As I said in my last entry, it's time for me to get to work! I was notified through a community I belong to over at LiveJournal that Obama's new http://www.change.gov website is now live and has a form for submitting your ideas to his office. Of course, my first contact was advocating for national urban/suburban sustainable gardening/farming programs! Below is the text of the letter I sent. I thought I'd post it as encouragement for others to do likewise :) My next correspondence will be…Continue
Although the election is over, and Barack Obama is indeed our President Elect, we've still got much work to do! Now that I have a sympathetic president coming into office, it's time for us to start working on emailing, petitioning, calling, etc etc etc to encourage President Obama to take a look at the issues we find most pressing, and the small things that can improve everyday life in America.
As an example, it's common knowledge that I'm an advocate of the urban/suburban… Continue
Hello everyone. This year, with the encouragement and expertise of one of my nephews who has a truly green thumb, I planted a box more or less following the square foot gardening method.
It's a bad time of the year to plant but since I felt the impetus I went ahead with it. I made a box using reclaimed pine from a couple of construction site pallets and made the square foot gardening (SFG) mix: equal parts compost, peet moss, and perlite… Continue
I just finished viewing this documentary produced by the wife of the late Jerry Garcia. I knew some of what was contained in this video already, but did not connect some of the practices to one another until viewing this vid. This documentary discusses Genetically Modified foods, Monsanto's questionable practices concerning patenting seed and plant life, "terminator seed" technology, and more.
McIntye's in Georgetown this am- bought purple cabbage, spinach, several varieties of lettuce, strawberries, oriental greens- several varieties, arugula, dill seeds, radish seeds- diggin' out more water hog, useless St. Augustine (carpet) grass to grow more edibles right in my front yard.
Added by Betty Saenz on October 23, 2008 at 4:24pm —
I knew it was coming, though I'm never prepared... Burrrr....
I'm never ready for winter, and I can never wait til it's over. I guess I just have to keep looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the January arrival of the 2009 seed catalogs. The worst is the wait between the arrival of the catalogs and mid-March when you can actually get some of those seeds started indoors, and if it's been particularly mild, get some of your greens out in the ground...
I wrote a series of posts on my personal blog this summer related to buying, eating and celebrating locally grown foods. Here's the second post in the series, viewpoints that might be appreciated among this group.
The National Animal ID program was originally designed to give the big beef producers help in getting export markets which required disease controls. The idea is that every single livestock animal in the United States will be identified and tagged. All livestock animal movements will be tracked, logged and reported to the government. The benefit is to the big factory farms who probably do need this type of regulation. They get to do single ID’s for large groups of animals. Small farmers, pet… Continue
The time to pull up my annuals and tuck everything away. The vegetable garden has all been pulled up and turned for the season (save the 2 Brussels Sprouts still producing) and I'm just about done with the last weeding of the herb garden. Brian's raking leaves right now that I'm going to use to mulch up my perennial herbs. I'm going to *attempt* to keep my rosemary over-winter by super-insulating it from snow. It's listed as a perennial for zones 8-11 only, but… Continue
I finally got motivated and finished harvesting the herbs for this year. There is a cold front on it's way, so I got out there this morning and got everything ready for storage for the winter. I am hoping my periennial herbs will make it safely through the winter and cut them back accordingly. My haul included: Genovese Basil, Italian Parsley, Chives, Garden Sage, Rosemary, Thyme
I froze the parsley and hung the rest to dry. Woody stemmed herbs like dill and rosemary should be… Continue
This past Friday, October 3rd, we added two new biddies to our flock. They're a breed of chicken called Ameraucana, better known as a type of Easter Egg Chickens since the eggs they lay will be shades of blue and green. We've named them (quite appropriately, I thought) "Easter" & "Bunny".
For right now Easter & Bunny have their own little crate, set up next to the larger chicken tractor, so that our flock can get used to them and vice versa. This is a common practice designed to… Continue
Added by Carrie Cox on October 6, 2008 at 7:16pm —
Friday: I got into work early and scooted out early for waves down in RI. I forgot my camera but I got good waves at a choice spot with just a handful folks out. Hinty was down there for a day trip so we got to surf together in Rhody!
Saturday afternoon: I headed up to NH for an overnite at the Plourdes place. I had heard that the waves were chest high and clean but when I got there it was… Continue
Added by johna on August 20, 2008 at 3:31pm —