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January 2012 Blog Posts (40)


My love for the changing seasons and the natural order of things means that year-long sunshine,  blue-sky days and clear, star-filled nights with temperatures of 30+ degrees (centigrade) seem somehow "unnatural" to me!  I love nature in all its guises and in the same way that the taste of the first summer peach is something to look forward to and savour when it comes, just because it is so fleeting, so too I enjoy the time when the trees sleep and one can cosy up by the fire.  Don't get me…


Added by Yvonne on January 31, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Two Winter Pear Preserves

I spent the midnight hour a few nights ago working magic with some pears.  

Butternut Squash and Pear Preserves
Pear Cinnamon Jam


Added by Jay Geneske on January 31, 2012 at 9:33am — 9 Comments

Growing Radish from Seed

The German Giant is my favorite Radish.  It's not fancy or hard to grow and tastes great at any size.  The Radish may be a cool-weather crop but I continue to have success even in South Florida.
Grow radishes in full sun or partial shade. Plant radishes in loose, well-drained soil. Remove soil lumps, rocks, and roots from radish planting beds. Add…

Added by Marianne Smith on January 31, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Nothing Like a Warm Afternoon...In January

This morning during Bea's first nap I went to the Tractor Supply in Rural Hall. I finally purchased the long-coveted cattle panels (16 feet x 50 inches), some t-posts, and a surprise goody -- a 20 lb bag of diatomaceous earth. Then I had to come home and be Mom and Chef, made lunch for all of us, read books and played and waited for the fussy crankies to set in. It didn't take long and Bea was back down for her afternoon nap.

I rushed outside, unloaded the cattle panels (quite the…


Added by Jen Garrison on January 29, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Growing Broccoli

I'm not quite sure where I picked up most of this information about Broccoli.  As you will read, Broccoli is a cool weather veggie.  Living in South Florida, I haven't had a chance to grow broccoli.
Calabrese is easier and quicker to grow than other types of broccoli, with only 15 weeks to harvest from planting. Broccoli requires approximately 40 weeks.
For the best results, broccoli should be planted after a crop of peas or…

Added by Marianne Smith on January 28, 2012 at 10:49pm — 3 Comments


“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Today is an exceptionally good day. Although the garden is not yet ready to be planted, I’ve just received these beauties in the mail from the diligent folks at Baker Creek Seeds.…


Added by Will Atkinson on January 26, 2012 at 7:24pm — 5 Comments

HoneyBea Farm, the Beginning

HoneyBea taste-testing the garlic

Welcome to HoneyBea Farm. We are a small urban farmstead with just over an acre, a couple…


Added by Jen Garrison on January 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Perfecting the Formula

January 25, 2012. Andrea and I worked on perfecting the Hot Sauce recipe. We gave a call to Cornell Food Science and have begun the process of making sure we're doing everything the right way.

In 3 weeks we'll send our formula over to the good people at Cornell and they'll analyze the ph, check the shelf-life, and rate our overall performance (with respect to food safety).

There are about 15 friends who have volunteered to rate our performance with respect to…


Added by Aaron Hart on January 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

2012 Seed Swap

Head on over to the group Ressurect the Barter! and sign up for this year's seed swap!  It's a fun and easy way to incorporate more diversity into your garden repertoire! 

Added by Torry on January 25, 2012 at 5:18pm — 1 Comment

New Hardiness Zones for 2012

Have you changed zones?  The new 2012 map is out, based on average winter temperatures, in 10 degree increments.  

Added by Torry on January 25, 2012 at 5:16pm — 2 Comments

say it isn't so!

Disheartening news for nature lovers everywhere, the National Wildlife Federation has announced a new partnership with Scotts-Miracle Gro.  Huh? Did we fast forward through the winter and today is April Fool's Day?

So the organization that has created initiatives like "Be Out There" which encourages families to spend more time outside, has taken money from one of the largest pesticide and…


Added by Shira Friedman on January 25, 2012 at 3:53pm — 2 Comments

Is It Too Early To Start Chanting...SPRING..SPRING..SPRING!?

I really wanted to do this blog in yellow, but, I was worried about making the folks who took the time to read it go blind. I can't help it...anything I can do to influence the coming of Spring!! Since my last blog, we have gone through a lot of changes in the way we live our life. For those who aren't familiar with us, we were hauling the big Windmill Blades for the towers that are springing up all across the country. We did that for nearly 4 years and the time finally came that we had to…


Added by Christene Graham on January 24, 2012 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

The Joy of Cooking

     All day I think about suppertime. It seems extreme, but I love a home-cooked meal. I don't always have time for cooking, especially when I have nothing in the pantry except white rice (blah), or no time to make something substantial. But, all day, I think about the meals to be made and the desire (maybe not the motivation...) to make them.

      Yesterday I was looking for a chicken noodle soup recipe. Nothing soothes the soul like soup, and a good chicken noodle…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on January 24, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Chicken Soup With Love <3

We held a Soup Swap this weekend and now we have a good stockpile of yummy homemade soups, made by friends, to get us through the winter!

Chicken Soup with <3


This recipe pulls from a variety of sources: Julia Child and a few chefs I’ve known for the stock, this…


Added by Cornelia on January 23, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Inspiring Quotes from Five Urban Farmers

Check out these inspiring quotes from our interviews with urban farmers across the country…enjoy!


Will Allen, Urban Farmer Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI…


Added by Growing Cities on January 20, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The Spinning Wheel

I've had a grudge against Vermont for a long time.  It's a silly, useless grudge, I admit, especially since I've been holding it  against an entire state based on the actions of one silly girl far too many years ago for it to be even remotely relevant to my present day life.  And yet, I held on to it, nursing my ancient hurt.  Until this weekend.

Mark, my mom's boyfriend grew up in Island Pond, VT, about 20 minutes away from the Burke Mountain ski area.  He  and my mom…


Added by Jennifer Trethewey on January 18, 2012 at 7:49pm — 1 Comment

Teaching from Your Seed Catalogs

So the seed catalogs are arriving in the mail like the Japanese beetles in June. Only thing is, I get excited about getting those seed catalogs. For the Japanese beetles, I lay out traps.

Seed catalogs mean more to me than potting soil, trying new varieties, and dreaming of…


Added by Carol J. Alexander on January 18, 2012 at 4:46pm — 4 Comments

Korean Anchovy Stock Soup with Bean Sprouts


Thanks to Amazon for letting me steal this photo! I always like a nice photo with a blog post :)


Anyway, I've recently been writing about "seeds" and how we are using them around the winter urban homestead here in Baltimore. (If you want to see the first post where I recommend some favorite seed catalogs, feel free to visit this link…


Added by Aliza Ess on January 17, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Give Peas a Chance - Growing Peas On Your Farm

It seems that everyone likes eating peas, but the planting and picking part can be a challenge. At my farm, we have decided that they are an important piece of our crop mix, and have found ways to ease their burden and have them week after week for our markets without too much stress.…


Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on January 16, 2012 at 5:37pm — 1 Comment

Our children could be the first generation ever…

… to live a shorter life than their parents.

WOW, what a legacy. We, as parents are failing our children. We are not doing it intentionally, we are all working hard to make sure we provide our children with all that we can. Most of us work…


Added by Sharon Williams on January 13, 2012 at 3:36pm — 3 Comments

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