Historic pre-earthquake San Francisco, 1906, with full sound design. Background: Shot on April 14, 1906, just four days before the San Francisco earthquake a…
(Photo: Prelinger Archives.)
This has nothing to do with either food or flowers, but it is a mesmerizing piece of film - and hair-raising, too. Note that there were NO stoplights or even stop signs on Market Street in 1906, nor did cars seem to observe any manner of traffic laws (and San Franciscans complain bitterly about careless drivers today, so I suppose not much has changed).
It fascinates me that the clock tower at Ferry Plaza, looming at the end of the car’s run, is still there today, virtually unchanged, even as buildings a few yards away were leveled.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it’s probably been getting a workout this winter. Here’s P. Allen Smith’s advice on using that wood ash as a top dressing and soil supplement in your vegetable garden, on the off-chance that spring ever comes!
SGT #3 – While we’re at it, compost can be a mulch but mulch is not compost!!!! GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD ALREADY!!!
Mulch is a large category of materials that can be used to cover your soil in order to block weeds and to aid in moisture retention. Examples are gravel, wood chips, broken pottery, landscape fabric, and – compost. Compost is a mix of well decomposed green matter (fresh leaves, grass, fruit and vegetable scraps) and brown matter (dry leaves, newspaper, cardboard, wood scraps), and is used in many ways to improve soil structure. Again – compost can be a mulch, but mulch can’t be a compost.