Kind of Garden Lust Friday and Why Cookbooks Are Pissing Me Off

October 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

Ok so maybe you are one of those people that doesn’t think that industrialized food systems aren’t so insipid. That they haven’t seeped into every little corner of our lives. I have one thing to say to you, have you opened a cook book lately? I have . I have been trying to make myself happier sane by cooking. I scour for recipes everywhere, I frantically subscribe to food bloggers, I flip through pages of my cookbook, just so I can create something new.I can’t cook on my own everything comes out tasting the same or like salt, I am not entirely sure how I do it. However it seems like when I turn to my handy dandy cook books I am a little let down, because t he ingredients are just sad, they have things like seasoning packs, canned soup, canned beans, and everything else processed under the sun. This is how industrial agricultural has seeped into our lives, because really you don’t need anything canned across the county with crazy preservatives in it to cook good food. I admit it makes things easier, but when the zombie apocalypse comes and we all need to hide in the mountains, where will our canned from, us that’s who. So I am in the search of good cookbooks , with delicious recipes.  I also like cookbooks with pictures, because I am simple.  I have found a few good ones below, which I don’t own but lust after. What’s your favorite food centric book or cookbook?

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.) Animal , Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

 

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat Good Meat by Deborah Krasner

Earth to Table: Seasonal Recipes from an Organic FarmEarth to Table by Jeff Crump

 

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A novice’s cures for common garden maladies

October 6, 2010 Comments Off on A novice’s cures for common garden maladies

So this summer there was  a war brewin’ in my garden, and during the summer I gained some useful combat skills against  garden bugs and diseases. I am caught between not wanting to use harmful  pesticides on my garden , and watching my garden get squashed.  Plants dying is part of gardening and usually I can pick myself up after killing a plant, because I learn something, like don’t over water the lavender (only took me killing it twice.) But   I still want to give my garden the best chance, so I discovered a few less harmful things to kill critters.

Flea beatles, which tried to kill my eggplant, when my leaves started turn to lace I put some Diatomaceous Earth in the soil and VOILA! My Eggplant to grow up to be a big boy(or girl)

I also had a problem with powdery  mildew on my squash, it started out small but then just started taking over. I made the mixture below to kill it(which I found by googling powdery mildew and then putting everything together.) It’s really technical so don’t get confused.

A little milk.( a natural anti fungal, seriously read about  it

A  tiny bit of Baking Soda

A little garlic- high in sulfur.

I a little bit of soap.

A little bit of water.

Put in a bottle and spray that sucker for a day until it goes away or at least until your plant looks like it’s immune system is handling itself.

The last but not least the aphids, man I hate aphids, they are sneaky. You have a beautiful plant and the BAM they are covered with aphids, which like fleas, creep me out a little bit. But I used some Mrs. Meyers all purpose cleaner , sprayed it on and then they all died. I’ve never been so happy to see so many dead things, it’s like I need black make up now, or maybe black hair, I can’t decide. Anyway the soap destroys the waxy coat on the aphid and they dehydrate, it’s cruel I know, but sometimes it is a cruel world.

Pre Spray

The massacre

I still don’t have a  cure for stink bugs though, pesky asian fellows.

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