Sunday, September 7, 2014


The milkweed is doing just fine... And we saw our first Monarch in the yard. Hopefully he'll tell all his buddies. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prickly Pear- With Spikes

If you want your prickly pear cactus ( native to the mid-Atlantic!) to grow spikes like this, you will need to bump it now and then. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Woodpecker... In the front yard. Attacking the yucca. Now that doesn't happen every day. Couldn't get him on "film" but you can see his handiwork here.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Potatoes in a Bag

Opened up a bag - found a buncha potato spaghetti. That's how it goes when you don't keep track of things. Planted them in a hurry today. Some might make it.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Modern Farmer Magazine

There are a lot of gardening/farming magazines out there. Each have their niche audience - Urban Farm (people with less space and more money), Mother Earth News (people with more space and less money), Organic Gardening (people with more space and more money…and chablis…JK).  I've tried  all the above, and they are all good for different purposes. But my wife just brought home something that really caught my eye.

The Modern Farmer instantly caught my attention. Very well designed magazine with nice "eye feel." Seems like the Dwell of farming/gardening. Great photos and graphics abound. The covers almost seem more like what you would find on an art publication. Very eye catching. The articles range from product reviews to profiles of farmers all over the world…including the third world. There are also more scientifically focused articles which focus on deeper issues associated with food production. There are articles on farmers market ettiquette and articles on wasting food. The latter featured some pretty cool websites or apps. A Scottish one caught my attention. It's whole  purpose was to find recipes that would utilize whatever you had in your fridge. Kinda cool. Maybe useful. And it's Scottish, so…It's gotta be good. Other articles focus on Corn Mazes, growing in winter, and eating roadkill.

The website gives a feel for what the magazine has to offer: .

The next issue will feature a look at the reindeer ranching Sami in Finland and northern Scandinavia. Already looking forward to that one!