Spiked Votives

September 14, 2012 Comments Off on Spiked Votives

Have you seen these spike votives from Terrain? These totally appeal to my “I’m a woodland princess” fantasy(a hold over from childhood).  This is no doubt where my affinity for treehouses comes from as well.

 

Scandinavian Spiked Votive, Horizontal

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Friday Reading

April 13, 2012 Comments Off on Friday Reading

The fridge without the fridge.

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson!

Look at this badass coffee house in New Zealand.

Cute treehouse for kids.

2010 in review

January 4, 2011 Comments Off on 2010 in review

Here’s a little review of this year in my blogosphere, so thought I would share. I can’t wait for the my next gardening season(more on this later) and I’m hoping my motivation stays high.

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 69 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 146 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 148mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 16th with 30 views. The most popular post that day was Lessons learned: Container Gardening and Travel.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, Google Reader, healthfitnesstherapy.com, facebook.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cost of spinach, sedum reflexum, micro celery, eat sleep garden, and spinach cost.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Lessons learned: Container Gardening and Travel June 2010
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Know Thy Plant: Sedum Reflexum April 2010

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A Cost Comparison- Spinach March 2010

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VT Vegetable Share-Screamin’ Ridge Farm May 2010

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Micro Celery!! June 2010
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I’m a bad blogger.

July 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hello Blog,

I miss you, I promise I haven’t been cheating on you, just working, ok so maybe that’s cheating.

Jess

Friday Surprises

July 9, 2010 § 2 Comments

Maybe my boyfriend is psychic maybe we have just been dating too long because when I got home today(the day my garden lust post) was about treehouses this awaited me….

MORE TREEHOUSES!!!!

Eating Local Means You Have to Be An Adult…OK Not Really

May 19, 2010 Comments Off on Eating Local Means You Have to Be An Adult…OK Not Really

I finally managed to start buying all my produce from the farmer’s market. This is great. I get to support local farmers, I get  a reason to drag my disagreeing ass out of bed on a Saturday, and I get to feel so close to my community members as they try to mow me down with their strollers. All and all I love the market and the produce is always fresh, and despite people playing stroller derby, I have already had some really great conversations with some vendors.

The only problem is that I suffer from poor planning or impulsiveness ,I can’t really decide, but I am pretty sure they are pretty much the same thing. Any how, no fail I have been running out of cohesive meal food, you know what I mean like actual planned meals that you dream up in your head ahead of time or you have a recipe for as opposed to some weird  bastardized pasta dish (although the one we made last weeks was delicious-Hint add butter.) But I have started to come up with some methods to prevent you  and myself from reaching in the fridge and eating the first two things  next to each other. I have seen people do that and result was broccoli and Hershey’s syrup and it gave me the vomititis, so don’t do it

How to make your local food bounty last the week.

1. Plan Things

Get a journal or just get all those recipes that you have been tearing out of magazines all crazy like and sit down and figure out everything you need to cook a week’s worth of meals. Don’t forget even though weekends are foot loose and fancy free time, they often still require food  too work. I’ve already discussed why  I am not  good at this before, but lets refresh: I buy  pretty vegetables at the market and I procrastinate on planning meals.

2. Cryogenically Freeze Stuff

Ok maybe not cryogenically, just in a ziploc bag. Buy more produce than you can eat and freeze it, I’ve explained how to do kale and other leafy greens here, that way if you run out ideas you can always throw a quick vegetable on and make a simple meat side,Also don’t let leftovers sit in the fridge and rot, put them in the freezer too, so when you are whiney and depressed or just being lazy you just have to pull stuff out of freezer and place it in the microwave.

3. Poor People Eat Soup

Why do poor people eat soup? Well because it is cheap, easy, and last forever. Make soup, freeze, be lazy , be merry.

Sorry Monsanto et al. You Can’t Play in My Sandbox

April 14, 2010 Comments Off on Sorry Monsanto et al. You Can’t Play in My Sandbox

I’ve been  stuck inside lately because pollen and I are having a rocky relationship, and I feel like crap. The only thing I can  muster garden wise are dreams of delicious summer vegetables like tomatoes an cucumbers.  The summer didn’t creep up on me like spring did, and summer vegetables will tolerate the roof a little bit better,  so I have time to let my conscience dictate my summer plantings down to the seed. How could I be having a moral dilemma over a seed? Well seeds are the beginning of life and the power of our food systems. Seeds are from simple but they are the linchpin of our industrial food system, as seeds and thus plants have been genetically designed by humans, often in the form of hybrids. Now on the surface these genetically modified foods seem pretty great, because they make plants resistant to all kinds of things and  can grow in areas that  it might not do well in normally. The end product is generally bigger food and more of it, meaning more to feed all the people that are eating the food from pretty much everywhere. People can really go back and forth about organic farming vs regular industrial farming and the role of genetically modified foo just read the comments of this Boston Globe Article and you will get my point. Anyway like all things local food you have to draw your line, and what I really care about is that genetically modified seeds  reduce biodiversity and put  everyone at risk. For example if 98% of our corn in the same and corn is in so much of the food eaten by Americans, and corn gets a disease we will be up a serious creek  with a fractured paddle. It also doesn’t allow  evolution to do its thing by weeding out the weak and creating naturally resistant plants, and that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.  Just like it doesn’t make any sense that farmer can’t save their seeds , because often genetically modified seeds are owned  by the company that makes them and even if the farmer wanted to save seeds many  hybrids won’t have the same yield the second year anyway, because like a mule they are workhorses that can’t reproduce.

SO in my own little act of defiance(waves flag) I am getting my plan on for summer and  unlike spring I am  going  to start my summer vegetables from seed. Because I have a worrisome personality that  is delightfully paired with a guilty conscience so I am making sure that my seeds are open pollinated and have no genetic engineering  juju going on . It’s important to me that I  plant diverse species to support the biosphere.I am getting mine from a company called Southern Exposure Seed  Exchange and they even encourage seed saving! I am fortunate to have them only 40 minutes away from I live, and a vendor at the market sells them on Saturday. However  they sell their products online and have a super awesome catalog (also available online) that has great stories and descriptions of the seeds. There are also tons of resources online for finding places that sell  heirloom/heritage and non GMO seeds and techniques of savings seeds. Even if you don’t won’t go out of your way,  local food is becoming the hot new thing and many large retailers carry heirloom varieties, just be sure not to be confused  by organic seeds in that they may or may not be genetically modified,the guarantee of organic means that they were grown in an organic way.

Buying heirlooms for me  is my own little way of telling Monsanto and other giant seed companies (are there any others?) to F*** off, even if  do still  wear cotton, which apparently Monsanto owns all the seeds to as well, who knew?

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