Hi there. I'm tired. Super-duper tired. Regular life combined with lots and lots of gardening and lots and lots of socializing these past few weeks has left me utterly exhausted. It's not over. Tomorrow I've got 3 and a half yards of mulch coming and I'll be spreading it over all of the beds this week. I've got basil that was screaming to be harvested yesterday waiting in a glass on the counter. I'll make pesto tomorrow.

The oil "leak" weighs heavily on my mind. I wish that my fellow Americans would take this moment in history to rally together and vow to decrease our national dependence on oil. Sure, oil fuels our cars, but that's only one piece of the puzzle. So much of what we come across everyday comes from oil. Making better choices on a case by case basis is the only way to reduce our dependency. Each household has to do it in the way that works best for the family. Here, straight from End Oil's site is a starter list of products that are made from oil. Check out their site - it's informative, a great place to get new ideas for reducing oil dependency.

Examples of products we use (or encounter) every day that contain petroleum are:

GASOLINE Gasoline is used primarily in light- and medium-duty cars and trucks. 45% of all oil used in the U.S. goes to gasoline, which means we consume in excess of 180 million gallons of gasoline a day.

DIESEL FUEL Diesel, unless it is “biodiesel”, is made from refining crude oil. It is generally used in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles requiring a great deal of power and torque, like garbage trucks, road equipment, buses, and trains.

HEATING OIL Heating oil is a petroleum product used to fuel furnaces or boilers. In the U.S., most heating oil is consumed in the northeast.

JET FUEL The standard type of jet fuel, Jet A, is a petroleum product with a number of additives to prevent sparking, gumming, corrosion, and icing.

BUNKER FUEL Bunker fuel, which is also know as heavy oil, is used to power ships. It typically contains a high number of pollutants and contaminants. Use is increasing with the shipping associated with global commerce.

PLASTICS All plastic, unless it is “bioplastic”, is made from petrochemicals. Every product made from or containing plastic is a product that exists only through the distillation of petroleum.

SYNTHETIC RUBBER Synthetic rubber is used for car tires and rubber soles on shoes. The demand for synthetic rubber is four times greater than that for natural rubber.

FERTILIZERS/PESTICIDES All major commercial fertilizers are ammonia based, made from natural gas, and most commercial pesticides come from oil.

PAINT Plastic and oil based paints, as well as paint additives, are manufactured from petrochemicals.

DETERGENT All soapless detergents used to wash clothes and dishes are derived from the petrochemical glycerin.

PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM Photographic film is a product of the petrochemical ethylene.

PLASTICS All plastic is made from petrochemicals. Every product made from or containing plastic is a product that exists only through the distillation of petroleum.

FOOD ADDITIVES (canned food) Food additives, derived from petrochemicals, help to increase the shelf life of canned food.

MEDICINE (pill bottles) Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), the active ingredient in many pain reliever medicines, is manufactured from petrochemicals.

SYNTHETIC FIBERS (such as clothes, curtains, and carpets) Polyester, nylon, acrylic are all derived from petrochemicals. They are used for curtains, carpets, rope and even the clothes you wear.

MAKE-UP Make-up, containing oils, perfumes, waxes and color, are derived from petrochemicals.

DYES The majority of dyes we use, ranging anywhere from pens to hair dye, come from petrochemicals.

CANDLES Wax is a raw petroleum product.


In the meantime, my plants soothe me. Our summer squash has fruit, and that's not all - so do our peppers and tomatoes! Our lettuce multiplies daily, which is a bit scary. If you don't like eating enormous salads twice a day, don't come here! Soon we'll have more peas than we can count. It's a wonderful harvest already, and the season hasn't even begun. We are so lucky. So, so lucky.


Check out our upside down tomato: this is a new thing for us. We'll see if the chatter is right, that you see larger yields from the upside down plants.

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My name is Jillian. I started this blog as a way to experiment with my camera and it's a become a nice little spot where I enjoy spending time. I'm a mother to 6 and 4 year old daughters, wife to a cool computer guy, and mama to a cuddly cat. We enjoy eating local, organic food; managing several food allergies; homeschooling with love; spending time in nature; and we love to take time each day to be creative. You can also find me over at From Scratch Club from time to time. Welcome!