Category: garden

  • Why Americans are Going Local

    Yesterday Kristen and I listened to an author, Andrew Potter, describe the American movement towards all things local and eco-friendly as conspicuous consumption. It felt like an elitist slap in the face. His book is called, The Authenticity Hoax. (I’ve not read it) You can see the transcript to the Marketplace segment, “The new holier than…

  • Garden Awesomeness

    Adolescent watermelon, originally uploaded by mclanea. There’s lots of fun stuff happening in our garden. Watermelon are coming in strong. And we’re hoping to pick a big batch of jalapeño this weekend. Right behind that are a whole heap of eggplant. Our little garden experiment is going quite well. Thanks to all who encourage us.

  • Garden Update: Success and Failure

    Note: This was my first iPhone movie. Stupid me didn’t use the HD end of the camera. Sorry about that! Here are a few more pictures I shot this evening.

  • What’s growing in the garden?

    Our backyard organic garden experiment started about 6 months ago. Way back in January we had no idea that by July we would have a wide variety of vegetables. But the picture above shows what our normal biweekly harvest now looks like. On top of that,  herbs, summer squash, eggplant, jalapeño, and the occasional strawberry.…

  • J.R. Organics Farm Tour

    We’ve got this crazy idea that we want to know where our food comes from. It’s odd for me to think that oranges grow in my backyard but an orange I buy at Vons probably comes from Australia. Walking through your grocery store there are literally foods from every corner of the globe. Supporting local…

  • Bean Crazy

    Our summer garden is coming right along. This is our bean patch. We’ve got climbing pole beans in the front. You can see that the pole beans have gotten to the top of my makeshift bean-o-matic. So I just thought I’d encourage the growth some more by extending the twine from that bean-o-matic over to…

  • Urban Farming Inspiration

    Kristen and I are now 5 months into our experiment. Our goal is to grow or purchase 25% of our food locally in 2010. So far, it’s been a fun experiment! And in the process we’ve found a hobby that the whole family can participate in. One thing that has been incredibly satisfying is knowing…

  • The harvest is coming!

    Yellow tomatoes, originally uploaded by mclanea. Yesterday Paul and I were doing our daily look through the garden. He leaned in and yelled, “Daddy, check this out! We’ve got lots of tomatoes!” In just a couple of weeks all of our summer garden plants will mature and start producing produce. We can’t wait!