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For Goodness Sake: The Future in Blue Corduroy

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 and signature FFA blue corduroy jackets. […]

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Posted by on November 13, 2013 at 7:20 am   This post has 6 responses.

Margaritas in Denver, And a Request for Your Vote

Hey folks!  I’m headed back to Denver this weekend for the Douglas County Library’s Books, Bites, and Brews event. I’m going to give a little botany lesson on margaritas and you’ll get to drink a very well-made specimen.  Don’t you feel smarter already? And in other news–The Drunken Botanist...

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Surprise Me With Grits and Weeds For the Sweet Hereafter

A few years ago, the father of a friend lay near death, and there were the usual matters to clean up before the end. His last will sorted out, the bedridden father was asked: “Do you want to be buried or cremated?” He propped up on his elbows, cocked...

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Posted by on October 23, 2013 at 8:10 am   This post has 6 responses.

White House Kitchen Garden in Shutdown Mode

On the White House food policy blog Obama Foodorama, this post about the condition of the kitchen garden is making headlines.  Seriously.  Are people surprised that gardens need regular staff time or they’ll go to weed?  Maybe readers are glad to see that even this famous garden turns into...

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm   This post has 15 responses.

Feral

In the same way as dog lovers sometimes appreciate cats, vegetable gardeners–who have to exert a great deal of control over their domain–sometimes appreciate a crop that has no particular need for the gardener’s hand. That would mainly be tomatillos. Plant them once, and you need never plant them...

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm   This post has 3 responses.

A Bantam Fan

  I like having bantam hens for the same reason that I like having girl children: pretty. A joy to watch. It was the girls who chose the fancy bantams from the McMurray’s catalog.  They are an assortment, Silkies with fur apres-ski hats, fat little Cochins in black, brown...

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Posted by on September 14, 2013 at 7:24 am   This post has 4 responses.

Have Scythe, Will Farm

I recently woke up with a badly aching right elbow. In fact, I could barely use my arm. Must be Lyme disease, I concluded. Pain in the joints is a primary symptom and I knew I’d been bitten by at least one tick since we purchased a farm property...

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Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 6:46 am   This post has 9 responses.

Please Call them Vegetables–and a Giveaway!

  It started with the pigweed that came up in the rose pot on the edge of my terrace. I didn’t know it was pigweed (and even “pigweed” is problematic since the common name belongs to more than one plant). But eventually I whittled down the rose-invader’s ID to...

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 5:57 am   This post has 26 responses.

The Philosopher Shrugs

It was a sorry tomato season.  Never really hot enough.  Too rainy.  For the first time in a long time, I didn’t start my own seedlings, but bought them at the farmer’s market.  Lots of Brandywines, instead of what I’d have started myself: Paul Robesons, Pineapples, Orange Pastes and...

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Posted by on September 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm   This post has 11 responses.

This Week in Crazy Rhubarb Lady

By now you’ve probably all seen the viral internet video of the crazy, foul-mouthed woman stealing rhubarb from her neighbor’s alley.  If you haven’t, you can watch the video in full here–and remember that it is NSFW.  (And that stands for Not Safe For Work, for those of you...

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 at 6:25 am   This post has 7 responses.

Peach Patrol

Behold a tree that is embroiled in more controversy,  pawed over more regularly, and assaulted by more attention, admiration, disgust, falling maple branches, and drunken wonder than a Real Housewife of Orange County.  A ‘Garnet Beauty’ variety, its checkered history began when the gardener ordered it bare-root from Fedco...

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm   This post has 10 responses.

The Redventure Romp Cocktail

  Many thanks to Beth Evans-Ramos at Mama Knows Her Cocktails for letting us share this bit of deliciousness. Cheers!   My Redventure celery is finally red and ready! I cut my first batch of it for an appetizer plate I was putting together to take to our friends’ house. I...

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Posted by on July 24, 2013 at 6:21 am   This post has 2 responses.

Rant on the Road: New Orleans, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard

Hey folks!  I’m on the road this week and next. There will be cocktails!  See you out there? July 18 2013 12:30 PM – Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA Panelist, “Digging into the Secrets of Tequila”. July 18 2013 06:30 PM – Longue Vue House & Gardens, New Orleans,...

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 at 5:14 am   This post has Comments Off.

Sweat Shopping

First of all, thanks to Amy, Susan, and Elizabeth for your extreme patience in letting me spend 7 or 8 months attempting to organize my life rather than blog posts. Thanks also to the Garden Rant community for your kind words!  I am back in the garden, more or...

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Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 6:03 am   This post has 11 responses.

Don’t engineers even grow tomatoes?

Guest Rant by Rebecca Caley The tomato plants are so thick and sturdy, nothing can bring them down.  That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.  Never trust a tomato.  Their goal is to reproduce by getting rotten tomatoes on the ground.  They will fight the trellis, the cage,...

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm   This post has 54 responses.

It’s For a Good Cause, People!

  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual fundraiser is happening online this year, with all kinds of delightful things up for auction.  I’m donating a Drunken Botanist Book Club in a Box, which includes the following: Ten personally inscribed copies of The Drunken Botanist, for you and your BFFs A...

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 at 8:25 am   This post has one response.

Grafted Tomatoes! A Million of Them!

Holy Brandywine, did you know that over a million grafted tomatoes have been sold in the United States? It’s true! So says Anne Raver in the NYT’s latest dip into the grafted veggie thing. So. Massive, disease-resistant, hardy rootstock pumping out more tomatoes than ever before. Have you tried...

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Posted by on June 5, 2013 at 6:15 am   This post has 14 responses.

I’ll Have My Aronia Cocktail Now, Please.

Earlier this year at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show,  I was hanging out with Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom (and author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens) in her exhibit booth. She had brought a selection of edible landscaping plants — reliable, hardworking shrubs, vines, trees and the like that...

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 at 6:44 am   This post has 7 responses.

The Drunken Botanist Goes to Manhattan…

…and Buffalo.  And Brooklyn.  See you there?  As always, please check with the venue before heading out to confirm details.  Also, there are lots more events coming up around the country–go here to see the complete list. June 06 2013 06:30 PM — The Horticultural Society of New York,...

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 at 8:05 am   This post has 2 responses.

Kale-a-Rama makes me Wonder: Is Veganism the Next Big Thing?

Veganism has been creeping into my consciousness for a while now, but it was the recent vegan festival in my town that makes me wonder if it’s now mainstream.  The festival, modeled after the successful Garlic Festival  in California (now in its 35th year), and billing itself as the...

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 at 8:38 am   This post has 28 responses.
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