Shmal mentions curbside gardens as a comment in the Community Gardens blog post. This is one I saw on the PedalPalooza Permaculture ride in Portland, OR. The idea is that even if your community garden is full, you can manage to plant some good things if you're creative.… Continue
Added by Michael Levin on August 25, 2009 at 7:00am —
WOODSTOCK 40 YEARS LATER:
SEEDS FOR A NEW CONSCIOUSNESS
by Flash Silvermoon
It's really hard to wrap my head around the fact that Woodstock happened 40 years ago on Aug 15 1969! They say that if you can remember the 60’s, which were really the late 60's, then you weren't there but I beg to differ.
It amazes me that my memories of those days and particularly Woodstock are as vivid as if they were yesterday. Considering the substances that flowed through my… Continue
Florida has often been referred to as a paradise, partly because its abundance of beautiful palms. In fact, palms are a key element of classical versions of paradise like Atlantis and the Garden of Eden. Likewise, most of Florida's most iconic scenes include palms—holding the ends of a hammock on a sunny beach, being violently whipped by hurricane winds, silhouetted against a pastel sky as a smoldering orange sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico. But, as anyone who’s paddled Florida’s Gulf coast… Continue
My middle schoolers here in Arizona are undertaking a big project~ a schoolyard garden. The garden, which they have named, "The Secret Garden" is in the planning stages. We have some mesquite trees and benches, and a pretty white arch at the entry, but not much else. The kids are learning about native plants, pollinators, and water harvesting. They have recently expressed interest in planting a vegetable garden. They would like to donate the produce to the local food bank. I think this is a… Continue
I was driving my VW van, my seven year old son, Miguel, in the back, as our small, slow moving caravan of school bus, VW beetle and truck, labored up the dusty, dirt, Brown Mountain road to Nogo, Arkansas after a circuitous route, from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Austin, where others joined us to commence our adventure. This was the early contingent of sixteen hippies going to live on 40 acres on the edge of the national forest.
I remember questioning,… Continue
Today, I visited my patch at the garden. Click on the photo above to see some of my favorite things in the garden. You'll see some nice, ripening jalapeños. The cinnamon basil is finally growing enough so I can grab handfuls of it. There are some delicious cherry tomatoes. You'll see some urban mandalas. The mandalas have been moved to new places in the garden… Continue
Added by Michael Levin on August 16, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Ina Calvano sent me this video and request from Houston, TX:
"I just watched a video from charity: water, in which Matt Damon shows us the terrible plight of the hundreds of millions of people who live without access to clean water and sanitation. Read the rest here, in the All About Water…Continue
Added by Michael Levin on August 13, 2009 at 8:54am —
I've been looking for a reason to include Super Alisa in my Zoobird blog. Her writing is amazingly clever, funny and on target. This pepper dress was the ticket. Her stuff has nothing to do with organic gardening, but hey, it's peppers and we have a Pepper Zoo. WTF. Anyhoo, it's funny, worth browsing and I like… Continue
Added by Michael Levin on August 11, 2009 at 10:30am —
(Pedalpalooza Permaculture Tour - checking out Home Organic Gardens in Portland, OR - photo by Michael Levin)
Fall is approaching. How do you decide what to plant? It depends on a few things, like where you live and what you like to eat! Portland folks love home gardens. Oregon has fertile ground and lots of rain. Florida, on… Continue
I had been thinking about a bike trip that would take more than a day for a couple of summers. This summer seemed to open up an opportunity to do so. So I decided to ride from Helsinki, my current home town, to my place of birth, Joensuu.
The shortest route between these two cities is around 480kms. But since those roads have quite a heavy traffic they didn't suit my purposes of seeing the beautiful nature on the way. So the plan for the route was drawn via smaller… Continue
(photo of last Spring's Daikon radish at McRorie Community Garden, by Michael Levin)
Updated with photo!
I couple of days ago at the full moon, I wrote about germinating Daikon radish seeds. They've already sprouted! Nice way to start the day. Sh'mal, I sent you an envelope full of seeds yesterday. It's August and the temperatures are already… Continue
We entered a video contest sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association titled: “Justice for All”. Sarah Jane Lapp spent months working on it totally as a project of the heart for the elephants incarcerated at Woodland Park Zoo and at all zoos.
One of the ways the winner will be chosen is by how many views it receives on YouTube....
"The noticeably bitter taste of turnip greens has been linked by researchers to its calcium content. On an ounce-for-ounce basis, turnip greens contain about 4 times more calcium than a much less bitter-tasting cruciferous vegetables like cabbage."
Have you always wanted to make your own bread? Well, here's a little article about making rye bread with a bread machine. This bread machine came from a thrift store and only cost $11.99! The ingredients to make Russian Rye were so simple you won't believe how easy it was. Enjoy!