Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-19: Big Old Round Up Version
There's a lot on our plate today, so let's jump right in ....
Something to celebrate -- October 24 is Food Day, a national opportunity to honor real food. You know, that stuff that doesn’t come in a box, takeout tray, or fancy packaging. If you're not familiar with what I'm talking about, hit up the Food Day website and see what you've been missing while sitting in the drive-through.
School gardens improve school lunches and much more. This looks like a thoughtful, ambitious program that benefits everyone in the school, and not just the cafeteria. Although from what I gathered while watching chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution show on school food (gak!), improvement is much needed but challenging.
If you compost, you might be happy to hear that fall leaves make an excellent addition to the pile/pit/contraption where your compost is kept. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden explains how and why.
No compost pile? No worries – here is something else you can do with leaves – make art. And I do mean art, as in museum quality.
A little something for those of us who garden in milder climates -- ideas from University of California Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems on how to keep on growing through winter!
Meanwhile, if you’re in the frost zone, you can grow all kinds of plants in containers while you wait for spring thaw. Plus, at the same New Haven Parks website, how to prepare a garden for winter in cold country.
For those of us who can’t get enough pretty pictures, here is some garden pr0n featuring very nice garden rooms. Bonus fun: apologies to the writer on this project, but the first paragraph sounds like it was created by Google translator. WTF?
Not all birds are flying south for winter, so here are some ideas for taking care of our bird buddies who stick around during the coming months.
Seems like Plantidote covered beautyberry once, but at the moment, I can’t find it. Anyway, here’s a new variety of deep purple beautyberry – and it is awesome!
The book isn't available just yet, but it sure looks like a good read -- Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess. They had me at the subtitle:
A woman, her husband, cats, chickens, and honeybees taking a stab at farming one weekend at a time--now you can join her!
Need I say more? Actually, there is more to say, but I'll let the publisher do it:
You'll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil while providing nutritious food. Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing, or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables. As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages, and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all forty-eight projects are complete.
That’s it for this week, unless readers have links, photos, or something to say. Just remember, no sassing the author ;-)