Tag: seeds

The Daily Show investigates Monsanto and seed patent laws. Monsanto, shame on you. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

For a couple of years now I’ve fooled around with adding heat to cold frames to extend the growing season in both spring and fall. In a recent DIY project I made a low-wattage electrical heater that heats the soil rather than the air above the soil. In the spring, I might use this unit […]

Two-bit Guru - Growing Ground Cherries - Photo of ground cherry in husk and an open husk showing the fruit.

The ground cherries are coming. Ground cherries actually aren’t cherries at all but rather members of the Solanaceae family, also known as Nightshade. The family includes bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco, potatoes, petunia, and more. With such a wide-spread group you’d think the whole family was adopted but not so. Richard picked a half-gallon or […]

0128 - Garden Tour Part II FI

View Part I here. Still, no rain. I can’t recall a time when we’ve gone so long without rain. Nor can I recall a time when it’s been so hot. A few days ago I drove several miles away from Lake Michigan. The temperature was 103º F. I believe this is the highest natural temperature […]

0125 Garden Tour Part I FI

IF we had these 90° temperatures, day after day after day, along with substantial rainfall, this could be an ideal growing season. Fact is, we have had no rain for weeks and no rain in sight for the future forecast. With the rain barrels empty, we are watering, watering, watering with village water from the […]

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? […]

0107 How To Grow Wheatgrass Indoors FI

Wheatgrass in one of the easiest things to grow. You can be assured of an excellent crop every time. While making wheatgrass juice the kitchen fills with a wonderful aroma that says there is something nutritious going on here. I’ve never smelled anything like it. It’s a special kind of air freshener. The deep, deep […]

The new garden cam shows the other half of the garden. Notice the cold frame on the right side. Raspberries are growing in the foreground.

  On April 19 I speculated that the second garden cam would be up and running within a week. It’s turned out to be closer to two weeks, but now everything is working well. As with any project, or any part of a project, you might start with a general idea and then alter it […]

0097 Gardening in April Part II FI

Part 1 can be found here. I found the wire shelving for the indoor greenhouse as one of those remarkable coincidences that seem to not be coincidences at all. I was thinking about where I might find adjustable height shelving at a bargain to start seedlings for the garden. I had imagined what sort of […]

0091 Seed Starting Pots FI

The only justification I have for bothering to make seed pots out of toilet paper roll cores is that it gives me the opportunity to honor one of my life principles: Find at least one secondary use for most everything. Although this practice might not contribute hugely to the sustainability movement on planet earth, it […]