Many of you have probably never heard of HR 933, but it has been the cause of a lot of consternation among farmers, environmentalists and people with a vested interest in food and where it comes from. HR 933: (Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013) is a bill that passed through the US house … Continue reading Monsanto clause is coming to town?
Okay, we're well on the way to the middle of spring, and it's time to plant pretty much everything you might want to grow in the garden. I love this time of year, spring blossoms on the trees herald the beginnings of delicious stone fruits, and Apple and Pear blossoms are not far behind. But … Continue reading I feel the need: The need for seed!
So much of what is written about growing food is based on commercial information. The methods of broadscale monocultures are scaled down to home gardens, based on the experience and research of commercial food production. But this may not be the best way to go about growing things in a local home garden. Fruit trees … Continue reading Growing the seeds of stuff
Someone asked me the other day if they could eat Broccolini leaves. They wanted to use them in a recipe, some kind of quiche-like tart which called for Kale to add some greenery. The answer was "Of course you can, they are the same thing". Because ultimately, they are the same plant species. In south-western … Continue reading The way things are goin’, they’re gonna crucifer me
A lot of people probably don't realise, or at least don't stop to consider, that when they buy fresh fruit and vegetables, they are often buying the means to generate more fresh fruit and vegetables. Every time you spit out pips of any fruit you eat, you are probably throwing away the means to grow … Continue reading Green-age wasteland
I have been asked recently "What are some plants that look good in an ornamental-type garden, but also produce something edible?". Well, to be honest, there's no reason a useful garden cant be designed for looks from scratch. Any plant can be planted in any design, as long as it suits the style. That's a … Continue reading Come up to the lab lab, and see what’s on the slab
What a year we have had, and it's only six weeks old. In the late summer, the vegie garden should be in full production. Tomatoes should be ripening, zucchinis doubling size overnight, and all in such abundance your neighbours will be sick of them, if not you bringing more. And a lot of plants will … Continue reading For ev’rything, turn turn turn, there is a season, turn turn turn