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Archive for May, 2010

baby ducks & geese

On a winding road between Prompton and Honesdale, is a hardworking team deeply committed to organic farming practices that call themselves the ant hill. Pictures of the rolling hillside, orchards, grassy paths that lead to a hidden lake, and well-designed vegetable plots only begin to show the hard work and dedication of the contributors to this farm. Pookah and I, along with some dear friends, recently took the opportunity to visit The Ant Hill Farm, stroll the property, and meet its residents. (more…)

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Have you reached your frost date?  Have you performed the hardening off process?  Do the plants look healthy and stable with several leaves?  Then you are ready to transplant your plants to your garden.  Begin with plants that have not been recently soaked from watering.  You’ll want to work with soil that is somewhat loose – not compact from dryness or muddy with moisture.  You will also need a small trowel, compost or bone meal or other type of fertilizer, and a bucket of water.

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Spinach Salad

May 16th first garden greens

Just showing off the season’s first organically grown salad greens from our garden.  We collected enough baby spinach leaves last weekend to enjoy a little salad with our dinner.  It was so darn pretty, I just had to show you.  The grape tomatoes and red onion are from the store.  Eventually, the whole dish was doused with balsamic vinegar, topped with feta cheese, and happily devoured.

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You can purchase very pretty self watering containers, but they are costly.  With a little research, we found instructions for many different models that you can construct at home from just about anything.  Here is how we made ours.  We have chosen features from several different models and we are using recycled materials obtained free of charge.  This is an experiment of sorts, time will tell if this structure will actually wick enough water into the soil to keep our plants alive throughout the summer.  It has a utilitarian look to it, but this technique could be used with a decorative container if you prefer.  If you build your own, your measurements and materials will vary as much as your imagination, so please let us know how you built it and how well it worked.   (more…)

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May 7th Ripening Berries

WE LOVE BERRIES!  I’ve mentioned before that I have way too many strawberry plants taking over the garden, and we still never seem to have enough berries.  We eat them too quickly to make preserves and each year that I try to slice and freeze them for the future, someone (ahem… Silverback) eats them right out of the freezer!  No, we just cannot keep nature’s candy in Mrs. Frisbie’s House for long.   (more…)

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