Have you ever gotten the most stellar ideas while sleeping, awesome inspirations that come to you in your dreams? When you're laying there half awake, they seem like pure genius. Later on, after you've been awake for a while and are able to think a little more clearly, you realize that your ingenious ideas that came to you in your dreams are actually pretty lame. Last night's dreams allowed me such an experience. I dreamt up a gardening technique that just might help out with starting cold season crops (such as spinach, broccoli, leeks, etc.) from seed during late summer weeks while the soil is still warm. After all, in order for said seeds to germinate, they need the soil to be cool, but the long summer months leave the soil nice and toasty. After the seeds have sprouted, the deadly summer heat should be a thing of the past, and the seedlings should be able to flourish into the fall. So how can you cool down your soil? Why not get a bunch of bags of ice from the grocery store or gas station and spread them out into a shallow trench you've made in the soil. Cover the ice up with the surrounding soil and let it melt for a few hours. Later, sow your seeds and mulch with straw or leaves or whatever. Once the seeds begin to sprout, clear away the mulch until the seedlings are established. Isn't that a great idea?!? Actually it's pretty stupid I guess....But it could work.
Tomorrow I am hopefully going on a 100km bike ride (that's 62 miles!). It's called the Tour de Lentil and it's part of the National Lentil Festival in Pullman, WA. Yes, there is a celebration for lentils, which leads me to believe that there must be a festival or celebration for just about everything. Anyway, I'm really excited about it, so I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. Time to go tune up my bike for tomorrow.