Move Over, Rover.
I'm pleased to announce the advent of a new blog, eatcology.com, one with a broader and slightly different focus, but one that I hope you'll enjoy never-the-less.
Eatcology focuses on the intersection of community food systems, ecology, and design. This nexus will allow practical garden design concerns to be interlinked with more science and theory-based explorations, visits to actual organic farms, reviews of public garden design, tasty recipes (helpfully categorized by seasonality-of-ingredients), and some attention to food policy stuff.
Prep the Pantry,
We're Keeping the Harvest!
I have found that though I preserve in abundance, I am frequently precious about using it once it has been put up! Thus, I recommend taking a section of your pantry and divvying up the shelves / shelf space into the months of low garden output. For some folks, that's just January through March, for others it's October through May.
Once this is done, as you can things, put them on the shelves not in like groups (tomato tomato tomato, jelly jelly jelly), but apportioned throughout the winter: one for November, one December, one for January...
Potatoes: in by St. Paddy's Day
With so many of you dashing around to stuff some potatoes in the ground before the Equinox (but the Irish holiday is much more memorable, and gives a little cushion for the stragglers), I should have put together my potato growing page this week. I did not.
A) I did get page on Growing Strawberries loaded, and...
B) I'll offer you a little help with potatos for now. Read More...
The light! The end of the tunnel!
Yes, the end of winter is near, but Even Better: We're almost done with this wild and crazy rebuild. Broken links will be fixed by the end of the weekend. Thanks for your patience. The new format is going to all us to expand our offerings radically.
But! Speaking of the end of winter... Those odd mid-winter warm weeks are happening across the country. I call that week "Rose Pruning Week." It's the perfect time to prune roses and most other fall blooming plants. You want o be outside, and they have all their juice in the ground still.
Sharpen your pruners, and sterilize them when you move from one plant to another (little rubbing alcohol does it), and have a wonderful time.
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