This year as we started seeds for the garden, Dorene Pasekoff of Hill Creek Farm introduced me to Truelove Seeds, Owen Taylor's seed keeping labor of love in Philly, where "The story is in the seed."
coffee tree trim
Counterintuitively, harsh pruning of coffee trees keeps them strong and blooming. Gardening is not for sissies. 😉
Picking cherries is a lot of fun, especially when you only visit one or two trees, and when you eat almost as many as you pick!
a night at the market (Garfield night market, that is)
Do you like pie? Food trucks? Deluxe popsicles? The city? Dogs with blue mohawks? In short: do you like fun? Then come to the next Garfield Night Market on October 4--maybe I'll see you there.
As the weather gets warmer, my thoughts turn to refreshing hard cider and all the traditions surrounding it where I come from. If you haven't tried cider yet, I highly recommend it. I'm going to try my hand at growing cider apples and see what happens.
foraging in the city: wild pears!
Every fall I manage to find something to harvest from the urban environment: chestnuts? Quince fruit? Figs? This year I found some wild pears, and Tom from Wild Purveyors helped me try to identify them (and eat them up, of course!).
putting the garden to bed
The harvest from my backyard garden continues well into the fall, with pumpkins, herbs, scallions, and a great selection of delicious greens.
Yes, yes--more about my garden. I am really enjoying my garden this year. So far it has been great and not a lot of damage from the usual visitors. This season I've tried something new. Ok, maybe not so new--turnips are turnips, right? But these are Tokyo turnips. I've always liked turnip greens, but truth …
turnip blast from the past
The weekends have had nice weather lately, and I spent some time in the garden getting it ready for the growing season. Look what I found from last year! I told my wife I was cooking it for dinner just to see her face. I think I should save it for fall and carve it …
New year, old scraps
Composting is one of my hobbies. I think I can call it a hobby. I find it very rewarding and relaxing. Yes, making "dirt" can be fun! In one year, our household--a family of four and a dog--produces about 25 gallons of compost. This compost get mixed into our garden soil and we benefit from …