Buddhism, veganic gardening, compassion, and the vegan life calls all to deepen our relationships with Mother Earth and each other. Live sustainably, authentically, and lightly on the Earth. Manifest compassion for all sentient beings. The world is an altar. Worship in love.
It’s February, and That Means Hyacinths (and Hope)
large bag of blue and white hyacinth bulbs that have been chilling in the
fridge since October are out and sprouting roots in water and soil at the
house, and on my work desk. A $20 or so investment in early autumn gives us
these fragrant little miracles throughout the middle and end of winter, just
enough to keep the spirits buoyed and encourage hope for spring (43 days to
lost the lemongrass this winter. The pot I brought into the greenhouse window
toward the back of the house has expired. It’s so sad; this was a venerable old
lemongrass and I used it a lot for Thai cooking in summer. But the avocado
trees and geranium are thriving. It’s so easy to overwinter geraniums; I don’t understand
why so many people just toss geraniums at summer’s end. Do you have a sunny
window somewhere in the house? Then you have all you need to keep geraniums
alive until next summer. A bonus is that they start blooming in late winter,
and that’s wonderful. Keep them lightly watered, and no feeding. That’s it.
They’ll get a little scraggly, but in summer, they’ll make their comeback. I
apply the ‘Chelsea Chop’ in September and again in April. Google ‘Chelsea Chop’.
had my first glass of our own homemade kefir this morning. My husband watched
me drink it down, anxious that I would get sick (he doesn’t trust home
fermenting). It was a little yeasty, but not acidic. Past the yeastiness, it was
yummy. I added a sprinkle of cardamom and a little raw honey. Today, I picked
up a couple of organic bananas from Garden of Light in Avon, and I’ll add them
to the kefir for the next two mornings, whirred up in the blender. Homemade
kefir tastes nothing like the stuff you get at the market. This is the raw,
real deal. It’s all about experimenting and not being afraid to try something
been snowing a lot here. But I’m eyeing that garden patch and planning
the food garden for this summer. As soon as the ground loosens, we’ll plant the
I mention I love my husband? He sent me a note today. ‘My wife is my life; I
love her. Always have and always will.’ He and the garden are the greatest.