The (Un) Caged Bird

"Let the beauty we love be what we do." – Rumi


Gardening Diary – March 30, 2013

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today and since this was the first free day I’ve had where it’s been 50 degrees I spent a few hours in my garden.  I really love gardening and have had an urban garden for a few years now.  Gardening is a magical experience for me as I am always in awe of something or other and watching my plants grow inspires me and makes me happy and grateful to be alive.    I thought I’d share my gardening experiences here on my blog as a way to share with others and as a personal record of what I’ve done.  It was so nice to be out in the sun with my hands in the dirt today!

– Cleaned out herb beds of weeds.  Trimmed back rose bush, sage, rosemary, oregano, mint, catnip, and terragon.

– Planted garlic.  (I had planted broccoli for the past two years in the spot where I’m planting the garlic, crop rotation seemed like a good idea.)

– Thinned out carrots.  The carrots from last year reseeded and so I had to go through and thin them out.  Bonus, no new planting though.  Last year was my first year to grow carrots so I wanted to experiment this year with letting the carrots reseed, worked well.

– Harvested brussels sprouts.   Last year was also the first year that I grew brussels sprouts and I had not harvested any of them but let them continue to grow and winter it out.   I harvested two stalks today and have two more to harvest.

– Clean out spinach, harvest a little, plant more spinach seeds.   The spinach I planted in the fall was so still alive and growing so I cleaned it up and thinned it out a bit.  Then, I planted more seeds that I harvested from last years spinach crop to fill out the bed. Mulch spinach bed with dried tomato stalks from last season.

– Make new bed and plant poppy seeds.  I discovered a packet of poppy seeds when I was sorting through my seeds and decided to make an area next to my front stairway into a bed for poppies.  I planted half a packet of the poppy seeds in the new bed and held half a packet back for the bed I’ll have to create on the other side.


Herb bed with spicy oregano, rosemary, sage and a rose bush.


Herb bed number two with oregano, spearmint, and tarragon.


Garlic bed, not much to see right now. I planted around sixteen cloves in rows four by four.


The portion of the carrot bed that I worked on today. You can see where I separated the patch into rows.


Brussels sprout stalks.


Spinach bed with tomato stalk mulch. Ms. M is inspecting my work. 🙂


l New bed planted with poppy seeds.


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Harvest! The brussels sprouts, spinach, and a single carrot were my rewards for my efforts.




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Lovely Links: Weekly Round Up – Goodness, Inspiration, and Innovation

Quote of the week:

“Oh curious one, do not worry about what may come. You are here to live, to love and to learn every step of the way. You are constantly learning, discovering and becoming anew every moment. You have the full support of your Creator and when you know this all obstacles will fall away and you will join happily the dance of Life! Each moment is precious, no matter what it may contain, savor its flavor and then let it go!” 

– Jackson Kiddard, author & polymath. ( This was in one of The Daily Love e-mails I received.  Still haven’t signed up? Do it! It’s daily nourishment for the spirit.)

The Dutch are serious innovative designers.  I would love to move back there one day.  Just one tiny genius example,  This Heineken WOBO: 2 in 1 brick and beer bottle shows the potential for function and form, reusing and repurposing.

I’m against toxic cosmetics to begin with but the fact  they are often tested on animals is worse.  This graphic performance art demonstration by Lush really drives the point home of animal cruelty in cosmetics testing. I think people need to see things sometimes in a light that allows them to relate by feeling a sense of sameness. Lush Fights Animal Cruelty with Public Human Torture Art Performance.

Just when I was at the point of despair that the world really will be reduced to its state in Wall – E,  I read this awesome story.  Now, I have a desire to stay at the Waldorf-Astoria because of their support of bees. Roof of Waldorf-Astoria is home to bees!

Social media makes me incredibly nervous.  I admit that I just don’t want or need hundreds to thousands of people knowing what I do every day, how I do it, and who I do it with.  I’ve been a serious social media oversharer, undersharer, and am trying to now become a quality content sharer.  Nice points in this article. Selective Truth and Social Media.  Some simple guidelines to help you become a better social media information sharer. –

Confidence lies in you!  You do not need outside validation all the love and support you need has to come from within.

Learning to be yourself.  We all feel tempted at times to be something we’re not just to have people like us.  We’re all different and it’s okay.

Duolingo.  Learn a language for free while helping to translate the web. (Limited to three languages right now.)

Why creative geniuses hated school.

Indiana by the numbers. I live in Indiana and the state of our environmental health is extremely poor, so is the state of our people for that matter.  This article simply and concisely conveys a summary of Indiana’s state of being.

Bodies we want, naked Olympians .  That pretty much says it all. 🙂

34 places to swim in the world’s clearest water .  Adding all of these places to my bucket list.  In the meantime, if you can’t go (which I can’t)  these images are lovely places to take a mental vacation to.

I’m too emotional.  I have heard this SO many times.  Which has led me to berate myself endlessly for being “too sensitive”, “too emotional” and “too expressive”.  If you are just “too much” (supposedly), please read this!  We are perfect as we are, let’s embrace it and stop suppressing ourselves and offending our souls.

9 Natural Phenomenon you couldn’t see 100 years ago .  I alternately title this article, 9 reasons that I am grateful to be living now versus 100 years ago so that I can see all of these beautiful and wonderful things.  Nice positive points to living in the now.  Always good to count the blessings and look for the positive.

5 super efficient tiny new york apartments.  Because it’s not always the size that counts but what you do with it! 🙂 Efficiency makes me happy, I can’t help it.  Efficiency generally means simplicity and organization, two things I absolutely adore.

NY’s first self powered building.  More reasons for me to find hope for the future!  This is just incredibly awesome to me, I can’t wait to see the future with steps like this being made.  Living earth friendly and people friendly can and will go hand in hand.

21  Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.  I wish the news consistently covered the good instead of focusing on the awful. Maybe the news does air good stories these days?  I have no idea.  I don’t watch television and haven’t for ages.  Luckily, the net has some great stories of goodness.  This series of images will give you a nice dose of feel good imagery.