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It’s All Greek to Me

Kale and Mustard Greens

As much as I am gardening to do my small bit to repair the planet, the other reason is that I like to eat: and I like to eat healthfully as much as I can. Furthermore, I have found over the years that it is the Mediterranean diet that I enjoy the most: Italian, Greek, Provençal, Spanish, North African, Levantine, greens, beans, grains, olive oil, fish and wine. Admittedly, I can’t produce it all, but I can do a little.

Here’s a little scholarship on the subject:

Ljgloyd 2020

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Garden Log: Working Through the Garbage to Get to the Gold

Black Gold

I helped a friend yesterday sift through a compost pile to make two wheelbarrows of fresh compost to put on the garden where I volunteer.   As a little compensation for this work, I was allowed to bring home a bucket of this precious black gold.   In order to rebuild the depleted soil of my own yard I need to spread this mess of decomposed kitchen and plant waste to reintroduce life to the soil— all the way from one-celled organisms to insect life.

It is a lot of hard work to make compost— involving shovels and pitchforks and aching muscles and mud encrusted shoes. It is standing almost to your ankles in muck.

As we worked, I remarked to my colleague, “You’ve got to shovel a lot of *%*% before you can pick any flowers”. She agreed.

Isn’t that a metaphor applicable to all areas of our lives.


ljgloyd 2020




A Small Corner in My Realm

I sometimes feel overwhelmed at the enormity of what we must do to save this planet. As fires rage and oceans rise, as lands become barren and the path we walk along the edge of extinction crumbles away before us, I still feel hope. I am one simple woman. What can I do? I will take my one small corner of green that I am blessed to steward and plant flowers. Sounds silly and naive? Tell that to mourning doves who graze in my garden and the hummingbirds who hover about, and the bees who come looking for my lavender and rosemary. And when I plant milkweed and borage this spring, I hope the butterflies will come. That is what I am doing. Even if all I had was an apartment balcony, I would put out a pot of flowers to feed a passing pollinator. Before I start though, I need to show a little humility and perhaps, to use an old fashioned term, a little repentance for my part in damaging the planet.  Then I will put on my gardening gloves and get to work– sowing one tiny seed at a time. 


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Black and White: Series #1 for 2020

I am not making any new year’s resolutions regarding my creative endeavors.  I figure that instead of vowing to do something creative every day and then beating myself up for not doing it, I will just do something–  today.   I suppose that is a new beginning of a sort.  I went out with my camera yesterday and took over eighty photos of all kinds of subjects.   From them I gleaned these images which I manipulated into black and white compositions.  I’ll see what tomorrow brings— tomorrow.

Stone Wall


Tree Roots


Uprooted Tree


Blue Agave


Reeds in a Pond


Hotel for Solitary Bees

ljgloyd 2020



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Easing into the Roaring Twenties, 2.0

I usually don’t do much on New Year’s Day. It’s the day when I put away my Christmas decorations and think about how I must go back to the day-job in a few days. This New Years, though, is a little different. The “Teens” were a little rough for me, and I am easing — maybe even limping— into the “Twenties” with the hope that this will be the decade when things will change for the better and where I really might finally come into my own.

Today I am sitting in my garden eating lunch, enjoying the sun as it chases away the frigid cold that has burrowed deep into my bones these last few weeks, I am praying, meditating, affirming —whatever you want to call it— that I will enjoy an abundance, —physically, spiritually, creatively, and relationally,— in this new decade.

Let the Roaring Twenties commence.

ljgloyd 2020



Garden Notes: Finding a Direction

If you’ve been around my blog long enough, you will have noticed that I engage in a community gardening project.  The garden I volunteer in provides produce to a local food pantry for those in need. But the garden also serves as a teaching tool for sustainable, organic gardening practices

For the last six months that I have been volunteering  i’ve been puttering around, basically following the directions of the garden manager, but not really knowing the whats and the whys of my actions.  A few days ago, the garden volunteers attended a training conducted by an expert in Permaculture.   I had heard the word tossed about before but really had no idea what it meant.  By the end of the presentation I walked away from the garden energized and eager to know more, in a new direction to take my creative work with the earth.

Here are the notes I wrote in my garden journal after the session:

“… Permaculture is an integrated system of ecological and environmental design—a contraction of the words ‘permanent’ + ‘culture’— originated by Australian researchers Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.   It is a system of principles and tools to redesign communities to live harmoniously with nature–working with nature, not against it —to improve the health of the land and the people who tend it. Permaculture is about rebuilding much-needed relationships with people, the land and the systems that support them. It works to build resilient communities that adapt to changing climate situations….. The three ethics of Permaculture are earth care, people care, and fair share. When people work in harmony with nature, there will be a surplus which can be shared with the whole community.   … Permaculture design principles arise from [a] way of perceiving the world that is often described as systems-thinking and design-thinking… These principles include

  • observe and interact,
  • capture and store energy,
  • get a yield,
  • apply self regulation and accept feedback,
  • use and value renewable resources and services,
  • produce no waste
  • design from patterns to details,
  • integrate rather than segregate,
  • use small and slow solutions,
  • use and value diversity,
  • use edges and value the marginal,
  • creatively use and respond to change…”

We will have another training in a few weeks and I look forward to growing my knowledge in this area. In this world today where so many deny climate change and the unfair distribution of food and resources, tending a garden of this sort is an act of defiance. I am so ready to dig my heels .

Reference links and video




Ljgloyd 2019