HAVE A GARDENER OR READER on your list? Maybe “The Backyard Parables” or “And I Shall Have Some Peace There”–my two most recent books–or even a set of both might make a good gift. Signed, or signed and gift-wrapped copies available–and the shipping’s on me. Shop on-sale items here (or read more about the books first at this link).
DEAR SANTA: A girl my age doesn’t need any more “stuff,” so let’s emphasize the practical, shall we, old friend? Easier mowing; less mess with the kitchen scraps; more pro tools to process garden harvest into food that keeps; warmer (and also skid-proof) tootsies in winter; oh, and a tactic for truly flipping squirrels the bird (as in squirrel-proof bird feeders). Those gifts would make garden types like myself truly happy. Those–and maybe just a small herd of the madcap cashmere cats that my neighbor makes from recycled sweaters? [read more…]
THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES about a different kind of seed company–seed companies that don’t just package and re-sell seeds, but actually grow some or all of their inventory themselves, spending endless hours year in and year out first-hand, making sure each crop is the best it can be. This week, my guest on the blog and on radio is Lia Babitch, co-manager of Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seeds—a very special company for many reasons even beyond the TLC they put into their open-pollinated crops. We talked about some exceptional peas, beans, yellow tomatoes, winter squash and even a chicory—a new-to-the catalog crop for winter forcing. [read more…]
I’M STUCK ON A DR. SEUSS RIFF: ‘How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon…My goodness how the time has flewn…” While that plays on a continuous loop in my head, there are also moments of panic: Did I forget to turn off the outdoor tap and drain the lines? Is the potted rosemary in a place that will make it happy all winter? I’m double-checking, and doing other last-minute tasks that make up the December chores—the year’s shortest list. Most important, I’m working on memorizing another Dr. Seuss-ism: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” [read more…]