A helpful post:
The authoress of that blog stopped by here a few weeks ago. She's got some good experiments going.
The #1 Florida Gardening Blog!!! (as ranked by its creator)
A helpful post:
Okay... since it's that time of year... let's talk trial varieties.
A squirrel I don't feel like killing!
Turnips aren't tantalizing. They're downright pedestrian and often overlooked. I've grown them off and on for years, just because I like the way they grow. They used to be a complete mystery to me... and not at all something I enjoyed. Now I'm starting to like them, however. A few nights ago, Rachel sauteed some sliced turnips and pork loin - delicious. Peeling helps take away the bitterness, as does growing them quickly with good moisture.
Coming up this weekend in Sumter county:
Okay, so I've taken to calling my in-ground hugelkultur experiments "melon pits." That's because I'm punching these 3' deep holes into my front yard food forest in the hopes of growing melons in them this summer.
I recently came across this article by the always-helpful Harvey Ussery at Mother Earth News:
|It's too cold for baby citrus trees... but not too cold for turnips, peas, ryegrass and other cool-season soil-building cover crops.|
From the "How Stupid Can We Get" file:
I humbly present a list of edible molluscs, discovered on the amazing internet:
The blog just hit 10,000 views today... that's since the official launch on August 30th, 2012.
This just came across my radar:
Mustard greens are my new favorite potherb. This plant is easy to grow and is remarkably healthy for you, even containing anti-cancer compounds. Though it's not as cold-hardy as kale or collards, mustard will stand quite a bit of frost before dying. Mine have survived the mid-20s without damage. In fact, if you want success, you cannot plant these during the warm part of the year. If you do, the plants will rapidly bolt and peter out. As temperatures rise, they get all crazy and overwhelmed with the desire to make babies. Here in North Florida, I put my mustard in around November, then harvest leaves through the winter. Boiled, mustard has a texture and flavor we prefer to its cousin collards. Stir-fried, it has a spicy bitterness the kids don't really like - and I agree with the kids.
I chuckled at this article for the Florida Native Plant Society:
A little late again - here's my monthly column for the Marion Gardener:
Don't these plants just look cool? They're growing in a plastic bin that was left in my barn by the previous owners. This shot was taken before the recent frosts wilted the taro down.
Or at least, I'm hoping it will become one.
Here's a fascinating interview with farmer Mark Shepard containing a lot of good info. I particularly liked his focus on finding existing perennial food systems in your area:
I just got this flyer from the local extension. Though I'm not a complete friend of the "Florida-Friendly Landscaping" system, it is better than what a lot of people are currently doing. Now if we could just get them to recommend edibles...
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Here's the press release and a link to the new proposed regulations:
Before I get into this plant, let me get one thing straight: in a survival situation - or even a pinched grocery budget - peas wouldn't be my first choice as a staple. They're a lot of work for only a little food. Fortunately for them, they aren't useful for their peas alone.
|Intercropped: peas, lentils, collards, etc.|
Here's a clever tiny garden design for those of you stuck in a pathetic condo-centric existence:
Here's a list of seed companies owned by Monsanto... and those not owned by Monsanto:
I got an interesting e-mail recently from a reader regarding a soil amendment I formerly knew nothing about - "ramial chipped wood."
I just read your recent article in the November issue of Natural Awakenings. I think your column is a great addition to the magazine.
One thing that caught my eye was your mention of the film Back to Eden. After watching it about 6 or 7 months ago I spoke with a professional agricultural consultant, and in our conversation he said that the ideal garden soil would be that originating from a hardwood forest. He suggested venturing into a hardwood forest and removing the top few inches of a section, and bringing it back to my garden. I then decided to search on the web to see if I could find out more information about the soil of hardwood forests. After a while I came across an article about ramial chipped wood. Canadian researchers at Laval University, in Quebec, Canada, began researching the effects of wood chips in agriculture back in 1978. Their research continued for many years and they made some big discoveries. Rather than go deeper into the subject in this email, I'll give you some great links about their work. It took a while to find some of these.
Prior to the Canadian research, there was an experiment done at Cornell University, in New York. It spanned 15 years, from 1951-1966. Just as the Canadians discovered, there were great improvements in soil structure and fertility.
J. H. writes:
People act like creating compost is a ridiculously big deal... in my latest article for Natural Awakenings, I counter that idea and share "the easy art of composting:"
As I posted recently... bananas are tropical plants. That means they have no idea what to do in the cold (much like myself).
|Frost doesn't faze broccoli. It always comes out ahead.|
In the fall, you'll often see sugar cane for sale at roadside produce stands. If you can keep yourself from chewing it all, it's easy to plant and grow. I buried multiple canes in the fall of 2011 and got a decent harvest in the fall of 2012. Now I've gone bigger and planted a bunch more.
Here's a sobering story from Al-Jazeera - but it's not all bad:
Regular reader Leon posted something cool in the comments section of this post. I decided I needed to re-post it - because it's brilliant:
Here at Econopocalypse Ranch, we're going through seed catalogs and having a blast.