Posted by Garden Rant on July 10, 2015 at 7:23 am This post has 2 responses.
Posted by Garden Rant on July 10, 2015 at 7:23 am This post has 2 responses.
What do gardening and Japanese anime culture have in common? There are probably a number of strange intersections, but this is the only one I know about. And it’s weird. The Ripe Boyfriend Cultivation Set home gardening kits ask us to imagine vegetables and herbs as sexy young men....Read related articles in: Eat This
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on April 20, 2015 at 8:00 am This post has 2 responses.
My heart goes out to urban dwellers with no access to a winter Farmer’s Market. Just as the twinkle lights on trees and houses offer comforting pinpoints of light in the dark winter nights, farm stands with freshly made products remind us that good local foods (not to mention...Read related articles in: Drink This, Eat This, Taking Your Gardening Dollar
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on December 17, 2014 at 12:50 am This post has 11 responses.
Guest post by Kimberly Bryant What difference can a garden make? To newly arrived refugees in America, the answer is plenty. It’s no secret that gardening is a pleasant way for the average person to get in touch with nature, but it holds an even deeper meaning for those...Read related articles in: Eat This, Guest Rants
Posted by Kimberly Bryant on November 27, 2014 at 7:53 am This post has 3 responses.
By Amanda Morris, Ph.D Twisted, dessicated, browned vines droop across their cages, all life and vitality wrecked by powdery mildew, too much water, not enough air, and failed planning. These are my spaghetti squash, Honey Bear acorn squash, Jubilee watermelon, Sugar Baby watermelon, and honeydew plants; a pitiful display...Read related articles in: Eat This, Guest Rants
Posted by Amanda Morris on August 28, 2014 at 6:41 am This post has 19 responses.
Guest Rant by Amy Campion If we gardeners agree on anything, it’s that compost is wonderful stuff. We can never have enough of it. We make it ourselves in heaps and bins and barrels, and we ask for more of it on our birthdays. Compost makes clay soil loosen...Read related articles in: Eat This, Guest Rants
Posted by Amy Campion on July 22, 2014 at 8:05 am This post has 20 responses.
Upstart food forests — designed landscapes incorporating perennial and woody plants that produce food — are popping up around the US, inspired no doubt by Seattle’s new Beacon Hill Food Forest as well as successful older sites including Mercy Emily Edible Park on 18 vacant lots in Philadelphia and...Read related articles in: Eat This, What's Happening
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on July 16, 2014 at 2:01 am This post has 12 responses.
Why do people hate and fear trees? It seems incredible, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support such a bizarre conclusion. During a recent afternoon at my regular salon, the owner told me about an encounter with a neighbor. She has a large elm tree in the back...Read related articles in: Feed Me, It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 am This post has 24 responses.
I recommend a fascinating article in Wednesday’s Food Section of the Washington Post this week: “Organic standards fight over synthetics shows there’s room for a third system,” starting with the news that proposed broadening of organic standards brought out the protesters at a recent meeting, and the police had to...Read related articles in: Eat This, Science Says
Posted by Susan Harris on June 20, 2014 at 11:03 am This post has 16 responses.
Poi, a traditional edible starch of the tropics, made from the ground corms of taro, can’t keep up with its popular starchy rivals—potato, corn and rice. But its ornamental qualities have come out of the shadows in the last ten years. The tropical plant, commonly known as elephant...Read related articles in: Eat This, Unusually Clever People
Posted by Allen Bush on May 14, 2014 at 6:38 am This post has 9 responses.
Delayed almost a month by an unusually cold and prolonged winter, our friend Gini–an avid arborist– arrived the other day to give us our first lesson in orchard pruning. We were anxious to begin work on the more than 100 young fruit trees we acquired when we bought our...Read related articles in: Eat This
Posted by Ed Bruske on March 28, 2014 at 8:05 am This post has 18 responses.
Think of Thanksgiving dishes you most dread and mashed rutabaga probably springs first to mind. What was that vaguely bitter orange stuff Aunt Tilly was so fond of anyway? Outside Minnesota, rutabaga have all the appeal of a dead skunk on the highway. Or do you have to be...Read related articles in: Eat This, Guest Rants
Posted by Ed Bruske on February 6, 2014 at 8:37 am This post has 3 responses.
Public food forests are a shiny new trend in the United States. Focused on perennial crops such as fruit- and nut-bearing trees and shrubs, they embody the values of permaculture (which I’ve touted elsewhere) : generosity, abundance, good health and nutrition, and food security. If they are developed and...Read related articles in: Feed Me, Lawn Reform, Public Gardens, What's Happening
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on February 5, 2014 at 3:49 am This post has 26 responses.
One year, three friends and I decided to make a vegetable garden together. It would be built on one of our properties in the suburbs west of Minneapolis, and all of us would help maintain it and share in the harvest. We built the garden in a mowed area...Read related articles in: Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Eat This, Feed Me, Real Gardens, Shut Up and Dig
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on January 15, 2014 at 2:54 am This post has 32 responses.
No need for me and my fellow Idahoans to sit at home and watch the New Yorkers having all the fun… now Boise has a locally grown New Year’s Eve tradition: an evening of magic shows, live music, street food, and general merrymaking, capped off by dropping a giant...Read related articles in: Eat This, Feed Me, Tune In, What's Happening
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on January 1, 2014 at 4:42 am This post has 11 responses.
We love to think of chickens frolicking in open pastures, living the “sustainable” life by chasing bugs and laying big, beautiful eggs. But have you ever wondered what happens when winter arrives and those free-ranging hens have to deal with snow? When I started our flock in the salad...Read related articles in: Feed Me
Posted by Ed Bruske on December 20, 2013 at 8:44 am This post has 7 responses.
How does a gardenblogger find something to write about in December? By jumping at the chance to taste-test produce for the USDA, that’s how, at least if it’s just 5 minutes from home. Anyway, I was curious about the process, starting with the detailed pre-test instructions – no eating/drinking...Read related articles in: Eat This, Science Says
Posted by Susan Harris on December 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm This post has 47 responses.
It’s ironic that by far the largest and most beautiful garden catalogs I receive are for the smallest commodities. And some might find it sad that I never buy any of these small items. Seeds are really cheap for all they can deliver, and nobody celebrates the glory of...Read related articles in: Eat This, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on November 25, 2013 at 8:56 am This post has 4 responses.
If the FDA’s proposed food safety regulations go through, the use of animal manure on farms over a certain size, or which supply food to supermarkets, will be severely limited. According to this NPR story (and I am sure it has appeared in other news outlets), when farmers spread...Read related articles in: Eat This, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on November 21, 2013 at 9:38 am This post has 25 responses.
They arrived in cars, vans, and buses from all over the United States. The National FFA Organization (formerly The Future Farmers of America) came to Louisville in late October for their annual convention. Nearly 50,000 thousand boys and girls swarmed the city, decked out in perma-press white shirts, neckties...Read related articles in: Feed Me
Posted by Allen Bush on November 13, 2013 at 7:20 am This post has 6 responses.