Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Update for April/May

Going into the busy season for me and my family.  Spring's here and warm enough to began planting, so work on my garden and flower beds i must!!  We are doing a special project this year!  One i am very excited about and have shown and discussed with many of the inmates i write.  We are putting in an English hedgerow or "living fence" instead of a conventional fence around my property.   I will be taking pictures of the Garden and the project as both start and advance so that the inmate's can feel they are a part of it too.  Many were gardeners or just enthusiast's of fresh organic veggies and fruits or nature lovers and really enjoy this type of thing.  Most are amazed at the amount of fruit and veggies I grow on a small piece of land by using vertical gardening and asking the Lord's blessing, and lot's of work!  No herbicides, no chemicals, no pesticides, lot's of Granny and Gramp's advice and methods!

One inmate told me she had not eaten a fresh carrot or tomato in 12 years.  I was shocked, angered, and flabbergasted.  The grounds on her prison are vast.  I wondered why on Earth the prison did not take advantage of all the inmate labor and grow their own vegetables and plant an orchard?  This would be more nutritious and save alot of money.  It would also get women involved in nurturing plants and

learning some work skills and/or skills to help feed their own families after release.  I have seen some of the prisoner's gardens at prison's that do grow their own food and they are beautiful!!  And they produce enough to feed the inmates and make income at Farmer's market.   I cannot understand the line of thinking that wants to pay more for nasty processed food.  Feeling good leads to better moods/behaviors and it all starts with what is eaten!!

The picture's used Osage Orange plants for the hedgerow.  I decided to use Rose of Sharon.  Any type of plant tree/shrub that gives off "suckers" may be used.  I settled on Rose of Sharon because the back of my property was already lined by them and they are advancing with new plants every year, they are tough, and require little care once established, they are very fast growing.  They are also "free".  And the blooms are heavenly.  My neighbor is delighted by the idea.  Win/win.   

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