I’ve had to be brutally honest with myself. The harsh reality is that when it comes to horticulture, while I may aspire to a green thumb, mine is mostly black and blue. No amount of planning, Miracle-Gro, cultivating, raised beds, sweat or physical labor has ever produced the kind of stunning vegetable sanctuary I dream of.
There has been a hint of summer in the air. Get out this weekend and reconnect with your foodshed. We have tastings, tunes a community garden build and farmers markets on the horizon.
Yes! It’s finally that time to get your hands in the dirt and start your garden Patty Gentry of Early Girl Farm in East Moriches has some great ideas for those with just some space in the backyard for great vegetables and herbs to plant in early spring.
Whether it’s help assessing your soil, planting seedlings, trimming hedges, weeding by hand or harvesting beans, Ladie Sadie’s Organic Gardening can help.
Months of ridicule for my refusal to eat even greenhouse grown summer vegetables, all boil down to this moment. I drop to my knees and the fluffy, dark brown earth welcomes their impact.
Restoration Farm seeded my agricultural education, and now head growers Caroline Fanning and Dan Holmes are making it official by launching a full slate of education programs for children and adults as part of the 2014 growing season at the Old Bethpage CSA.
I’m grumbling— just a tad— at having had to be up so early on a holiday Monday. But, these are farmer’s hours, after all—up at dawn, rain or shine. While I appreciate authenticity, it is a bit hard to get your head around the idea of spring planting when there’s about a foot of snow on the ground and more on the way. With the temperature a mere 18 degrees, I’m lucky our first seeding for Restoration Farm is planned in the relative warmth of the head grower’s basement.
There are many ways to deck the halls, so why not go “au naturel” and gather some goodies on your next walk through the woods. Shannon Algiere, flower and herb grower at Stone Barns Center, uses spruce, pine, holly and sparkle berry in her Christmas arrangements as well as bittersweet, pine cones and sumac berry florets.