Spring is Here!
I don't think I'll do that because the smell can be quite compulsive to those with sensitive nose (like my husband). I guess I'll just toss the residue into my compost container.
Compost Tea (Organic Fertilizer) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CG6BJqnrek&feature=channel
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Yesterday I watched a documentary about an American folk song group 'Peter, Paul and Mary' on PBS.
They are the original singers of many famous songs in the 1960s-70s such as :
If I had a Hammer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UKvpONl3No
San Franciso Bay Blues http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OL-GIBRzGc
When I heard the song 'El Salvador', it made my skin crawled. This song reflected what also happened in Cambodia, where my husband was from. I am glad that there are Americans who have the courage to sing these songs that reflect the wrongdoings of their government.
Noel Paul Stookey and Jim Wallis-
©1983 Neworld Media Music ASCAP
Sung by Peter, Paul and Mary http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/
There's a sunny little country south of Mexico
Where the winds are gentle and the waters flow
But breezes aren't the only things that blow in El Salvador
If you took the little lady for a moonlight drive
Odds are still good you'd come back alive
But everyone is innocent until they arrive in El Salvador
If the rebels take a bus on the grand highway
The government destroys a village miles away
The man on the radio says 'now we'll play South of the Border'
And in the morning the natives say,We're happy you have lived another day
Last night a thousand more passed away in El Salvador
There's a television crew here from ABC
Filming Rio Lempe and the refugees
Calling murdered children the 'tragedy' of El Salvador
Before the government cameras 20 feet away
Another man is asking for continued aid
Food and medicine and hand grenades for El Salvador
There's a thump, a rumble, and the buildings sway
A soldier fires the acid spray
The public address system starts to play South of the Border
You run for cover and hide your eyes
You hear the screams from paradise
They've fallen further than you realize in El Salvador
Just like Poland is 'protected' by her Russian friends
The junta is 'assisted' by Americans
And if 60 million dollars seems too much to spend in El Salvador
They say for half a billion they could do it right
Bomb all day, burn all night
Until there's not a living thing upright in El Salvador
They'll continue training troops in the USA
And watch the nuns that got away
And teach the military bands to play South of the Border
And kill the people to set them free
Who put this price on their liberty?
Don't you think it's time to leave El Salvador?
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I just spoke with my mother on the phone, and I remembered to ask her if she got her green thumbs from my maternal grandmother, an avid gardener. My mother has big pots of plants outside her HDB apartment in Singapore, and she always tend to her plants with tender loving care. I remember whenever we visited my maternal grandmother on weekends when we were young, we would love to hang out around her beautiful flowers and plants. Sadly she passed away in 2000.
My mother confirmed that that is the case, and I told her that I have suddenly become crazy about gardening lately and am wondering why this is happening. So I am not crazy after all since it's just my natural instinct to yearn to dig the soil and see plants growing from seeds.
I told her that since we were successful at growing tomatoes and bell peppers last summer, all praise be to Allah SWT, we are going to try to grow other vegetables e.g. cucumber, beans and peas.
She also gave me a good piece of advice for growing healthy plants: Boil unused parts of vegetables e.g. potato skins, hard stems etc. in a pot of water. When cooled, use this water to water the plants.
Speaking about the love for gardening (aka physical labor), I just heard this wonderful essay by Mary Serten Corby on This I Believe.
Mary Seton Corboy
February 13, 2009
Mary Seton Corboy founded the Greensgrow Farm in 1998. She and her team of gardeners have become a national model of perseverance and commitment to urban farming. Corboy transformed a superfund site into a thriving garden that is still in full swing. In her essay she explores her belief in the power of physical labor.
Hear it here: http://www.whyy.org/podcast/thisibelieve/tib20090213.mp3
Daughter is having a lot of fun watching these plants grow. I let her touch the seedlings in the ziplock bags and explain to her about how a seed grows into a plant. Allah SWT willing I hope that we'll get to enjoy the beans, tomatoes and basil later this summer :)
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