The Guildhall Garden

IMG_20140217_143036_738This is how my garden looks today, buried in approximately a foot of snow. You can’t see it, but there are three raised beds for vegetables, a semi-circular area for wildflowers and rhubarb, and two long borders that contain peonies, sorrel, oregano, bee balm (monarda), chives, and a burst of bright orange lilies.

I made my first forward-thinking gardening step yesterday, by placing an order at Fedco for seeds. Below is my order. There are a few items that I’ll have to buy in person somewhere. In the meantime, I make my plans–which seeds I’ll start inside, when (roughly), I’ll plant the cool weather crops like peas and spinach outside (probably mid-April), and where to place the various plants and seeds in relation to each other.

214 – Greencrop Bush Green Bean ( A=2oz ) 1 x $1.40 = $1.40
798 – Legume Inoculant ( A=treats 8lb ) 1 x $5.00 = $5.00
889 – Cascadia Snap Pea OG ( A=2oz ) 1 x $2.00 = $2.00
1313 – Marketmore 76 Slicing Cucumber OG ( A=1/16oz ) 1 x $1.20 = $1.20
1457 – Costata Romanesca Zucchini OG ( A=1/8oz ) 1 x $1.40 = $1.40
1520 – Lemon Yellow Summer Squash OG ( A=1/8oz ) 1 x $1.60 = $1.60
2042 – Scarlet Nantes Carrot ( A=1/8oz ) 1 x $0.90 = $0.90
2109 – Early Wonder Tall Top Beet OG ( A=1/8oz ) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
2268 – Misato Rose Radish OG ( A=1/8oz ) 1 x $1.50 = $1.50
2407 – King Richard Leek OG ( A=1/16oz ) 1 x $1.70 = $1.70
2541 – Bloomsdale Spinach OG ( A=1/4oz ) 1 x $1.40 = $1.40
2712 – Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce OG ( A=2g ) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
2771 – Royal Oakleaf Lettuce OG ( A=1g ) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
3023 – Arugula OG ( A=1/16oz ) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
3038 – Golden Chard OG ( A=1/16oz ) 1 x $1.30 = $1.30
3170 – Dark Green Italian Parsley OG ( A=1/16oz ) 1 x $1.20 = $1.20
3312 – Fiesta Broccoli OG ( A=0.2g ) 1 x $2.50 = $2.50
3608 – Imperial Star Globe Artichoke OG ( A=0.5g ) 1 x $1.50 = $1.50
3678 – Applegreen Eggplant OG ( A=0.2g ) 1 x $1.70 = $1.70
3723 – Purple Beauty Sweet Pepper OG ( A=0.5g ) 1 x $1.10 = $1.10
4065 – Jubilee Tomato OG ( A=0.2g ) 1 x $1.30 = $1.30
4117 – Principe Borghese Cherry Tomato OG ( A=0.2g ) 1 x $1.30 = $1.30
4418 – Genovese Basil ( A=2g ) 1 x $1.00 = $1.00
4436 – Anise Basil ( A=0.5g ) 1 x $1.20 = $1.20
4453 – Lime Basil OG ( A=0.25g ) 1 x $1.30 = $1.30
4531 – Bouquet Dill OG ( A=2g ) 1 x $1.20 = $1.20
4567 – Bronze Fennel OG ( A=0.2g ) 1 x $1.20 = $1.20

Laura Grows Up: Music 14-20 years old

me, at 16 years old.
me, at 16 years old.
Before about age 14, my musical universe was–for the most part–overwhelmingly shaped by important people in my life, mainly my parents and their friends and romantic partners. But by 14, I had started making discerning choices. There was music my parents liked that I consciously rejected in favor of other albums and artists.

Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
The best and perhaps first example was Bonnie Raitt. I don’t know what first brought Raitt to my attention, but it wasn’t any specific person in my life. Somehow, I was listening for myself and making choices. (At age 17, I left home for good, and my musical universe broadened even more.)