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Man vs. tree

My house with trees Why do people hate and fear trees?  It seems incredible, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support such a bizarre conclusion. During a recent afternoon at my regular salon, the owner told me about an ...
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No poo for you, organic farmers!

Manure image courtesy of Shutterstock If the FDA’s proposed food safety regulations go through, the use of animal manure on farms over a certain size, or which supply food to supermarkets, will be severely limited. According to this NPR story ...
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A Growing Trend in the U.S.: Food Forests

Mound-forming alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca) tolerate a range of soil and climate conditions and produce small fruits intermittently throughout the growing season. Upstart food forests — designed landscapes incorporating perennial and woody plants that produce food — are popping up ...
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Sorry, no seeds—or cereal—for me, GM

One of Buffalo’s empty silo complexes—they’re used for art events now. Full disclosure: I have a relationship with Cheerios. On any given morning, when I step out into the garden, a pleasant smell, kind of like baking, is often lightly ...
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Half-Assed, Lazy, and Extremely Successful

The one real contribution I hope to make to the literature of vegetable gardening is my total shamelessness. I’ve been growing so much food for so long that failures of any kind do not faze me, whether due to Acts ...
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Snow Challenged Chickens

We love to think of chickens frolicking in open pastures, living the “sustainable” life by chasing bugs and laying big, beautiful eggs. But have you ever wondered what happens when winter arrives and those free-ranging hens have to deal with ...
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Quick! Drink This Before All The Tomatoes Are Gone!

I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but around these parts we still have a few good tomatoes left at the farmers market. So that’s what I’m calling this drink–The Farmers Market.  Hurry up and ...
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See you in Seattle? Plus: Plants in Bottles and ...

I’m in Seattle this week at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.  Are you there too?  Come see me! February 21 2013 03:15 PM — Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle, WA The Backyard Bartender: Secrets to Mixing Creative Cocktails ...
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Home-Canned Tomatoes: A Tantalizing Taste of Nature in Winter

Yellow pear and Black Krim varieties grew well in my garden last year. Both were delicious eaten fresh and also contributed their flavors to this winter’s stewed tomatoes. You may remember I’m an ultra-beginner at canning. Luckily, I am learning ...
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Send Me to the Commune

Beech Hill Farm Grated beet salad with red onions, carrots, and a delicious vinaigrette. Grass-fed beef steaks, perfectly grilled.  A potato salad made with homemade mayonnaise and chipotle relish. Melting, sweet homegrown tomatoes with good olive oil, sea salt and ...