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Spudly

Probably the biggest loss to last year’s flooding in upstate New York was my potato crop. I could have dug them by the end of August, but as the saying goes “shoulda but didnta.” It was a warm summer and potatoes stay better in the ground in August here than they do in my house…

UMASS Permaculture Garden

I got to see it back in November when I gave a talk to a class at UMASS – next time I go there I’m asking for payment in cuttings ;-). Neat videos of how it came together:

Erica at Northwest Edible Life has a great post about her imperfections as a garden, and very relevant, because all of us have our Waterloos in the garden, and it is probably a bad idea to take them too seriously. But we do. I’ve imbued my personal Golden Grass Fed Cow of urban homesteading with…

The first “seed” catalogs of the year are always the tree catalogs, and now is a good time to begin siting and planning for next year’s tree stock. We try to add trees to our home orchard every single year, sometimes just a couple, sometimes more. Now with 27 acres, it may seem that our…

Sheet Mulching

Kate at “Living the Frugal Life” has a great post on the merits and techniques of sheet mulching in the garden. Since this has been the key to soil improvement (and we have dreadful soil) in our garden, I wanted to highlight it. Significant soil improvement is one of them. This isn’t exactly surprising; it’s…

Salvaging My Garden

Yesterday afternoon we put our work aside and drove down into the Schoharie Valley, at least as far as we could go. We wanted to check on friends in the area, and we had called down to Schoharie Valley Farms to see how they were doing and also ask about the status of the flowers…

It has been kind of quiet here, because well, it is spring, and that means that all my primary focus has shifted outside the house. The period from May 1 to June 15 is the busiest, craziest, wildest period of the year, and the shoulder season, ie, the month of April, its biggest rival. We…

How To Kill a Plant

After all, we’ve already figured out how to kill a human being. All you need are trillions of dollars, the willingness to sacrifice the lives of countless civilians and military personnel, and a total disregard for natural resource consumption, and hey, after a decade or so, you can kill a guy. Am I sorry he’s…

Succession, Human and Wild

This week’s project is getting the material up for my garden plants and herb CSA – I’m hoping to be able to offer a wide variety of plants from annual vegetables (my tomato list alone is insane) to unusual edibles, native plants, flowers and herbs. My garden obsession is making me a little nuts right…

Low-Input Seed Starting

The first thing you need to remember is to think ahead, and bring in the compost before three feet of snow and ice lands on top of it. That was my big discovery two years ago, and like so many big discoveries was a. unpleasant and b. completely obvious – in retrospect. Living in a…