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Urban Garden Casual,  Sun, 25 Jul 2021 12:37:16 GMT  

Caring For Your Urban Lawn
City life can be exhausting. A long daily commute through a concrete jungle of gray and brown is a reality of life for many in and around our urban areas. But amid this manmade, non-organic reality, small urban yards can be the sanctuary we need to escape, relax and recharge after a tiring day. You […]
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City life can be exhausting.

A long daily commute through a concrete jungle of gray and brown is a reality of life for many in and around our urban areas.

But amid this manmade, non-organic reality, small urban yards can be the sanctuary we need to escape, relax and recharge after a tiring day.

You may be fortunate enough to have a lawn, and if so you shouldn’t take this for granted.

Taking care of your lawn can often be an enjoyable and relaxing activity, and it creates a beautiful space for you to enjoy with friends, family and neighbors alike.

The first thing you need to consider when caring for your lawn is how you intend to keep it maintained. In an urban space, it is important to make the most of the area that you have, so you can get the fullest experience from your yard. This invariably means keeping your lawn well trimmed and neat, if you decide to have one at all.

A mechanical lawn mower is now considered an essential for cutting your lawn efficiently, and you should consider a model appropriate to the size of the area you need to maintain. In case your lawn mower breaks down, it may be worth identifying equipment repair companies, such as Pat’s power equipment repair.

You should take care to keep your grass trim and short, according to your preference. A well-manicured lawn can add value to your home, while making your yard the envy of your neighbors. With the right lawn mower at your disposal, it should be possible to efficiently cut your grass as and when required.

It is important to water your lawn during dry periods of weather, and people often use sprinkler systems to ensure effective watering at appropriate intervals. Especially in hot summers, it can be important to keep the grass well watered, to prevent the lawn from drying out and eventually dying. You may also want to supplement your watering with nutrients, which can help to keep your lawn looking its best.

When you are using nutrients, fertilizers and other products on your lawn, it is essential to think about the environment, and the health of pets, wildlife and young children. Toxic sprays and formulas might be good for the health of your yard, but not always for the wildlife you might want to attract. Instead, it is preferable to choose organic products for lawn care, ensuring you can achieve a safe but effective treatment. Keep in mind that lawn clippings decompose quickly and will act as a fertilizer. There’s need to clean them up, unless they’re really long.

Caring for your lawn does not have to take up all of your spare time. With the right tools, and a simple, consistent approach, you can keep your lawn luscious and well manicured. This will help make sure you can enjoy your yard to the fullest, so you can properly start to relax after another stressful day in the city.

 


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You Grow Girl,  Sun, 25 Jul 2021 12:37:16 GMT  

What is a Gardener If They Can’t Garden?
As I lay here writing this on my phone from bed, just shy of 3 months on into this deep dive away from health that my body has taken, again, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a gardener when you can’t work the garden. I’ve been asking myself, “Can I even call
Illness is Not a War
We are living in wild times. It’s like we’ve all been drugged and brought inside one person’s psychotic break. I’ve been in bed for a month trying to restore harmony to my body. I’ve been living with chronic illness for 5 years. I know a little something about living through trying times and thought I’d
Something to Think About in the Garden
I have so much to say right now, but my tongue is tangled in knots. I feel so much right now, but the discomfort makes me want to hide. There is so much discomfort: Of the violence we are seeing unfold daily. It’s a brutality and injustice we’ve all known was there… but perhaps it

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A Gardener's Notebook,  Sun, 25 Jul 2021 12:37:16 GMT  

Historical Seed Catalogs – 118 in a series – Miller & Hunt Florists (1884)
Historical Seed Catalogs – 118 in a series – Miller & Hunt Florists (1884)   Download in Text, PDF, Single Page JPG, Torrent from Archive.org Publication date 1884 Topics Nurseries (Horticulture) Seeds Continue Reading

Historical Seed Catalogs – 118 in a series – Miller & Hunt Florists (1884)

Historical Seed Catalogs - 118 in a series - Miller & Hunt Florists (1884)

Historical Seed Catalogs - 118 in a series - Miller & Hunt Florists (1884)

Historical Seed Catalogs - 118 in a series - Miller & Hunt Florists (1884)

Historical Seed Catalogs - 118 in a series - Miller & Hunt Florists (1884)

 

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Publication date 1884
Topics Nurseries (Horticulture) Seeds Illinois Chicago CatalogsFlowers CatalogsPlants, Ornamental Catalogs
Publisher Chicago : Miller & Hunt. ;
Collection usda-nurseryandseedcatalogusdanationalagriculturallibraryfedlinkamericanabiodiversity
Digitizing sponsor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Contributor U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
Language English
Volume 1884

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter Cooperii) in the garden again today via TikTok [Video]
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Historical Garden Books – 138 in a series – Our gardens (1901) by Samuel Reynolds Hole
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Historical Garden Books - 138 in a series - Our gardens (1901) by Samuel Reynolds Hole

Historical Garden Books - 138 in a series - Our gardens (1901) by Samuel Reynolds Hole

Historical Garden Books - 138 in a series - Our gardens (1901) by Samuel Reynolds Hole

Historical Garden Books - 138 in a series - Our gardens (1901) by Samuel Reynolds Hole

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I ASKED a schoolboy, in the sweet summertide, “what he thought a garden was for?” and he said, Strawberries. His younger sister suggested Croquet, and the eider Garden-parties The brother from Oxford made a prompt declaration ,n favour of Lawn Tennis and Cigarettes, but he was rebuked by a solemn senior, who wore spectacles, and more back hair than is usual with males, and was told that “a garden was designed for botanical research, and for the classification of plants.” He was about to demonstrate the differences between the Acotyand the Monocoty-ledonous divisions, when the collegian remembered an engagement elsewhere.

