Gardening

The Tao of The Fall Cilantro

The Tao of The Fall Cilantro

Spring cilantro is difficult in Michigan. Even with slo-bolt varieties — those that can withstand higher temperatures for longer periods before they begin to “bolt” or set seed, which makes the flavor of the leaves bitter even to those of us who otherwise love the […]

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Let’s Talk About San Marzano Redorta: The World’s Best Canning Tomato

Let’s Talk About San Marzano Redorta: The World’s Best Canning Tomato

This morning I plucked a few early canning tomatoes from the garden. Straddling feral watermelon vines that went berserk while we were at fair last week, I found the first ripe torpedoes of the year tucked down deep beneath the six-foot canopies these parent plants […]

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On Soil Temperature and Seed Germination

The last time the soil was as warm as it is right now, this early in the season, was 2012. That year we didn’t have a proper winter at all, and I had been harvesting lettuce from the garden until well into the middle of […]

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The Myth of Cheap Garden Hauls + Heirloom Favorites

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I’ll just grow my own, it’s cheaper!” I would have at least one large piggy bank full of nickels. I’ve heard it about fruits and vegetables, pigs, cows, sheep… basically, if it comes […]

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On Genetic Diversity & Being Duped

Being a small farm that produces niche food products we often find ourselves walking a very fine line; one between taking concerns over the direction of our nation’s food supply seriously (because we, ourselves, are concerned, too — I’d contend virtually all farmers are) and […]

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Seed Starting 101

As of today there are ten weeks left until the average date of last frost in our area. Of the past three years there was only one where we experienced frost that late in the year — May 10, 2010 — and it was just […]

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2013 Grow List

One Robin, three gaggles of geese, and nine skunks — four live, five of the roadkill variety — have been spotted here since the middle of last week. It may not be spring-like outside, but the signs that she is, in fact, on her way […]

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On Hardiness Zones

If you want to drive me absolutely guano loco tell me you’re planning a vegetable garden and then ask me what type of broccoli or tomatoes or green beans or corn or peppers or any other common annual vegetable you should plant for your zone.

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Gardening 101: GMOs, Hybrids, and Heirlooms

A quick jaunt through the internet, making sure to skip through a few gardening blogs and communities, and you’ll quickly find two things: 1) GMOs are of tremendous concern to America’s gardeners. And 2) GMOs are incredibly misunderstood among America’s gardeners. This, of course, is […]

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Planning a Vegetable Garden

Normally I’m all over this, but somehow the garden planning season has snuck up on me this year. I think it’s a combination of exhaustion from last year, worry about this year (have you seen the latest drought map?), and just a plain old lack […]

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