Too Optimistic…?

early gardening

Gardening season officially starts here on Mother’s Day. That’s typically when all chance of frost has passed. But, maybe courtesy of global warming, there is no frost in the 10-day forecast. In fact, I probably could have planted a week ago and still been alright. May be the first year that I actually get in two full crop rotations… Gotta take the good with the bad.

By |2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00May 1st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments

Best Organic Seed Catalog

The temp is a whopping 20 degrees outside, but I’m thinkin’ Spring.  Yes, it’s that time of year already — time to order seeds for this year’s garden!

Regular readers know that I’m big on annual garden experiments. An experiment that I didn’t chronicle last season was trying seeds from a variety of catalogs.

Since I save most of my seeds, I only grow from organic open-pollinated seeds. That immediately limits my selection.

I chose seeds from:

Fedco: They have the most extensive list and greatest quantity of seeds available (good for the serious gardener and small farmer).  Since they’re in Maine, most of their seeds do well from Zone 5 up.

Seeds of Change: They offer […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00January 31st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|13 Comments

Got a Garden? Get It Enrolled

Million-Pollinator-GardenIf you’re into gardening, you know about the pollination crisis. If you have a garden that attracts pollinators, please consider registering your garden at

The effort is to create a contiguous web of pollinator habitat across the country to save our native pollinators.

Nutrition ( lots of pollen and nectar sources) is very important to help pollinators withstand the diseases, mites and pesticides they are exposed to in the environment.

Having habitat for native pollinators is important too. A stone wall, bare ground and small piles of dried plant stem material will provide nesting area for solitary native pollinators.

If you don’t have a garden, maybe spending a little time on the […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00January 22nd, 2016|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

Best Pie Crust Recipe

Apropos of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share my secret pie crust recipe. There are a bazillion pie crust recipes out there. So why is this perhaps the best? Because it uses science to help get the best flake and the best taste.


2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 stick cold unsalted butter
8 oz shortening
1/4 cup ice water
2 tablespoons vodka
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt


For best crust, use CAKE flour, not all-purpose flour. Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Add  chunks of butter and shortening. Pulse several times, until butter is the size of peas. With machine running, pour in ice water and vodka and pulse  until the […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00November 26th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments
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