besides mostly everything still being alive, the biggest surprise was this sprout! i have tried to grow these scarlet runner beans a few years now and they either get knocked down or torn out mistaken for something else, or they just don't sprout! my guess is that they'd rather be in the ground than started in a cup, but with my track record i thought if they won't start this way, i'll never start these beans. and voila! not only did it sprout but it seems to grow super quick.. gotta get it in the ground soon!
Matt's lettuce patch is doing really well too. it seems something else besides us is enjoying it, but we've snagged a few delicious crispy leaves for ourselves. i love the colour! i'm hoping i have more seeds to throw down to continue growing lettuce later in the season.
besides the garden, another thing that is flourishing is the community around it. this house has always have five or six tenants, but the back yard was rarely used, it was left to become overgrown. since Matt and i have moved in, we have converted it into somewhere nice to hang out, grow food and relax. now when i arrive home from work more often than not everyone that is home is in the back yard either cooking on the fire or coals, hanging out with the dogs or checking out the gardens. i love it!
[upcycled truck tire rim into fire pit]
the culture part of permaculture.. the human connections, those are just as important as the networks being built in the garden. somewhere along the way people are losing touch with the sense of community and working together, and i think these things are just as important to cultivate as the food is.
that being said, we have done a lot of networking at the farmers' market, and if my timing is right, i should be able to get in on the good stuff today. gotta fly! it's good to be home... <3