Story of Nature

Hey Nature
You are quite a painter!
For months you spread color
To enliven the decor;
From your infinite palette
Emerge creations to suit every palate;
When you paint a picture
’tis always pretty as a picture;
Then you whiten the canvas
And we ponder if it’s our loss;
We seek reason
You provide season;
Thence you start all over
We wait to behold that future!

Arctic chill

Caught in the vortex of an arctic chill
Everything appears frozen and still!
Chance of stepping out in shorts is practically nil
Dressing in layers has become a daily drill!

I asked my good friend Bill
“Is there hope for a warm Spring still”?
Staring at the sky he said “Look forward to more spill”
All talk of warm weather is rumor mill!

Can someone either give me a chill pill
Or reveal secret to keep down the heating bill?
Hope for something better springs eternal still
Wish I could change the weather at will! πŸ™‚

Raj Farm: Status call 3 notes

Plant Manager (PM) Raj : Howdy folks, hope you had a great time past few weeks. Thanks for checking in. Sorry for the call cancellations past 3 weeks, had to take care of some personal work. But Raj Farm has been buzzing with activity even during my absence

Customer: It’s alright, family comes first

PM Raj: Thanks for the understanding, really appreciate it. Status of Raj Farm project will be presented individually by plant module leaders from each plant team. Before we get started let me introduce new member added to Team Basil, basil plant! This new addition to the team is experienced and expected to provide a fillip to Team Basil. He has been there and done that. Welcome to Raj Farm project team, basil plant. Do you want to introduce yourself to this team and say Hi to the larger team, my man Basil?

Basil Plant: Thanks for the kind words, I look forward to interacting and growing with other teams and show the kind of progress this great team expects and is used to.

PM Raj: Thanks, we look forward to you being a valuable member of the plant team and guide the summerlong basil seeds along the way. Ok, Team Tomato module leader will be up first!

Team Tomato module leader: Good afternoon. I am speaking on my behalf of both the plants and once upon a time seeds. Team did great last week. We developed and grew together very well. Our team would like to thank our move to new office pots to accommodate our growth. As you can see we have started blooming! In few weeks we plan to add more color and you should see all the efforts bear fruit. I will let the humans decide whether you call us a vegetable or fruit. Humans are good at fighting over relatively insignificant things like nomenclature πŸ˜€

PM Raj: Thanks Team Tomato and good progress. Your point about human beings fighting over inane stuff is well taken πŸ™‚ Team Cucumber, your turn next!

Team Cucumber module leader: Hi All, out team has been been outstanding and beating expectations. This week was not different. We grew by leaps and bounds. When we deliver your thirst will be quenched for sure barring anything unexpected happening. I would like to point out we have been facing challenges from the RabMunks combine.

Customer: What are the RabMunks?

Team Cucumber module leader: Sorry, that’s our term for the voracious and rapacious team of rabbits and chipmunks. We would appreciate assistance to keep them at bay.

PM Raj: Thanks Cucumber team, we will put in a word with the RabMunks and try to convince them to eat delicious grass in the lawn instead. Will be useful in reducing maintenance work too πŸ˜‰ Team Pepper, your turn next!

Team Pepper module leader: Without a doubt we are the hottest team. This week the seed team showed growth and development across the board. It was a good week.

PM Raj: Thanks Pepper Team, Garlic/Chives/Oregano Team your turn now.

Garlic/Chives/Oregano Team: Our team is a low key team and we believe in building a strong base first. You don’t see much at this time but we promise that in a few weeks you will be impressed by our results.

PM Raj: Thanks Garlic/Chives/Oregano Team, we appreciate all the hard work under the soil. Final update from Team Basil

Team Basil module lead: Thanks PM Raj, you have reserved the best for the last πŸ˜‰ With addition of experienced Basil to our team things are looking good and lifted the team spirit

PM Raj: Thanks Basil, appreciate the improvement. Before we wrap up I would like to add couple of words. Some of the seed teams (cilantro, lavender, Summerlong basil) might have felt overwhelmed by excess soil over them. That is a lesson learned. Another lesson is starting early in spring if seeds are going to be used. Project status is Green this week too. Detailed status report will be sent separately

Thanks a lot, everyone. Have a great one before our next status call!

Raj Farm: Status call 1 notes

Raj Farm status report for week# 1

Howdy folks!

Thanks for checking in. Below is status report for Raj plant project for the week# 1 along with issues and action items from this morning’s status call.

Attendees: Team tomato (plant and seeds), Team cucumber, Team pepper (plant and seedlings), Team garlic/chives (seeds), Team basil (stubborn seeds), Team lavender (stubborn seeds),

Meeting Minutes: PM (Plant Manager) Raj opened the call and each team presented current status.

Team tomato (plant and seeds): Combination of off the shelf plant and seeds have worked well. Team tomato seed also likely to get good support from Team hibiscus of last year to stand tall. At the current rate of growth on track to deliver 2 tomatoes for the season before Fall!
Team cucumber: Impressive growth. Way to go! Will be interesting to see if this team continues at the same pace.
Team pepper (plant and seedlings): Nothing like friendly competition to spur growth. Planting sapling in the same pot as seeds has stirred the seeds into seedlings.
Team garlic/chives (seeds): Showing some life after slow start
Team basil/Team lavender (stubborn seeds): Not much progress here. PM with escalate if trend continues next week.

Highlight of the week: Impressive showing by Team tomato and Team cucumber

Issue: Team basil/Team lavender no show. Owner: PM Raj, Plan of action: Augment growth by adding slow release plant food to the mix, if needed, Due Date: Tomorrow

Risk: Rabbit feasting on what sprouts and tender saplings. Owner: PM Raj, Plan of Action: Monitor the situation carefully and provide cover as needed.

Action Items:
1) Water plants, Owner/s: Nature/PM Raj, Frequency: Daily
2) Maintain balanced exposure to sunlight for promoting growth, Owner: PM Raj, Planned Action: Check if plants drooping due to lack of sunlight or wilting under too much heat and move pots accordingly. Due Date: tomorrow

Plant project current status: Green (What else did you expect from a plant project πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ )

In praise of Fall

Nature is putting on quite a show
When you look out you will surely know;
You see an explosion of color
It’s nature’s gift for you to savor!

This time of the year is known as fall
Many a tree will see its leaves fall;
Witness the magic before the leaves are shed
As they turn yellow , orange or red !

Behind the fall colors and the frisson
Is an important life lesson;
You can either choose to worry about the future
Or live in the present and spread joy like nature!

In praise of Summer

Summer was quite hot
Boring it surely was not!
Who would have thought
I would be a grower
Of vegetables and flower
And happy to be a farmer!

Summer is now getting cool
As kids return to school;
Fond memories of dry air
Making way for nip in the air!
Nice to cool off under the fountain
Before warm weather draws the curtain!