Hehe I was getting ready for bed and realized I hadn't posted tonight. I spent most of the evening watching almost two hours of The World According to Monsanto on YouTube. Sure it's biased, but man is it damning... One must agree that if you own the seed patents such that any crop grown with that seed or any crop grown from that plant seed ever, you own the world. Food=Life Now they're buying up water rights in countries known for water shortages to force small farmers out of business such that huge farming companies that buy their product can take over.
The other day I saw on Yahoo a series on the Doomsday Vault. Yep, I've been spending more time on the internet than watching the boob-tube... Another interesting series. Who knew that one unforseen consequence of the Iraq and Afghanastan wars that their national seed repositories were destroyed or raided. The impact was the same. Thousands of years of seed history is gone. Also, 100 years ago there were 7,500 different apples grown in the U.S., now there are less than 200. Over 7,000 apples are extinct.
Between the Monsanto series and the Doomsday Vault series, I now see the benefits and lure of heirloom seeds. I may have to look into that next year. The final word on that is who knew in buying Round-up I was promoting the destruction of non-genetically modified seeds. Grrr.
The only other thing I've got for tonight is that I read that in Seattle we've had the coldest first week of June on record. They started keeping track in 1891. The peas liked it, and I guess the greens did, but my beans and corn have done nada this week. And Judy said my beans would take off right now. They started to shoot up, but then just stopped. I'm guessing they'll start back up again if the weather heats up soon. Not sure if 67, 63 and 63 count for heating up, but those are the expected highs for the last part of the week. I guess it beats the mid 50s. /sigh
Enjoy your garden and may it be pest and disease free. Tis the season for pests it seems. It may sound bad but I'm glad I'm not the only one. It would be painful if I was in my first year.