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I find the ways we define ourselves by what we eat fascinating.  We do this project of self-definition both through what we DO eat and what we refuse to eat.  In Martin Jones’ fascinating book _Feast: Why Humans Share Food_, he observes that our taboos about food can be so powerful that they are actively…

Do the Numbers on Gardens

There’s a fascinating article using Zillow analysis to figure out the value of food gardens to residential housing.  This isn’t news to a lot of us, but it is nice to see the numbers quantified:   Minor Kitchen Remodel.  Cost: $14,917   Return on resale:  $14,645   Percentage Return:  -1.8% Major Bathroom Remodel.   Cost:…

I try to post this once a year or so, because most of the people who read my blog also play in the dirt, and with playing in the dirt comes minor injuries that you really don’t want to turn into anything nasty.  So, if you haven’t had a tetanus booster in the last decade,…

Wuv, Twue Wuv

Now that’s hot, baby! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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…

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…

Do You Have to Grow Food?

Because of the enormous impact of agriculture on climate change, pick up any book about “green” solutions and you’ll find the suggestions that you grow a vegetable garden. Bang into the “we can’t go on as we are” end of the environmental movement (mine), and you’ll see the general assumption that growing food is part…

25 Plants You Should Consider Growing

Note: This is a rerun from ye olde blogge. As the book deadline approaches, expect to see some of my previous opi making appearances here. Since I’ve got more than 1000 of them, it shouldn’t be too boring, I hope. I hope this one will help some of you in garden planning this year. There…