Tag: pesticides

Dan Rather Reports – Buzzkill. The bees are dying, 40-90% of them are gone and without them we could be facing major food shortages. Pesticides? Mites? Cell phones? Nobody knows for sure. Will we ever learn that we have to live in harmony with nature, or perish? [First 35 minutes of the 52 minute show] […]

Two-bit Guru | Give 'n Take | Photo of a weed in the foreground with pole beans in the background getting ready to harvest

“Giving, in all its forms, might be the key to creating heaven on this earth” ~Two-bit Guru~ Throughout the growing season the earth gives us gifts: peas and lettuce early, potatoes and dry beans near the end, but if we didn’t give to the earth along the way, the harvest wouldn’t be nearly as abundant, […]

0162-Happy-Planet-Index-FI

With all the gloomy events and prognostications in the world today, it is immensely refreshing to hear Nic Marks sharing his research and his thoughts in this TEDtalk, “The Happy Planet Index.” Marks cites five things to do to be Happy: Connect with other people Be active Take notice of what is going on in […]

0136 Worm Tea FI

Worm tea may have had its origin in a series of eight agricultural lectures given in 1924 by the spiritual scientist, Rudolf Steiner. These teachings are available in his book “Agricultural Course: The Birth of the Biodynamic Method.” To my way of thinking, Steiner thoroughly understood the link between the spiritual and physical realms. He […]

0129 Ode to Junk - dave with hoses

Why do I have more leaky garden hoses than anyone else in the entire village? It’s not only because I’m a gardener but also because I absolutely adore stuff that other people have thrown away. It’s all free! I love trash picking the way some people love major league baseball, or ballet, or Sudoku. I […]

0116 World According to Monsanto FI

When I began this blog, one of my parameters was to emphasize the positive and do my best to not be confrontational. This short post is partly about Never Saying Never. No matter how lofty one’s intentions, a time might arise wherein there seems to be no avoiding confrontation. What would such a time be? […]

Still from the second garden cam.

Here’s a look at what’s going on with Garden Cam 2. You can read Part I here. You can see parts of the 3 rows on this camera. The second raspberry plot is at the bottom of the frame. The raspberry canes are about 2 feet high now. The semi-dwarf Honeycrisp apple tree is toward […]

0039 First Video Blog FI

We did this video blog in about as unprepared a way as you could imagine. No script, no thought, just aim the camera and shoot. You can see that a lot of care went into my wardrobe, too. We plan on doing more video, although this time of year isn’t the best for showing off […]

Here's one turkey that won't be celebrating Thanksgiving this year. Image courtesy of BarelyFitz via flickr.com.

This is the day folks give thanks with prayers of appreciation for roast turkey, for the stuffing, for the cranberry sauce, the potatoes, the gravy, the rolls, the pumpkin pie, the veggies, even including the squash that normally has no chance of appreciation at all as compared to the corn or the peas. We might […]

Justus von Liebig

View part I here. By the 19th century the Western world was busily developing a mechanistic view of life. No doubt many culprits contributed to the undoing of Mother Nature but one character worthy of attention is Baron Justus von Liebig. Justus von Liebig – Image courtesy of Wikipedia In around 1840 von Liebig invented […]