Passing the Time, Waiting for Spring

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Well I may have started the first of my seeds already, but I woke up this morning to about two feet of snow on the ground and I don’t think it’s quite finished snowing yet. It will be a while yet before I can start digging in the garden, so in the mean time I’m plotting and scheming with a big pile of books. Continue reading

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Starting Seeds Without Buying More Plastic

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The amount of plastic in the world depresses me. Lately I’ve been trying to buy less of it, instead finding ways to re-purpose things I already have or find more durable, less toxic alternatives. I used to always buy those cheap plastic seedling trays, and though I had every intention of reusing them for as long as possible, they would inevitably crack right down the middle over the course of a few back and forth trips between home and the community garden.

I also used to use those little biodegradable peat pots for my seedlings, but I never really felt great about using those either. Much like how though using a paper grocery bag is theoretically a little better than using a plastic grocery bag, I think we can all agree that its really better not to use a disposable grocery bag at all. I think its really better to just not use the little disposable seedling containers, whether they be made of plastic or paper or peat.

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So this year I’m trying some alternatives. Continue reading

Popovers!

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This weekend meyer lemons appeared in the grocery store, and that means it’s time to make marmalade.

As of Sunday morning there was still a jar or two of last year’s marmalade left in the pantry, so I decided it was time to make a batch of popovers. Steaming hot popovers are the best vehicle I know of for homemade marmalade or jam. Continue reading

Ordering Seeds

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This past weekend as the temperature rose and the snow began to melt, we were completely engulfed in the densest fog I’ve ever seen. I’m sure the temperature will drop again, but for now it feels a bit like spring and I’ve been doing lots of planning. I’m still not sure how it will all fit, but I’ve managed to narrow down my wishlist a bit and my seed orders are all in. Continue reading