Here’s a great way to spend a Saturday: driving around in rural Charlotte-ish areas, then walking around and seeing goats, horses, cattle, pigs, donkeys, plants, and bees. Yes, bees.
Some folks and I gathered a couple of weeks ago to tour three farms. The first was Apple Orchard Farm (my favorite!), the second was Maple Springs (too pumpkiny and commercial), and a third one I forgot the name of (with sad animals).
I took and posted quite a few pictures, because most of the animals were adorable, and the ones that weren’t were often notably sad.
Apple Orchard will definitely become my go-to farm for if/when we need extra meat supplies between CSA boxes.
Continue reading Farm Tours: Goats, Horses, and Cows
Let’s go ahead and get the bad out of the way:
I put several of the two-leaf seedlings outside for a day or two, thinking that sun is awesome. Tomatoes want “full sun”, right?
…Sun isn’t awesome.
Continue reading 2011 Gardening: Some Stall, Some Progress
Greg and I are doing part two of our honeymoon this weekend with a visit to Pawleys Island. I’m not sure about the whole “arrogantly shabby” thing, but we’ve never been to a North/South Carolina beach, so it’ll be an adventure. I hope it’s not too cold for swimming.
…I might swim regardless.
- Hill Gardens of Maine – What’s Wrong With My Seedlings? – Awesome article on light and temperature treatment of indoor plants and why seedlings end up spindly and weak (like mine are!).
- Twitter / @Adwoa D. : Political Correctness – Weird to link to something on Twitter here, but I love this statement.
- WikiLeaks: grand jury hearing opens in US – Telegraph – I had no idea that journalists couldn't attend grand jury hearings–that's shitty.
- Who is Osama bin Laden? – Boing Boing – I tend to resist the urge to blame the educational system for things, so some of the comments on this post annoyed me. That said, I hadn't thought about the fact that my own little sister was 2 (count 'em!) when 9/11 occurred. How crazy is that?
- How do you convince the average web user to switch to a non-IE browser? – Nothing incredibly new here, but it does include the following exchange:
“Why do you use Internet Explorer? Do you know that there are other options for browsers?”, I asked.
“No, not really. As far as I’m concerned, when I access the internet, I just need to click on the big blue ‘e’ and do a search. I don’t know why I would use anything else.”
“What does the ‘e’ stand for, Alex?”
“The ‘e’ stands for ‘internet’”, he replied.
- Lego Apartment – Look at this awesomeness. Everything folds away; it's pretty slick.
Continue reading Weekly Linkage: Flipping Friday
There’s a bit of everything in week’s internet cruising:
This spring–and, admittedly, my impending marriage–brought out my green thumb. The prospect of moving this summer to an apartment that will probably have fewer windows makes me want more green in my house.
Much to Greg and Chris’s amusement, I’m planting almost everything I get my hands on:
- a peach pit (planted before winter in the hopes of a spring sprout that hasn’t come),
- cilantro (from packaged seeds),
- basil (also from packaged seeds),
- tomatoes (packaged seeds),
- garlic cloves (unused in a risotto dinner),
- orange seeds (from a late-night snack), and
- a green onion (unused from a frittata meal)
This is all in addition to my two trusty cacti (a saguaro and a tephrocactus articulatus). Seventy-plus years until the first saguaro arm!
The pots and cans are covering our tall “bar” counter, fireplace mantle, and encroaching onto the stand where we keep movies and games.
Continue reading 2011 Gardening: The Start of Awesomeness