Archive | November, 2012

Wood Pecker attacks my house

It seems like a never-ending battle between life and death around here. Raise some chicks…kill the roosters.  Save the dog…kill the coyote. Watch the baby birds grow…and now – terminate the woodpeckers. I love all birds…at least until they attack my house. There’s been at least 5 different ones here in the last 10 days. The noise […]

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Dandelion Extract in the News

This is new news: (all italics are my words) Scientist and government are just starting to get it. They are agreeing to do toxicology trials on dandelions. If they figure out the dandelion root tea is the end all to cancer what will they do – tax us per dandelion on our property? It would […]

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My Tortured Mower

We’re considering getting a different garden tractor with mower and cultivator. As you know, I use the mower a lot in the garden for mashing and crashing everything. I think there should be a small garden implement just for scrambling and recycling hard, tough corn stalks and sunchokes. This mower really isn’t meant for that kind […]

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Collecting Seeds-Lettuce

Pay attention to what color and form the original seeds are in when you make your first purchase. I have lettuce seeds that are black and others that are white. Watch for the same ‘look’ when you harvest.  Lettuce seeds take a long time to grow in respect to our northern climate. That’s why I sew […]

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Collecting seeds: radish

The dog tried to make a nest in what’s supposed to be my radishes for seed. As the dead and drying plants layed on the porch minding themselves, the dog decided to clutter them around in a circle . There wasn’t enough in the pile to make much of a nest for all her troubles, but you could […]

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Radish Leaf Pesto

Radish Leaf Pesto – 2 large handfuls of good-looking radish leaves, stems removed – 30 grams (1 ounce) hard cheese, such as pecorino or parmesan, grated or shaved using a vegetable peeler – 30 grams (1 ounce) nuts, such as pistachios, almonds, or pinenuts (avoid walnuts, which make the end result too bitter in my opinion) […]

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Posted in Food Fascinations, Using Nature6 Comments

Dog’s Recovery

She recovered from the near-drowning emergency at the dugout. Slowly over the hours she finally quit shaking and bobbing, we put her outside to finish her rest and she’s doing well today. She’s bouncy and happy again…miracle of miracles! I still remember the moments of trauma – wondering if she would make it. I made this video in […]

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What Disaster Looks Like…

Catch a glimpse of New York from the street level where Hurricane Sandy hit. See the love of Helping Hands:                                                                                        <iframe src=”;color=fad728” width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen>″>Hurricane Sandy Helping Hands</a> from <a href=””>Joshua Brown</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p> Be a friend by sharing…

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