Ward House

Busy weekend

This weekend was very full and rewarding. Highlights:

  • Saturday was my post to Homemakers Who Work on Simple Gifts.
  • One cannot use white vinegar on garden plants without first diluting it (or at all for that matter). <- another story
  • Our lifestyle fits the definition of agrarian.

Our cabbage and sprouts are battling cabbage caterpillars. Up until Sunday morning, Ronnie and I have been donning our garden gloves, hunting and squishing these little buggers. A coworker suggested I make up a spray of undiluted white vinegar with cayenne and spray the plants down. It should take care of the caterpillars. Ok, sounds good. We sprayed the plants and took off for Roanoke to pick up my girls and do some quick shopping. Upon arriving home, Ronnie went out to the garden and found these plants burned and wilted. Now, I know that vinegar is a mild acid and why I did not think to question my coworking one can only guess. I only found to ‘pillers yesterday and believe that the plants will survive and still create edible heads; however, Ronnie was so disheartened that he was ready to give up gardening. *shakes head sadly* I know that he will not give it up; however. . .

Oh, and apparently you cannot plant black and red raspberries near each other. I am still researching the details; however, if anyone else has heard of why and/or a way around this let me know. We already have established black raspberry bushes. I do not want to jeopardize this by planting red raspberries near them. Hmmm.

And on a completely random note, labeling people and lifestyles can be dangerous. While reading this post by Sharon of Casabon’s book, it struck me that we would also be considered agrarian by lifestyle. Yes, I post articles for the Agrarian Times and ramble on here and yet had never really defined agrarian. What does this mean? Wikipedia defines agrarian as

is a social and political philosophy which stresses the viewpoint that a rural or semi-rural lifestyle, most especially agricultural pursuits such as farming or ranching, leads to a fuller, happier, cleaner, and more sustainable way of life for both individuals and society as a whole.

Apparently Thomas Jefferson was a strong supporter of this lifestyle. In his 1785 letter to John Jay he writes

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtous, & they are tied to their country & wedded to it’s liberty & interests by the most lasting bonds.”

When you have the moment, take a read through the letter. Mr. Jefferson was an amazing thinker, very educated and well spoken. We should be so lucky!


June 29, 2009 - Posted by | Gardening, Homemakers Who Work, self sufficiency

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