Sunday, March 28, 2010

Garden Play List

There's nothing sweeter than some soul lifting music playing as you wack weeds or plant seeds. My newest recommendation is Hey Marseilles. I heard them live this past Thursday at Mississippi Studios. First of all, they rock. Second, these guys are really talented musicians. Hey Marseilles has maybe seven guys in the band, but it sounds like they have 15 because they all play multiple instruments. They delighted and amazed me by constantly switching instruments - both among each other and by pulling from the pile of horns or string instruments or drum sticks cobbled at their feet - and by the passionate intensity with which they played. Their vibe rings of nineteenth century Parisian street performers colliding with modern-day singer/songwriters. If you ever have the chance to see them live, DO IT. The album is dreamy and the live show is like a soul awakening (and much louder and richer... well, maybe I just have pathetic speakers here at home).

Saturday, March 27, 2010

And We're BACK!

Long story short, I left the big law firm mistress for my real life. Back to gardening! So much has happened already this year in my garden world. First, I'm splitting time between Los Angeles and Portland. Second, I've started a garden club here in Portland. Third, since I don't yet have my own yard (house negotiations ongoing), I am engaging in lawn-sharing (other lawn-share enthusiasts) with a delightful pro gardener. She has more yard than she has time to cultivate and I have the need to cultivate. Match made in heaven. Yesterday, we spent more than five hours building raised bed boxes, churning soil, adding fresh delicious soil, working the compost pile, and planting peas. Are we later in the season than I'd hoped? Sure. But, we're making progress! Too boot, a group of high school girls interested in gardening joined us for the day. They worked hard and really enjoyed the learning experience! Most had never planted seeds in their entire life. I LOVE spreading the gospel of gardening.