Continuing on the theme of talking about food, farms, and cultivation methods, I wanted to settle down on my soap box and talk about one of my favorite things. I grew up with parents who were very interested in gardening, producing our own foods, preserving it.. in other words, quite old-fashioned and what would now… Read More Monoculture, Agriculture, Permaculture
Written by Sanford Begley Rural vs Urban: Who Looks Ahead? I started making breakfast this morning, I had a craving for gravy and biscuits. I started the oven preheating and opened the refrigerator to get out ingredients. No milk! For much of my life I have lived in rural areas and that would have meant… Read More Curmudgeon’s Corner: Rural Vs Urban
I went bughunting today! All of these photos were taken in my front garden in early evening. I really do need to get out and do this more often. Enjoy!
For the last couple of years – and probably for the next 2-4 years – I’ve had a tiny garden. This is a change from big gardens most of my life. When I was in highschool and worked for a landscaping business I had a flower garden that would make people stop to exclaim over… Read More Tiny Garden, Big Yields
Spring has always been, for me, the beginning of a new year. Winter is a time of enduring, waiting for the return of warmth, flowers, and the sun. When the rains come and the green unfurls, then I feel the quickening of my heart in time with the bird’s song. I’ve had a garden always,… Read More Potential
I was reading a book the other day that mentioned a hothouse. It was a British mystery, and the hothouse did actually play a role… and if you like Brit mysteries I can highly recommend this series which starts with A Man of Some Repute and is set in the Cold-War Era (just don’t bother… Read More Live like an Orchid
I’ve been taking pictures of bees, butterflies, wasps, beetles, and more for years now. What do they all have in common? They are pollinators of flowers large and small. Many of my photos are of honeybees, but pollinators are a diverse group.
There are flowers blooming, and the birds are singing their hearts out as I type this. I think spring has finally made an arrival. I have plants in the front hall waiting for me to have a moment to put them in the ground (later today, I hope). We went to Kentucky last week, where… Read More Spring’s Arrival
America has a global reputation for being the land of fast food. Sure, we all do it. Life is a whirl, and sometimes you just can’t spend the time to create something truly good. But I’ve made and eaten some memorable meals over the years, with my family and loved ones. I think those memories… Read More Beautiful America: Slow Food
My weekly post is up at ASM: Click Here I compare two of my favorite pasttimes to one another, gardening and writing. Also, how editing is a lot like weeding!
Earth’s grand eruption of life blossoms and grows anew green shoots, pink petals promise fruit. Farm wife tends lavish gardens Back bent painfully Rewards reaped for hoeing long. Earthy woman all day through Vital lover’s kiss greets night’s darkness with passion. Sleep comes suddenly to her His shoulder under cheek Her lashes flutter down softly. … Read More Farm Wife