Gardening well underway
It's now May and the Gardening season is well underway. I am noticing very dry conditions as I prep and plant garden beds this year. I had a neighbour to one of my gardens comment yesterday that there was a large dust cloud rising up over the fence while I was roto-tilling. We had unusually dry spring conditions last year as well. In past years I have placed fabric row covers on my early season plantings as protection from frost, now I am still covering with the same fabric but now the main purpose is to help retain moisture in the soil.
This lack of moisture has me thinking a lot about climate change and our impacts on the earth. Sometimes I feel as though most of us are unconsciously sleep walking through life. Are we rushing around in such a hurry that we are unable to notice the drastically changing weather patterns? Do we think that as Saskatchewanians we are immune to the disastrous impacts of our ever increasing consumerism? Are we so consumed with making more money that we fail to notice the urgency of our water situation?
I have recently been to Buffalo Pound, this is where the residences of both Moose Jaw and Regina source their tap water. Frankly it scares the SH*# out of me when I consider all the toxins that are in that lake. I often wonder why it causes such tension and defensiveness when we try to start a conversation about all the cancer causing farm chemicals that are leaching into our drinking water source. Do we truly value money over our health. Is it easier to pretend that it isn't happening than to face reality and start discussing the truth of our situation.
I think it is important to think positive and focus on solutions, however, in order to work towards a solution I believe that we first must accept the reality of our situation. With that happy note I will end this rant and head out to the garden where I desperately hope I am making a difference.