Late-Season Crops

It is high summer, but I have to be thinking about what we will be eating this fall. The average first frost date for this area is September 30th. That means I have just over sixty days of growing outside. The greenhouse next door will give me another week or two and our own greenhouse … More Late-Season Crops

Homemade Plant Fertilizer: Urine + Ashes

Nitrogen is the biggest bottleneck in post-fossil-fuel food production. Before the advent of the Haber-Bosch process, which compresses atmospheric nitrogen (N2) and hydrogen (H2) into ammonia fertilizer (NH3), nitrogen was harvested everywhere it could be found, from remote islands covered in bird droppings (even leading to a war) to domestic dung heaps. Surprisingly enough, the … More Homemade Plant Fertilizer: Urine + Ashes

Low-Tech COVID 19: Garden Planning Considerations

This is part of an ongoing series of #LowTechResilience to COVID-19. We’re concerned enough about the pandemic and economic effects to encourage you, and anyone who will listen, to start thinking ahead — months ahead. The Fisherman & the Little Fish A poor Fisherman, who lived on the fish he caught, had bad luck one … More Low-Tech COVID 19: Garden Planning Considerations

Low-Tech COVID 19: Borrow Gardening Tools from Us for Free

This is part of an ongoing series of #LowTechResilience to COVID-19. We’re concerned enough about the pandemic and economic effects to encourage you, and anyone who will listen, to start thinking ahead — months ahead. We’re pushing people to plant #ResilienceGardens (see our posts here). We want to help out while maintaining social distance. Maybe … More Low-Tech COVID 19: Borrow Gardening Tools from Us for Free