I kind of love Christmas. Mostly it’s the scents I love: roasting meat, pie spices, firewood and, most of all, pine trees. Today I’m getting the jump on that good smell and going over to my neighborhood nursery, Harold’s. It’s a little, hidden, unassuming place full of fantastic plants, year-round.
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Parkway Partners is a non-profit organization that is devoted to improving green space in the city of New Orleans. Since Katrina they have launched an urgent reforestation program called ReLeaf New Orleans. Today from 4-7 they are having Tree Troopers Trainings, which teaches the basics as to selecting the right tree for a specific location and tree care. At the Parkway Partners Greenhouse.
In addition to the ReLeaf Initiative they have other cool programs like Adopt a Neutral Ground, Community and School Garden programs, Save Our Trees–which teaches citizens to treat trees for caterpillars, termites and fertilization–and more.
So, it’s a new day in New Orleans. We have a new mayor, finally.
And, although we already had a huge mess on our hands, and now we have an even bigger one with the Gulf disaster, I like the idea of making the symbolic gesture of planting things in our gardens. (How about that for a segue?)
It’s May, and the long, hot summer approaches. But it is still tolerable to be out there in the yard for a little while longer. And, there are some things to plant in May. Here’s what Dan Gill has to say on the subject on edible things to plant this month in Louisiana:
mirliton (plant the sprouted fruit)
sweet potato (slips)
tomatoes (heat tolerant)
I’m coming out with it, my beds are still empty.
But, maybe, just maybe, we’ll go get the ton of soil we need to fill the raised garden beds we built last year, and we won’t go another Spring without a garden.–I’ll get back to you in May.– In the meantime, these are edible things to plant in Southern Louisiana, care of Dan Gill and his book, Month to Month Gardening in Louisiana.
mirliton (plant sprouted fruit)
sweet potato (slips)
Alright! We are all fired up and ready to garden! This is our year! We are going to get that yard beautiful, or at least presentable…
Today at Delgado’ City Park campus, the school’s horticultural club is having its GrowthWorks Plant Sale, which is said to include: house plants, landscape plants, herbs, gingers, small cacti and succulents. It’s from 9-2., today and tomorrow.
Now where my nerds at? Tonight at 7:30, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, NPR presents “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”–the super-nerdy (and funny) weekly news quiz. Seriously, every episode boasts limericks. And, if I was just slightly nerdier, I would write one right now about “Wait, Wait” coming to New Orleans. What rhymes with Poundstone? Last I heard this thing was selling out fast. But come on, you’re a nerd, I’m sure you can call your man at WWNO to hook you up, or, if nothing else, scour Craig’s List. If that doesn’t work, just stay home and desperately try to be one of the callers that get through and play for a chance to win Carl Kasell‘s voice on your home answering machine! Isn’t that cute? Remember answering machines?
Okay, so my yard still looks like this. And last month was way too cold to really getting anything going out there. But! I am resolved to start getting it together this month. It looks like the frigid temperatures are behind us, and after this wet mid-week, this weekend is looking perfect for gardening.
You know, I recently spent some time ruminating about whether it is worth it to garden. After this unusually cold winter with all these freezes that destroyed my friends’ gardens, I thought, “What’s the point?” And even if there aren’t freezes, everything eventually dies. And don’t even get me started on annuals, how depressing. But, then, I thought about how that is the nature of life and love, too, isn’t it? To everything a season, blahbity blah. So, I officially come down on the side of, “It is better to have gardened and lost, then to never have gardened at all.” So let’s pilfer from Dan Gill some more, shall we? You really should buy his book, Month to Month Gardening Louisiana.
Here are edible things to plant in March:
(transplants of these things):
There are two events around mid-day today that interest me, and they are almost diametrically opposed in content. The silly part of me really wants to go the Psychic Fun Fair. It starts at 11am at the House of Broel, a Victorian mansion on St. Charles Avenue that houses a doll house museum (!) and, apparently, is also a popular place for weddings. The Psychic Fun Fair features readings with over a dozen psychics, including National Enquirer columnist Maria Shaw (!) $10. Now, if you’re going to this with a recently engaged girlfriend who is scoping out places for her wedding, DO NOT let her get a reading about her husband to be or anything crazy like that. If you do, I see a meltdown in your future.
Now, the deadly serious part of me wants to go over to Audubon Zoo, where the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is giving a lecture entitled, “Back to the Future: The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008,” at 2 p.m. in the Dominion Auditorium. It’s important for the rational among us to gather and meet and make sure the world doesn’t turn into Mike Judge’s vision in Idiocracy.
Or we can scrap all this grappling with the larger concepts and head over to City Park Botanical Gardens (which, btw, is another great spot for a wedding) for “The Tidy Garden: Garden Chores and Pest Control,” which is part of a series on creating sustainable gardens. You need to preregister, so call 864-2009 to see if there are any spots left for 12:30 p.m. Lord knows I need the help.