not sustainable. We do not manufacture water. We harvest it. Get it? The water we have on Earth, was already here. It does not go away. It goes up, then it comes down, then gets filtered in some way through natural processes, then back up, and, well you should see this now. The very water you are drinking now, could contain the very molecules of water that Moses parted, or even what was flowing through a prehistoric canyon, or that seeped through the leak in your backyard pool last year. Nevertheless, we do not manufacture water. Atlanta, was it, that just a while ago lost a very important water supply? Lake Meade, I think? I don’t know, there were so many over the years. If you wring out a sponge, it is semi dry, right? Until you re-wet it again.  I say we should release the water back into the planet, and let it do it’s thing. It is the giver of life, and we kinda need it to survive, not only to drink, but to help our crops grow so we can eat, as well as our livestock watering. Yeah, I know, your towns water smells and tastes bad. OK, consider this, more water in the Earth, can properly filter out the contaminates, such as all the prescription pills sent down the toilet at an alarming rate. If the Viagra starts showing up in the public drinking water, I bet there will be a whole lot more of you either complaining, or just smiling. And we know who will be who. I’m sure that since we caused the Dust Bowl of the early 30’s, and we corrected it in the same decade, without all the techno bull we have today, I would like to think we can reverse this water shortage we have now. Oh yea, don’t forget to ante up the millions of cases we have stockpiled underground in case of an emergency. Well, I think this qualifies as such. It’s not leaking out into space folks, Its still here, but someone needs to make a buck off it.

Green Roofs vs. White Roofs (or, What have we done?)

OK, now lets examine this a little bit. Now we think we had a good idea, to plant vegetation on roof tops, to, now let me remember here, either to absorb noxious fumes, or promote biological respiration/transpiration in big cities, or was it just because they were pretty? Now we are finding that they do absolutely no good, and may have backfired in a peculiar way. First, the not so bad issue. Now we have to feed them. Now the NPK we have to throw at them is flowing down the downspouts right into the sewer, and into our rivers. Wow, seen the algae blooms causing the dead waterways? Damn cows! Like its the cows, come on. Wait, just unbottle a few million gallons of water, dump it in the river, and we’ll be OK, right? OK, now the uncontrollable blister. Ever hear about Coral Bleaching?Usually you can tell where the major Hurricanes will come from this year, just by educating yourself on this phenomenon. Coral beds that bleach out either in the Caribbean, or around the Cape Verde Islands, will generate more tropical events. How’s that? Let’s see the simple logic here, then, again, the Polar Ice Caps will make sense to you, and you will dump out your bottled water. White reflects solar heat. Green, black, blue, all absorb thermal energy. OK, if the coral is bleaching, it is reflecting thermals up to the surface of the bluish-green surface of the ocean, where constant barrage of tropical waves are constantly pushing off the coast of Africa, every couple of days, then something is going to happen. Now if the conditions are right, and they will be, then rotation occurs, moisture develops, and there you go, cyclonic activity is born. Then, it gets a name, and we nervously watch it waver across the sea, until it hits our coastline, where we suffer greatly in damages and lives, BUT there is a good side to this too. We have bottled water to save us! Now, getting back to the roof thing. The Polar Ice Caps were supposed to reflect, not absorb, these thermals. Most tennis players wear white? I wonder why. Why didn’t we think to have white roofs? Give the Caps a little help.  The world is getting a little warmer each year now.  We can reverse this as well.

There, that’s most of the way the last blogs were. I don’t think the whole writings need to appear again, because if you don’t at least think a little about these subjects, then there is no need for me to be keeping this headache.  One last bit. I was noticing a kid the other day, pouring out water from a store bought water retention apparatus (bottle of water) and his mom yells,” Stop wasting that water!” Now just where did she think it was going? Outer space, or when it dries up, well it’s just all gone? But the water in the dishwasher, washing machine, or the car wash is not being wasted? Ow…. My head!

Dazed and Contused?

 

By now, here in central Va., you have had a bunch of rain, so you may be experiencing some minor problems. Before, we talked of soil conditioning. We need to realize that Ma Nature is the bomb. The plowing, feeding, mulching, weeding, don’t mean squat. Unless you have learned what exactly what SOIL is. I see a lot of you buying the cheap bagged stuff in the box stores. It will ( or has ) turned into the concrete you were standing on at the time you purchased it.  Where’s your leaves from the fall? Oh, no trees? Cutting grass now? There you go, Bag that green gold, and use as mulch now. FREE nitrogen, FREE mulch. FREE from amendments in the bag! Come on, ever hear of Sustainable Gardening? Use what Ma gives you. Your Grand Parents did. So did theirs. And there was always food on the table. Have a Koi pond? That “muck” you get out of there is like gold. Spread it around your plant bases. Ever tried manure tea? One bag of, OK, “store bought” manure, a burlap bag, a 32 gal Rubbermaid (or cheap one) trash can, some water, and a piece of rope, and you can feed your garden for 2 months. Put the manure in the sack, tie the rope around it to make a, well, tea bag of sorts. Put it in the water for a few days, and you can dip it out to feed your live goods. I have one in a field rain barrel, and use the hose to apply it.

For the rain issue. If your plants are turning yellow at the bottom, they are not thirsty. They are drowning. Don’t water. Soil amendments like Oak leaves, grass clippings, pelleted gypsum, will help a great deal. Of course, if you are one of those lawn jockeys, that throw every poison and weed killer at your lawn at the mention of it on the media, don’t put those clippings on your edibles. YOU WILL DIE too!.  Lets get smart here. If the bag of stuff says on the warning label, ” DO NOT INGEST” then DO NOT INGEST by second hand servings.

I have Tomatoes on the vine now. Peppers showing. Beans are on the climb, and my Squash and Cukes are almost in bloom. Red Sails Lettuce is going to be harvested this week. Cherries are abundant, not ready yet, Peaches, Apricots and Blueberries are making an impressive showing. Elderberries, Blackberries and Raspberries are making me proud. Onions, don’t get me started, holy cow! Been using my herbs for over a month now. I am happy. I am gardening. I am dirty. I am one with the natural order. I am full of poop…. Really. It’s a Zen thing. I like to give back to what I take from Ma Nature. Keeps my fire and water equal. Look at Michelle Obama. Her gaze is always proof of some fond memory. She can use a shovel. She knows the secret. You can as well…. Get on your knees and get dirty with a loved one. I am talking about weeding, for those shallow minded. They are up and running, robbing your work of nutrients. Maybe you will like to use Dandy lions in your salad, But Henbit, Wire grass, spurge, and chickweed, do not taste good.

Kevinthegarden@verizon.net