March 8, 2014
Ukraine, 2014 Photo by Mstyslav Chernov
Thank goodness for the blogosphere. Yes, you have to pick your sources wisely, but you can find news there that the corporate owned, mainstream media won’t touch. Such is the case with what is going on in Ukraine. The MSM bull hockey – US/EU good guys standing for democracy and “self determination” (unless you’re Russian Ukrainians in Crimea) against Russian “aggression” is so simperingly silly, it would curl your eyelids to watch it.
There just are no white hats in this situation, not in Russia and certainly not in our imperial government. We have been busy fomenting coups in former member countries of the Soviet Union along the Russian border, pushing them toward the EU and NATO, for a couple of decades now – even establishing a missile base in Poland. Something we almost went to nuclear war over, when the Soviet Union tried it in Cuba back in 1961. So, for those of you who watch or read only what the MSM says, here are some excellent blog posts to get you started:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-05/behind-kiev-snipers-it-was-somebody-new-coaltion-stunning-new-leak-reveals-truth (don’t miss phone conversation video at the end)
http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/2014/03/john-perkins-to-follow-money-follow.html?utm_content=bufferd624c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer (3/7/14 not specific to Ukraine, but this has been the Empire’s pattern around the world for years, under Democrats and Republicans alike)
Well, hopefully, you’ll get the idea. So, on to what I really want to talk about – gardening.
Yesterday, the temperature hit 62. The day was sunny and I went out to the garden, intending to get the early vegetables planted. Despite our being several inches behind (so far, this year) as far as moisture goes, when I raked back the straw on the bed I wanted to plant, the ground was soggy. So, I decided to leave it uncovered a couple of days before planting the seeds.
Today we had light rain and temperatures in the mid fifties. Tomorrow, I’ll check the ground again and plant the seeds either tomorrow or Monday.
Temperatures next week will be mostly in the sixties and maybe even a seventy degree day by mid week, with nights above freezing.
I’m eager to get started. It felt good to be out in the sun, working in the garden yesterday. The potato onions I planted last fall are up. Presumably, the bitter cold weather is over for the year and, if I can give the early vegetables a good start under a light layer of straw, they can withstand a few cold days as we go on into spring.
Over the last week, I’ve had a couple of lettuce and spinach salads from my indoor plantings (using tomato salsa for dressing and color). I’ve grown sprouts, off and on, through the winter just to nibble on as I work around the house. I still have some green beans and cabbage in the freezer from my first indoor planting, corn from last summer and the peppers and tomatoes I bought and froze last month. But nothing tastes as good as those first fresh vegetables from the backyard garden.
In a couple of weeks, beginning with the peppers, I’ll start the seeds for my May transplants. By April, the asparagus should begin to poke up through the soil. And by late April, I should be able to harvest some of the early vegetables.
Having a garden is a good thing, even in the best of times. These are not such times. In addition to the doomer’s trio of climate change, energy decline and economic uncertainty, we now have the situation in the Ukraine. I don’t see either Putin or the American Empire backing down on this. As with the sparks that set off World War I, one hundred years ago, there’s a lot of dry brush in that part of Europe left to burn. With sparks flying from both sides on this issue, prudence would suggest that we ordinary mortals prepare as best we can for a possible conflagration. Gardening is a good start.
(Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward tonight.)