March 23, 2013
After I bought manure for the garden, potting soil for the May transplants and a little bag of sand for the wildflowers, Mother Nature stepped out and whispered, “Surprise!”with a week of winter temperatures and five inches of snow. This afternoon we’re supposed to get rain, turning to snow during the night and into tomorrow. The bad news was, all that put a crimp in my gardening plans and, in a desperate search for light in this week of cold and gloom, all my transplants for the early garden laid down and died. The good news is, all that moisture finally put us over the top and, for now, we are officially out of drought conditions here in Springfield. As a bonus, fighting boredom and gloom, I dragged the forty pound bag of potting soil and my matching set of cut-down, two liter pop bottles (covered in contact paper to protect the future roots from sunlight) into the kitchen and got the May transplants started.
The weather is expected warm up into the high fifties by Thursday. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to work the manure into the garden and restart those early veggies from seed.
Whether we stay out of drought over the rest of the summer depends on how much rain we get through April (our rainiest month here) and May, so I’ll be keeping a wary eye on that over the next few weeks. In addition, of course, spring rains herald the beginning of tornado season around here. Time to check the tornado bag and make sure it’s complete and ready to grab.
Whether there is a drought this particular year or not, climate change proceeds apace and I expect droughts around here to become more frequent and more persistent in the years ahead. I can’t change that, but with time on my hands between what light housekeeping I had this week, I spent some time reading and copying articles on growing vegetables and wild edibles in drought or changing climates, in my own continuing attempt to build food resilience in to my life. Here are links to a couple of them, if you’re interested. http://www.resilience.org/stories/2013-03-13/when-agriculture-stops-working-ten-recommendations-for-growing-food-in-the-anthropocene, http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/VegFruit/drought7.htm
As with climate change, so with peak oil. Despite what the fantasy fuel fairy tells you, the increase in US production has only kept world oil production riding along the bumpy, post-peak plateau as declines in other oil producing countries continue. Nothing I can do to change that, but I can keep up my efforts to build more energy resilience into my life. I urge you to do the same.
And the world financial system? I read a report several weeks ago that talked about the $600 trillion (yes, with a capital T) worth of capital pumped into that world economy – worth $60 trillion in goods and services in 2011 – by Central Banks over the last several decades. As the rising prices of declining resources and the increasing costs of climate disasters put downward pressure on the global economy at the base of this bloated pyramid, the producers of goods and services and the wages and jobs of all those workers/consumers at the bottom – who presumably keep the whole pyramid from tipping over – are getting crushed. And those same Central Banks have pumped ever more capital into the financial systems in increasingly frantic attempts to keep the whole shebang upright. Cyprus, being the latest example, only shows how desperate those attempts are becoming and, if not Cyprus this time, how certain it becomes that a black swan somewhere will bring it crashing down – sooner rather than later. Again, not much I can do to change that with my small fixed income, except continue to build what financial resilience I can into my own life. Again, I urge you to do the same.
The Fantasy Fuel Fairy is dying, folks. Those who benefit from the illusion that we can maintain some mythical status-quo would like us to believe that, if we only clap our hands in unison, she will live. Sorry, it isn’t so. Life is all about change and the status-quo of cheap and easy oil we think of as permanent is just a small anomaly on the timeline of history. In kidding ourselves that it’s not, we’ve built an unsustainable global economy based on a fool’s gold financial system, trashed our environment and changed the world climate on which we depend for our survival. We are one, big energy/financial/climate crisis away from poor Fuel Fairy and her magic going belly-up. Do everything you can, now, to increase resilience in your life. You do not want what’s coming to be a “Surprise!”