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Monday, March 30, 2015

URI Master Gardener Radio Podcast: Organic Gardening

WADK For the Love of Gardening radio podcast, organic gardening
WADK 1540 AM out of Newport, Rhode Island has just made available more podcasts for our URI Master Gardener radio show "For the Love of Gardening." My latest show is about organic gardening and my guest Sanne Kure-Jensen and I discuss organic practices, pest control and soil amendments, among other things, in this thirty minute podcast. Enjoy!

Organic Gardening part 1

Organic Gardening part 2


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Connecting with our food: raw milk from Buttercup Farm

Connecting with our food raw milk from Buttercup Farm

It's hard to believe that not that long ago most food was locally grown and knowing the farms and farmers that fed our families was common place. Farmers were our neighbors. They lived in our communities and were part of the fabric of people's daily lives. The meal on the dinner table was crafted from ingredients representing the skills, blood, sweat and tears of local farming families. We saw the crops growing in the fields and the animals that provided our milk and meat grazing in the meadows. Our food had meaning for us because the farmers that toiled to provide the food were meaningful to us.

Connecting with our food raw milk from Buttercup Farm
 Megan, on the far right, giving me a tour of the farm.

This connection with our food and farmers is so important and is sadly missing from our modern industrialized food system. Happily, a result of the blossoming local food economy is a resurgence of small farms serving their communities and I jump at any opportunity to meet local growers and producers and to see their farms. I recently had the chance to visit Buttercup Farm in Sterling, Connecticut and to meet Megan the owner and her beautiful Jersey Cows.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Garden and Kitchen Chores for March

March garden and Kitchen chores
Under that pile of snow is the garden gate.
The start of March feels like deja vu. This time last year, here in New England, we were complaining about the never ending winter. It was cold and snowy and the ground was completely frozen. Ha! Fast forward a year and we are wishing for the winter we were gripping about twelve months ago. Will I  get to do any of the outdoor chores on my list this month? Who knows. Here is perhaps my overly optimistic March Garden and Kitchen To Do list.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vermiculture - a composting solution for the urban garden

Vermiculture: a compost solution for urban gardens
One of the biggest gardening challenges I have in my urban setting is maintaining a compost pile. This year I hope will be different. I have a plan that should address my compost problems and also benefit my container gardens. Part of my plan involves my new vermicomposting system.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Chicken and Fruit Curry

Chicken and Fruit Curry Recipe

 We are deep in the middle of winter and by deep, I mean under several feet of snow. This is the time of year when I am grateful for all the work I did in the summer and fall preserving food. I am out of fresh veggies, but my freezer and pantry is still full. The freezer is stuffed with bags of frozen berries and apples which are wonderful for baking with and for breakfast dishes but I also like to use frozen fruit in savory meals. One of my favorite dishes using frozen apples is Chicken and Fruit Curry. This dish is deliciously sweet and spicy and just right when the snow is swirling outside the front door.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My February Garden and Kitchen To Do list

February Garden and Kitchen  Tasks, snowed over hell strip
My hell strips are under all that snow.

I'm serious about home food production this year. I'm also serious about lists. I make lists of all the lists I'm going to make and that is not a joke (but I'll put 'make a joke' on the list). Put these two things together and you get a Monthly Gardening and Kitchen 'Honey Do' List. In this house, I am both the Honey and the List Maker, which is convenient. Here is what I'm working on this month:

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sustainable Gardening: How to choose the right seeds today so you can save seeds tomorrow

Choose the right seeds today to save seeds tomorrow, open pollinated seeds

Have you placed your seed order yet? I am almost ready but I 'm giving myself time to really think about this year's order of seeds and plants. As a sustainable gardener, I'm looking at what I already have before I order, and making sure when I do that any new seeds will help me meet my sustainable goals. Increasing the amount and variety of seeds I am saving for future planting is a priority and that process starts now with my seed order.