Agriculture

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Bean There: Not a Vegetarian

July 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

This year my farm has seen a succession of middle to top predators with catastrophic consequences for the chicken population and, by extension, my livelihood. A raucous crowd of ravens was first, flying boldly into the barn and coming out with whole eggs in their beaks. I was sure they wereRead...

Corn (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 28

July 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week Let’s talk a little about summer pruning. Most things get pruned in the spring or the fall, but then again, there is the tomato. You can’t get serious about tomatoes without getting involved with the tomato pruning controversy. People always ask me where I standRead...

Zucchini flower. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 27

July 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week It’s time to pick those garlic scapes, so let’s talk about that, and other timely harvesting tips this week. Garlic puts up a flower stalk, something that is very expensive for a plant. If you pick that stalk before it develops, the plant will putRead More

Crab grass

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 26

July 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week I’m putting my squash in and you should too. The weather is settled and warm, and they will be happy. They are heavy feeders, such big plants after all. Plant them in your richest soil or add lots of compost. They could grow in pureRead More

Forage kale

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 25

June 28, 2017 at 12:05 pm

What to do this week Cover crops are garden plants that you don’t plant to eat. They cover up garden space that doesn’t have an immediate planned use. Why, you ask? They are planted as a way of stabilizing soil and building organic matter, are useful for weed control andRead More

Barley By Eugenereed1984 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bean There: Graining the Fields

June 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm

King Corn, like most monarchs, is demanding of land and resources, requiring high inputs like fertilizer, water and pest control. True, it rewards the effort with impressive yields; so much so that in an age when we thought oil was forever, with the agrichemicals it provided, corn became the dominantRead More

Tomato seedlings. (Photo by Priit Tammets, CC by 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 24

June 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

What to do this week If you are doing what I am doing this week, it has to do with tomatoes. By now your beans should be planted, or you are also planting them, but your squash, not yet. Squash will be bothered by the few cool days we areRead More

Cucumber beetle. (Photo by Scott Bauer,  US Dept of Agriculture https://www.ars.usda.gov/oc/images/photos/k7765-1/, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 23

June 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

What to do this week There are tricks to beating the pest cycle in the garden. Knowing the life-cycle of the one you want to beat and figuring out a work-around is critical. Having problems with cucumber beetle? They are expanding their range with climate change and are becoming anRead More

Seedlings. Image via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR6gDiTdZUI

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 22

June 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This week you should be hardening off your precious seedlings. Take your plants from their sheltered environment, whether it is the house or cold frame or greenhouse, and gradually get them used to the real world where they are going to grow. This is notRead More

By Jürgi-würgi (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 21

May 31, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week Managing your greenhouse may be on your mind this week. Hopefully people who do have greenhouses have things in there by now. But if you haven’t moved things out, it is time to start doing it. Things like your onion transplants should all be inRead More