Rain, corn and beans, garden reading

Well, we’ve had a lot of rain here in central Virginia: 6.3″ (16 cm) in 11 days from 4/26-5/6. The month of April landed us with 4.9″ (12.4 cm) and the first week of May with 2.6″ (6.6 cm). Last week I wrote about my worries for the beans and corn we’d sown before the … Continue reading “Rain, corn and beans, garden reading”

Unlearn, Rewild: Earth Skills, ideas and inspiration for the future primitive, by Miles Olson

Unlearn, Rewild: Earth Skills, ideas and inspiration for the future primitive, by Miles Olson. New Society Publishers, 2012, 200 pages, diagrams, $19.99 This is not a new book, but I was drawn by the title, as rewilding is a word I’ve been hearing lately. I thought I would learn about growing diversified hedgerows, and including … Continue reading “Unlearn, Rewild: Earth Skills, ideas and inspiration for the future primitive, by Miles Olson”

Book Review: The Living Soil Handbook by Jesse Frost

The Living Soil Handbook The No-Till Grower’s Guide to Ecological Market Gardening, by Jesse Frost, Chelsea Green Publishers, July 2021. 304 pages, $29.95 Jesse Frost, the host of Farmer Jesse’s No-Till Market Garden Podcast, has now made a lovely how-to and why-to book for us. No longer do we need to imagine the pictures while … Continue reading “Book Review: The Living Soil Handbook by Jesse Frost”

Everything You Need to Know About Garlic; Money and More

  We started harvesting our hardneck garlic on May 26 this year. One of the earliest harvests we have on record. I’ve written lots on garlic in this blog, it’s one of the most sought-out topics. To cut to the chase, here’s my Garlic Recap. Many of these are posts in my Alliums for the … Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Garlic; Money and More”

Book Review: Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

Book Review: Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening. Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops with Minimal Fossil Fuel and Animal Inputs. Chelsea Green, 2015 In 1971, Will Bonsall went back to the land in Maine, with his wife, Molly Thorkildsen, and their two sons. They built the farm over … Continue reading “Book Review: Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening”

Sweet corn, potatoes and okra

Sweet Corn We sowed our first sweet corn on 4/18, eight days earlier than usual this year, because we had auspicious weather. We look at the leaves of the white oaks to decide when it is warm enough for corn planting. The oak leaves should be as big as squirrel’s ears. Phenology signs like this … Continue reading “Sweet corn, potatoes and okra”

Book Review: The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers, Andrew Mefferd,

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers,  Andrew Mefferd, New Society Publishers, January 2019, $29.99 Organic No-Till has been an unachievable goal for many of us, but there’s no need to feel guilty or ashamed! We may understand the biology, and even the physics and chemistry of it, and why it’s … Continue reading “Book Review: The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers, Andrew Mefferd,”

Twin Oaks Garden blog, rainy day reading, more on hydroponics.

Wren, one of the Twin Oaks Garden Managers, has started a blog about the Twin Oaks Garden. This is a great place to check what’s happening in our garden, especially if you also garden in Virginia or some other winter-hardiness zone 7 area. The new post this week is about What’s New in Spring 2018. There are … Continue reading “Twin Oaks Garden blog, rainy day reading, more on hydroponics.”

SSAWG Conference, Mother Earth News and Eat-All Greens, Growing for Market

I’m home from a very successful Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference in Lexington Kentucky. It was the biggest so far, with 1400-1500 participants. My workshop Intensive Vegetable Production on a Small Scale ran out even of standing room, so I was asked to repeat it … Continue reading “SSAWG Conference, Mother Earth News and Eat-All Greens, Growing for Market”

Book Review: The Tao of Vegetable Gardening by Carol Deppe

Book Review The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy and Serenity Carol Deppe, Chelsea Green, 2015 I enjoyed Carol Deppe’s other gardening books, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties and The Resilient Gardener. I haven’t read her renditions of Taoist Stories or the Tao Te Ching, but this new book offers … Continue reading “Book Review: The Tao of Vegetable Gardening by Carol Deppe”