I repeated my question to a middle-aged nymph, who wore a feathered hat of noble proportions over a loose green tunic with a silver belt, and she replied, with a rapturous disdain of the ignorance which presumed to ask — “What is a garden for? For the soul, sir, for the soul of the poet ! For visions of the invisible, for grasping the intangible, for hearing the inaudible, for exaltations” (she raised her hands, and stood tiptoe, like jocund day upon the misty mountain top, as though she would soar into space) “above the miserable dulness of common life into the splendid regions of imagination and romance.” I ventured to suggest that she would have to do a large amount of soaring before she met with anything more beautiful than the flowers, or sweeter than the nightingale’s note ; but the flighty one still wished to fly.

A capacious gentleman informed me that nothing in horticulture touched him so sensibly as green peas and new potatoes, and he spoke with so much cheerful candour that I could not be angry ; but my indignation was roused by a morose millionaire, when he declared that of all his expenses he grudged most the outlay on his confounded garden.

Dejected, I sought solace from certain ladies and gentlemen, who had expressed in my hearing their devoted love of flowers. They were but miserable comforters. Their devotion was superficial, their homage conventional : there was no heart in their worship. I met with many who held flowers in high estimation, not for their own sake, not for the loveliness and perfect beauty of their colour, their fragrance, and their form, not because even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these, but because they were the most effective decorations of their window-sills, apartments, and tables, and the most becoming embellishments for their own personal display. I found gentle-men who restricted their enthusiasm to one class of plants, ignoring all the rest ; and even in this their valuation was regulated by the rarity and the cost of the flower. “ I can assure you, my dear sir,” they said, “ that there is only one other specimen in the country, and that the happy possessor is my friend, Lord Lombard.” And I shall never forget the disastrous results which followed, when I informed one of these would-be monopolists, that I knew a third party, who had duplicates. He favoured me with a scowl of mingled disgust and doubt, sulked during the remainder of our interview, and became my bitter enemy for life.

“Such men as he are never at heart’s ease, While they behold a greater than themselves.”

Others were quite as exclusive, but with a difference of intention. They not only desired to possess, but that the public should know that they possessed, something out of the common ; and from their love of renown, or their “ sacra auri fames ‘ ’ they competed for the prizes which were awarded to their favourite flower. It seemed to me that they derived much more gratification from the cups and stakes than from the horses, who had won the race.

The unkindest cut of all, so common that it makes one callous, comes from those visitors who “ would be so delighted to see our garden ! ” and they come and see, and forget to be delighted. They admire the old city walls which surround it, they like to hear the cawing of the rooks, they are pleased with the sun-dial and the garden-chairs, but as for horticulture they might as well be in Piccadilly ! They would be more attracted by the fruit in Solomon’s shop than by all the flowers in the border.

Publication date 1901
Topics GardensFloriculture
Publisher London : J.M. Dent & Co., Aldine House
Collection leedsuniversitylibraryukmhlmedicalheritagelibraryeuropeanlibraries
Digitizing sponsor Jisc and Wellcome Library
Contributor University of Leeds Library
Language English

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New Book of Short Stories from Mort Mather
A Stone's Throw, Orvie's Stories
Back in the earliest days of the internet, Mort Mather looked around for someone to help him publish his work in this new cyberspace thing. He found me. We published his archive of organic gardening information which has helped hundreds of thousands of people garden organically.

We've been friends ever since. In fact, he still owes us a dinner at his son's excellent restaurant in Wells, Maine: Joshua's. Mort grows most of the restaurant's fresh, organic produce every year.

Mort's new book is A Stone's Throw, Orvie's Stories. You can read several pages of praise for these short stories on his site. Here's a taste:

“Mort Mather has captured the feel, the sounds and smells of rural life in the 40's”—U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

“Mort's writing is every bit as wonderful as the food in his splendid restaurant.”—J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the New York Times best­selling novels Commencement, Maine, and The Engagements

“A Stone's Throw is a wonderful collection of stories, told from the perspective of Orvie, a young boy growing up in the 1940s. Orvie's world is a swirl of outdoor adventures, forts, farm animal, school, chores, and family struggles. Through witty dialogue, rich descriptions of life on the farm, and the captivating voice of Orvie himself, Mort Mather invites you to enter Orvie's childlike imagination, and to remember your own. I love these stories and I know you will too.”—Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., best­selling author or Blue and Low­Fat Love 

A Stone's Throw is available from Maine Writers Publishing. Visit Mort's site to find out how to get an autographed copy!

