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Planning Crop Rotation

Routines help our lives run smoothly in so many ways.  My husband excels at remembering exactly when to do certain maintenance on the car and the house.  Immediately after a heavy rainstorm, he’s up on the ladder, cleaning out the gutters so they won’t become clogged with leaves.  He’s also faithful about the lawn mowing […]

Continue Reading By on February 19, 2011 in eating better, garden, outdoor

Groundhogs & Earthworms

Weather note:  So many people are enduring treacherous, blizzard conditions this week, especially in the Midwest and North!  You may be too busy shoveling snow to care that today is Groundhog Day.  Phil says early spring, huh?  While you’re taking a break and staying warm, maybe you’ll allow me to share about the outdoors as a classroom.  Then […]

Continue Reading By on February 2, 2011 in green, outdoor, Scrappy Sprouts, sustainable

Rodale Institute Studies Organic Farming

Rural Eastern Pennsylvania’s rolling green fields include a 333-acre farm that’s leading the way for organic crop research.  The nonprofit Rodale Institute has finished a year of farm trials, including a study on arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus, which can help plants thrive when it lives in healthy relationship with their roots.  The Institute boasts of running the longest ever study […]

Continue Reading By on January 13, 2011 in farm, garden, green, organic

Reading Rodale’s Organic Gardening Book

I was picking up a last-minute Christmas gift from the bookstore when I spotted a goodly green volume that became my own holiday treat.  It’s Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening.  This 2009 edition promises to be a thoroughly updated version of the one first edited by J.I. Rodale in 1959.  I’m interested because of my family’s ongoing efforts […]

Continue Reading By on January 10, 2011 in book reviews, eating better, farm, garden, green, organic