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Well, it’s been two weeks since I planted my tomato seeds and most of them are coming along nicely. They have just started putting out their first amazing petite tomato leaves. So cool!

I plan to expand my vegetable garden a little bit this year. I’ve got snap pea seeds to try, and another few green delicacies. How about you? Are you planting a few vegetables this year? Or maybe a lot?

Roger Doiron is looking for revolutionaries to join his Subversive Plot. His Plot looks like this:

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Roger Doiron is the founding director of Kitchen Gardeners International, linked here. In his funny, entertaining TED talk, Roger outlines some of the challenges our world food supply faces in coming decades. In the next 50 years, more food will have to be produced to keep up with the growing population than was produced in the previous 10,000 years!

Local food can be part of the solution. Roger’s talking really local. Like your own backyard. Oh, you don’t have to have a lot of space to grow a few vegetables. There are lots of creative ways to garden.

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Small gardens really can make a difference. At the peak of the Victory Garden movement, small gardens were providing 40% of all produce. Of course, not everyone has the time or interest or space for a garden and incredibly, there are places where growing vegetables in your front yard is illegal!

But things are changing. In Maine, the town of Sedgwick unanimously passed an ordinance giving its citizens the right “to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.” It’s a bucking of state and federal laws. The town government added: “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.”

Roger offers many interesting points worth pondering. Here’s Roger Doiron:

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My little tomato seedlings are coming along nicely. It will be quite a while yet before all danger of frost is past, and they can be planted outside. I don’t worry about tomato plants getting gangly, though. You can always plant extra stem length in the ground and new roots will sprout along the planted stem, giving the plant extra root resources.

The little seedling above is a Tomande hybrid I decided to try this year. The little leaves aren’t actually true leaves at all. They are called cotyledons. Cotyledons are sometimes referred to as seed leaves because they are actually part of the seed or embryo of the plant. The seed leaves serve to access the stored nutrients in the seed, feeding it until the true leaves develop and begin photosynthesizing.

It’s when the first true leaves arrive that the little plantlet begins to look darn cute, like a real little tomato! The seedling below, showing its first true tomato leaves is a Green Zebra baby.

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I just learned recently that ‘darn’ is being elevated to ‘bad word’ status in certain circles, especially amongst parents of young kids. A little bit of googling turned up this post at iBeth: A New Curse Word, Darn It! I thought it was maybe just me that had missed the elevation of ‘darn’, but a poll of my daughters revealed that they had missed it too.

Of course, common word usage changes all the time. I once suffered through a long scolding lecture from my grandmother about using the term “Heavens to Murgatroyd!” The expression is a variation of “Heavens to Betsy” and was made popular by Snagglepuss, a pink mountain lion created by Hanna-Barbera in 1959. I picked it up watching TV, and apparently most adults found the expression perfectly innocuous. My grandmother was shocked. I felt indignant and wronged by her lecture.

I hope the young anti-darn parents are equally conscientious when it comes to teaching their children about respecting the natural world and standing up against polluters and over-indulgers who daily compromise the well-being of the planet where our children will spend their future. Snagglepuss indeed.

Snagglepuss at Wikipedia

 

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