Mort is a shareholder of Good to Go Farm-to-Counter, LLC, our small, organic and local food takeout restaurant opening soon in Cherry Valley, NY. We still have $100 shares in the LLC available to our friends. To find out how you can invest, click here!



Farm to Counter: The Next Great Thing
To call this a "grilled cheese" would be an insult.
We've been working on creating Good to Go, our local and organic food takeout restaurant, for a few months now. So it was with great interest that we read this recent article in the New York Times on the "farm to counter" movement. It's the Next Great Thing!

After decades of public hand-wringing about the empty calories and environmental impact of fast food, the farm-to-table notions that have revolutionized higher-end American restaurants have finally found a lucrative spot in the takeout line. The result already has a nickname: farm to counter. 

“This is not a passing fad,” said B. Hudson Riehle, the research director for the National Restaurant Association, who added that locally grown food and sustainability were the top two customer priorities reported this year in the group’s annual poll of American chefs. “It’s only going to get stronger.”

We knew this was a good idea, but we had no idea the idea was already catching on and some farm-to-counter operations are already becoming chain restaurants. If you're interested in getting in on the ground floor of the Good to Go project, which we now hope could become a chain someday, get involved! We're crowd-funding a 20% share of the company!
Good to Go is Good to Go So Let's Go!
The following post is from our new site for our new business: Good to Go Organic and Local Food Takeout Restaurant. Robin and I jumped on the chance to take over the very small space of the former Nectar Hills Farm store in Cherry Valley, NY, and turn it into a small, to-go only restaurant featuring organic and local food from our area. 

We are crowd-funding the venture--offering shares for $100 worth 0.1% of the company. We hope to sell 200 shares, worth 20% of the company. We're asking our friends, family, and readers to buy shares and support this effort to bring local and organic food to the tables, sidewalks, and picnic areas of our beautiful part of the central leather-stocking region of upstate NY. Visit the website for more information on how to invest (be sure to read the business plan).

The storefront of Good to Go Organic and
Local Food Takeout Restaurant in Cherry Valley, NY
Hi, Everyone,

My lease is signed, and 17 1/2 Main Street is waiting patiently for me to turn it into a tasty, healthy dynamo of a little kitchen. To do that, I'll need a bank loan, and to get that, I need an impressive show of support. From Friends, Family, Sustainable Food Enthusiasts, Upstate Small Business Investors, and of course, the many that want to see our dear Cherry Valley flourish. 

Here are the details

The bottom line is this:  When I open, I will give this kitchen all I have:  my heart and soul, blood, sweat and tears, and time and energy.  The copious amount of encouraging words I've received has been overwhelming,  but what I need from each of you now is another cliche altogether: put your money where your mouth is. 

If you can't afford a whole share, go in on one with somebody.  That's only fifty bucks:  one for every year of my life that has led me to this very point. Please, I am raring to go. Literally: Good To Go.  Help me get started: stomachs, palates, lives, minds, farms, the economy, the state, karma, earth...all these things will improve with this venture. Get excited with me. 

Love and thanks,
Robin Supak
Peas and Greens are Not Enough--Good Thing We Have Ramps!
Organic fertilizer honor wagon near Roseboom, NY
It's mud season up here in the Northeast, and this is the time of year I start itching to get in the mud  pit. It's also the time of year I envy you folks at more southern latitudes, who are probably already eating things from your garden. We're still a few weeks away from eating the ramps (aka wild leeks) that have poked up through the leaf carpet in the woods behind our house, little oases of green in the sea of brown.

Harvesting ramps, by the way, is considered foraging, but since they're just a few steps away from the back garden rows, and we take careful steps to make sure they spread (we only take 25% of each patch, we collect the seeds and spread them in new areas, and we sometimes plant bulbs in new areas), it's kind of like they're part of the garden. A delicious, garlicy, spinachy, oniony, leaky, mouth watering part of the garden [Homer Simpson gurgling sounds]...

All the muddy beds were overwintered with our local, organic nitrogen source, pictured here bagged and for sale in its honor wagon down the road. There's not much I can do until that mud dries up and I can get out there and plant. In the mean time, I've been bringing in more manure and building beds in areas that dry out faster, where I've been planting early greens, spinach, and peas. The deer really love the young pea shoots, but when it's still dropping below freezing at night (the forecast low for tonight is 25), I have to put a plastic tunnel cover over the row anyway, to keep the ground temp up, and that keeps the deer away from the peas until they're big enough that the deer aren't interested anymore.

Someday I'll stop playing those silly games with the wild animals, and just put an electric fence up, but for now, it's all about row covers, timing, and trapping and relocating. Last year I didn't get the trap up until after the woodchuck had eaten all the dill. This year, the trap is out already.

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Gardening Question of the Day for Saturday, March 28, 2020
Can the monkey puzzle tree grow in the United States? (answer).

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