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June 2010 Blog Posts (5)

Celt's Garden - Cheap Garlic Tricks

It's time to go out and snap off those cute curly garlic scapes. You want the plant to be frustrated in its reproductive mission and direct its photosynthesis into making a bulb. The bulb stores energy for another try next year, unless you get there first and put it into the spaghetti. The scapes have become quite the high priced delicacy, a side benefit of growing your own. It's also time to hill up the potatoes. This means burying the stems so that the plant will grow more tubers. Otherwise,… Continue

Added by Celt M. Schira on June 24, 2010 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Celt's Garden - Moo Juice Season

"Wow, that is really good. That tastes so creamy!" "Now, that tastes like the milk we used to get out of the tank back on the dairy farm." Jackie's Jersey milk got raves from my taste test panel. Jackie's Jerseys (Terra Organica, Coop, Sumas IGA) is a dairy farm with 18 cows, all Jerseys. Eighteen cows is too many to be a hobby and nowhere near enough for a conventional dairy. The normal conventional dairy in Whatcom county has 500 - 600 cows. In California, dairies can have 10,000… Continue

Added by Celt M. Schira on June 21, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Need some good news for a change?

If you are like me, after you read or watch the news, you are downright depressed. But there are actually some very positive and wonderful things happening in the world- the media just finds they don't garner the same attention and readership. I actually read the other day that reading some bad news makes our brain release a tiny bit of dopamine, so it can even be addictive!

I've decided to post some good news as often as I can, and if it brightens someone's…

Added by Kate Clark on June 12, 2010 at 7:18pm — 14 Comments

Celt's Garden - Crunch Time in the Garden

The summer garden planting time is upon us, and a right good trick it is. In between the downpours, it's time to rush out and plant tomatoes, peppers, basil, summer and winter squashes, sweet corn, beans and cucumbers. Those brave and blessed with a good microclimate may try some northern adapted melons. Russian Collective Farm Woman melon is my choice this year. Last year, I planted a French heirloom cantaloupe thingy and got a half dozen drippingly sweet softball sized melons. The full force… Continue

Added by Celt M. Schira on June 10, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Permaculture Design Course starting next weekend (June 14th)

Hi everyone. I am really excited about our two week intensive Permaculture Design Course at Feral Farm. Imagine camping at a beautiful, naturally managed farm on the Sauk River for 2 weeks, learning how to survive and live sustainably. Students will work on how to manage our waste and generate electricity onsite, as well as coming up with a comprehensive design and… Continue

Added by David Zhang on June 3, 2010 at 6:14pm — No Comments

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