Farming/Gardening

Do Spiders Spin More Webs in October or Do We Just Notice Them More?

Do Spiders Spin More Webs in October or Do We Just Notice Them More?

2 by / on October 22, 2013, 7:43 am / in Farming/Gardening, Ponderings

That’s the question in the Market this week. Spider webs have always been part of Halloween spookiness, so I wanted to know if we see more spider webs in October because there are more webs. The answer is, actually, yes. Spiders are around all summer, eating other insects we consider pests, enjoying sunshine and warmth, and the smell of dirt […]

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A Gardener's Friend: The garden spider.

Inviting Friends to the Garden: Or Organic Pest Control 101

2 by / on May 19, 2013, 12:20 am / in Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

The farming season is in full swing, which means most of our energy these days is going into hoeing, planting, pest control and very soon now, harvesting. By FAR the worst job is Pest Control. Actually, it’s the only bad job in the garden. Planting, harvesting, even hoeing have satisfying rhythms to them that invite reflection, listening, paying attention and […]

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Growing Earthy Goodness–Mushrooms in Your Own Backyard

Growing Earthy Goodness–Mushrooms in Your Own Backyard

0 by / on May 2, 2013, 9:14 am / in Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

What’s woodsy-flavored, meaty, 10 times more flavorful than button mushrooms, speckled, and lowers blood serum cholesterol, has anti-cancer properties, is relatively high in protein*, high in B vitamins, and trace minerals? Shiitake mushrooms. In Japan they are honored with the same status we give apples. “Eat a shiitake a day and keep the doctor away…”. That’s actually a very bad […]

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Planting Seedlings So That They Live–A Step by Step Guide

Planting Seedlings So That They Live–A Step by Step Guide

1 by / on March 28, 2013, 10:22 am / in Farming/Gardening

Yesterday Mark and I planted about 700 Walla Walla and Spanish Sweet onion plants and another tray of broccoli (32 seedlings).  We did some spring cleaning in the hives, which meant we suited up, got the smoker going and swapped out every other super frame with a new one. It’s our way of avoiding using antibiotics and other medications to […]

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Building Raised Beds

Building Raised Beds

0 by / on March 17, 2013, 10:07 pm / in Farming/Gardening, Preservation Projections

A walk through Portland neighborhoods offers lots of examples of raised beds in front yard landscapes. We see painted wood and brick beds, cedar beds and frameless ones, tiered beds and raised beds set in a row like a garden in the country.  In the spring, summer and fall these beds add color, texture and dimension to front yards, and […]

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