Category Archives: Gardening

The Garden

Things have been quiet around here. We’ve been busy getting ready for our travels and watching our garden grow. The Patented Lancia-Ibanez Planting Method, for those in the know, is grabbing a handful of seeds and throwing them like rice … Continue reading

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Spring Garden, Spring Cleaning, and Farmer’s Markets

Jess and I are here in Gainesville, hoping that our gamble we’re going to play this week will pay off and there will be no more cold snaps this season. Seemingly, spring has arrived full force, which means that our … Continue reading

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Want worms in your kitchen?

I have a dog and a cat. Both are lovable, sweet, and I can’t imagine life without them, but as productivity goes, I wouldn’t describe them as workhorses. Compared to the labors of the yeasts and lactobacilli I routinely encourage … Continue reading

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The Mushroom Garden

Yesterday I finally got around to building a bed for the wine cap mushroom spawn I ordered. I followed the procedure laid out in Paul Stamets’ excellent book on mushroom ecology, Mycelium Running. To reduce competitor organisms, he recommends making … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Spring Garden

I’d like to start a conversation about incorporating sustainable, simple, and perennial elements into our landscapes. My day job is freelance writing, both features for print or the web and more prosaic business writing like marketing materials and such. I … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Mushrooms

You know, being an adult is nothing like being in college, except, you know… The more things change, the more they stay the same. About a year ago, I learned that it was possible to grow oyster mushrooms on coffee … Continue reading

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How does a beehive work?

Since I guess I’ll be writing quite a bit about the furry aliens in the boxes in my back yard, it seems helpful to maybe create a tagged set of posts as “Beekeeping 101,” to provide some general information about … Continue reading

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Spring Garden

LIfe has been busy here at the homestead. Good, but busy. This, plus Jess being as mad about cooking as I am about making art, makes for a rather cooking-heavy blog of late. If it could be called an art … Continue reading

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The Seedlings, They’re A-Comin!

Gardeners engage in a kind of wish-fulfilling time travel. It’s January, yes, but in our bones we can feel the world dreaming of spring. A few weeks back, I finally got around to filling in some mini-greenhouse flats with organic … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Greens

For most of my life, rainy days have been something to frown about. For one, I find it near impossible to get up. Today, it took three alarms, a disgruntled dog, a loving and patient partner, my bear slippers, a … Continue reading

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