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What’s Going On At Your Place?

I have one more crazy week involving travel and lots of other responsibilities, culminating in our final home visit in our foster care certification (as some of you will recall, we had a tough visit our second time with a social worker who was totally appalled by the farm – our social worker’s supervisor kindly…

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…

Is It a Farm Yet?

I once wrote an essay about my son Isaiah’s wish for a farm. He has a farm, of course, but he also dreams of a different one, the one in his imagination. What was funny was that all the adults that saw his wish understood it so very well. Many people tell me how much…

Garden Wrap-Up

Last night was our official first frost, right about at our new average (official last frost date is about October 7 here, but the last 9 years have been increasingly late). I was wholly unprepared – I forgot to check, and had meant to harvest the last batch of Tulsi. Ah well. Green tomato pickles…

“…and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” – Guy Clark Guy Clark’s song is true – and over here we’ve got homegrown tomatoes and true love coming out our ears. The true love can be put up for winter until it is chilly and huddling together for warmth looks good, but the tomatoes, well, they…

Independence Days Challenge

Note: Most of the Independence Days material will run at ye olde blogge , but I wanted to post the year three start up over here too, since my readership isn’t entirely overlapping. If you want to post status updates, the weekly thread for that will be at my other blog, but you can sign…

Garden 2010: The Calendar

Note: This is a repeat from ye olde blogge, because I think this is a really useful, and probably obvious tool that wasn’t obvious to me. It has made everything so much easier. I also wanted to put in the plug for the Ozone House Calendar! Those of who know me in real life will…

The best estimate I’ve seen is that in 2009 alone, we had more than 2 million first time gardeners, and from 2007 on, we’ve added 8 million new vegetable gardens. This is one heck of a movement. Unfortunately, it also meant that millions of people started gardening in what was, in the Northeast, the crappiest…