We have a critter. We’ve had a critter for a long while now. I am betting he or she moved in a little over two years ago, the spring after our mountains burned. We are just at the tail end of fire season in Southern California, the time of year when the hillsides and mountain sides are dried to a crisp after the long, hot summer. The Santa Anas, a warm dry wind, swoop in to create ideal fire conditions. This year we seem to have gotten by without any large, devastating fires.
When I was in graduate school some of my professors talked about “different ways of knowing,” meaning different from the standard scientific, quantifiable research. Not that the school didn’t think it was important, but they were also committed to offering us different ways to see the world, different ways to observe, learn, draw conclusions. Many thesis projects took on the form of ethnography or action research. The school had a program that allowed people to gain college credit based on life experience. The professor who ran the program worked with these students to write and demonstrate their learning from those life experiences. I was always in awe that someone could turn their life experience into credit in an academic institution. It seemed to fly in the face of academia, and I was intrigued.
Now that I look back it seems to make perfect sense. I guess, at the time, I didn’t think that I had any life experience that was profound enough to qualify. And, maybe that was so, or not, but I have been reminded this week that sometimes knowing comes with the small things.
I have planted nearly everything that is going into the ground for the summer season. After I pull up the garlic, I will make that bed home to four more tomato plants, as well as a few more eggplant and possibly another zucchini. That leaves one small bed for the peppers, and that is it!
In my very first post for this blog I announced to the world my commitment to grow exclusively from seed this season, and I am sticking to it. I laid out the things I had learned about starting seeds up to that point. Here is that list: Continue reading