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Posts Tagged ‘Zone 6’

For those of you in Zone 6 it is time to start digging up those potatoes. By now your tops should have died off or perhaps completely disappeared and the little gems are hiding under the earth, just waiting to be found. If you were one of the many who chose to container plant your potatoes this year, your job should be pretty easy. Just take your vessel to an empty patch in your garden, preferably one that has been cleared and finished for the season. Dump out your container Start Read more [...]
On our little urban, half-acre  plantation, my husband and I are not left wanting when it comes to garden space (except wanting a farm...and a house in Ireland...) but being the thrifty person that I am I like to know that I am making the most of what I've got.  But as I haven't yet [yet] convinced my husband to put in a chicken coop and till me another tier to my veggie garden, I try to make my garden beautiful as well as functional. For example,               This Read more [...]
My husband sent me yet another depressing article this morning about rising food prices world wide. Due to high costs for fuel for shipping and poor weather conditions destroying crops, fresh produce, meat and dairy cost have sky rocketed. Now even TAPIOCA costs are going up!  Where does it end?? Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears The starchy cassava root has long been an important ingredient in everything from tapioca pudding and ice cream to paper and animal feed. But Read more [...]
For the last few years I have been starting seeds in those little plastic Burpee or Jiffy seed starting greenhouses.  I am here to tell you, DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY. They are flimsy for the cost and those ghastly peat pods never expand to their expected size, they hold too much water initially and then never quite absorb the way they are supposed to again, PLUS the little "biodegradable" netting so not biodegradable. I have tossed failed seeds with their pods into my compost and years and years later, Read more [...]
This week  I sadly finished the last book in what is now one of my favorite series and although the are innumerable fantastic quotes in this series I wanted to share one of my favorites from the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness "We are the choices we make." -Monsters of Men Today, I feel like we would all do well to remember that. Enjoy your weekend, and Pittsburghers and Zone 6, start your peppers and Brussels sprouts by the 19th! Read more [...]