Saturday, March 28, 2009

Vote Earth!


On March 28 you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour. Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.

The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.

Click the picture to visit it's official website.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring is Here!

I have decorated my front yard with pots of gerber daisies - one is pink and the other red. In case you don't know, spring official started last friday.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obamas Plant Organic Kitchen Garden at White House

Take a walk past the White House. The answer may be planted right in front of you.

First lady Michelle Obama helped break ground on a new White House organic "kitchen garden" Friday. It will be the first working garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a so-called "victory garden" at the height of World War II.

This time, however, the enemy is obesity. The first family is hoping to send a clear message to a fast food-driven nation that often seems to be losing the battle of the bulge.

"We're just hoping that a lot of families look at us and say this is something that they can do and talk to their own kids about and think a little bit critically about the food choices that they make," said Marian Robinson, the president's mother-in-law. The first lady told a group of Washington schoolchildren on hand for the occasion that first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama were usually more willing to try fresh fruits and vegetables because fresh produce generally tastes better.

"What I found with my kids [is that] if they were involved in planting it and picking it, they were much more curious about giving it a try," she added.

"I've been able to have my kids eat so many different things that they would have never touched if we had bought it at a store because they either met the farmers that grew it, or they saw how it was grown," she said.

"They were curious about it and ... usually they liked it."

The idea of a presidential kitchen garden, used year-round with different seasonal crops, has been strongly promoted by advocates for organic and locally grown food. They argue that the White House garden may help set a positive example for families short on time and money, who are often tempted by cheaper, highly processed food.

The presidential garden will be used, among other things, for growing such staples as butterhead and red leaf lettuce, spinach, broccoli, onions, carrots and peas.

It will also include a range of herbs, including sage, oregano and rosemary. The garden is one of several additions to the White House South Lawn. A swing set for the first daughters was recently installed near the Oval Office.

Are these Shamrock Plants?

Some weeds, or shamrock plants, not sure what they are, but I usually just pull them off the ground and throw them in my compost pit. These ones are growing with my scallions. They have these pretty yellow flowers and it's leaves has this bluish spots on them. This has pinkish-white flowers but with the same exact leaves as the ones on top. It is growing in my potted succulents. Again, I've been treating these as weeds until lately when I saw some in the store for sale this St. Patrick's Day. But are these the "shamrock plants"?

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Christmas Tree Shaped Rosemaries

Rosemary herbs pruned into mini christmas trees that were used a christmas decors are also going outside and will be replanted in bigger pots. I had two of these a couple of years ago but they both died when I took them out right after christmas. The cold weather must have killed them. Now it's time I bring them out to harden - the weather is just perfect and spring is just around the corner.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Stone Pines

Time to put these stone pines outside that were used as an indoor christmas decor to harden them up. Eventually, they will be replanted in bigger pots so they can grow even bigger. And hopefully, I can use them again - as a christmas tree.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

More of Fish Canyon Falls

Alright guys, I found more information on the internet about Fish Canyon Trail/Fish Canyon Falls on this website - click here.