As you can see from previous posts, I’m clearly enjoying some small-scale container gardening. It’s about:
- healthy living -fresh and pesticide free
- taking control and self-reliance -instead of just griping about agribusiness making bad decisions or relying 100% on someone else for food, I’m growing some of my own
- nurturing -fulfilling to take care of something
Tiny steps, sure, but I’m learning lots of things that are hard to get just from watching a bunch of video clips or reading how-to books. I’m making mistakes, if you need to count them like errors in a baseball inning, but that’s part of learning.
As I watch the vegetables grow, I’m also struck by the power of the sun. Radishes and squash are magnificently turning sunlight (and water and nutrients) into growth. They do it so well that they can store the extra in parts we can eat. We are going to run out of oil, and we’re starting to see the effects of burning all the oil we already have. It’s time to go solar powered, as fast as we can, as much as we can.
What would that look like? Maybe it’s solar panels -they’ve gotten better. Maybe it’s growing oily algae in transparent flat tanks and harvesting the oil to burn. (That’s at least carbon-neutral.) Maybe you’ve got a better idea. The potential is there, even in a place like N.C., where if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. Solar energy probably wouldn’t fix everything, but I like our chances a lot better trying and learning than not.