what has NY got that we don’t got in oregon? we might have gigantic trees and the biggest ocean in our coastal bioregion, but there are some ways that new york outshines us.
woodchucks. high prevalence. not available in oregon.
snow after mother’s day. see those flakes? not gonna . . . → Read More: NY rocks
the bees have moved on to this new favorite attraction. golden-chain tree. fixes nitrogen, makes bees very happy and lights up the yard with bright yellow blooms.
another corner of the yard is painted purple.
one more nice surprise in the shrubbery department is the tall oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) at the . . . → Read More: around the farm
we’ve been celebrating rich’s daughter’s graduation this past week, and had gorgeous weather in which to put family members to work in the garden. rich’s parents visited for a week and helped us clear the way for digging the second half of the garden. i had hacked down the salmonberry in very early spring, . . . → Read More: around the farm
last week i made some new compost bins. look at that fine joinery (haha, i did not take any closeups, because i perform joinery with scrap ropes off the beach, not fasteners.)
how i know my man really, really likes me: he let me fill up his truck with manure. i mucked out my friend’s . . . → Read More: around the farm
we’re nibbling little fresh bits from our garden here and there still- brussels sprouts, our first artichoke, and the tomatoes that are still ripening in the windowsill, finally pulled off their vines and rescued from the ensuing cold. certainly there will be greens for a while yet- kale and chard are such mainstays. there are . . . → Read More: around the farm ~ filled my pantry
loved digging potatoes this weekend with my barefoot little boy. i have heard predictions of a cold wet fall here in the pnw, and my under-the-spruce-tree potatoes were planted under straw… so rather than store them in the “ground” until the last before-frost . . . → Read More: around the farm
i was having a rough friday afternoon. the transitions between mama’s and dada’s have been key stress points for all of us, and i want to say that this is true mostly of quinn, but i have to admit, on average the transitions are the highest stress level of my day to . . . → Read More: grapeful weekend
lots of random and inspiring things on my mind right now…
rachel’s thought-provoking post on technology ambivalence
sunchokes sound like an amazing staple crop i am going to have to try my hand at growing.
seeds into soil, seeds into soil, repeat. my . . . → Read More: on my mind
there is a so much right now… it’s overwhelmingly sweet and poignant and heart-wrenching and growth-promoting… i leave on a 10-day research cruise in less than two weeks, and finally was able to start that conversation with quinn, after much hemming and hawing and stalling on my part.
it was pushing 9:30 sunday night. . . . → Read More: gradual milestones
i live in a temperate rain forest climate, and so i have been reminded when i have mentioned my slightly fanatical water conservation obsession. i think the argument coming from these ridiculing parties, is that i don’t need to conserve water when there is water everywhere around me. yet, i know for a fact the . . . → Read More: grey water goddess