Victory Garden

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“Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks…during World War I and World War II. Around one-third of the vegetables produced by the United States were from victory gardens. In addition to indirectly aiding the war effort these gardens were also considered a civil “morale booster” — in that gardeners could feel empowered by their contribution of labor and rewarded by the produce grown. This made victory gardens become a part of daily life on the home front.” (Wikipedia).
USA Today recently reported that the inflation rate for food is currently twice the general inflation rate. Beef prices are up over 30%. Pork prices over 50%. While some of these increases can be blamed on such unpredictable factors as disease and drought, I believe most of the increase is due to plain old corporate greed.
I think its time we dusted off the old Victory Garden idea and grow whatever we can. Maybe you don’t have room for a traditional garden…so stick a couple tomatoes in a tub, peppers in a pot and beets in a box! Oh, and can, freeze, dry, pickle, ferment and otherwise preserve everything we can. Our wallets, health and tastebuds will thank us.

Thanks for looking…bart


Drone vs Worker bee

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Spotted a drone on the landing board of one of our Warre hives. Managed to snap a picture of the much larger drone next to a worker bee. Stately looking gent, eh?

Ever hungry, ever vigilant…

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Thanks for looking…bart

Robins are hatching…

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Three of the four little blue Robin’s eggs we have been watching have hatched. Momma seems to have gotten used to us. When disturbed, she will fly to our redbud a few feet away and watch as we ogle and take pictures.


Whole-wheat sourdough with…ramps!

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The crew at work decided to bring in stuff for a “big salad” yesterday…lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, raisins, nuts, cheese…well, you get the picture. I volunteered to make bread. Thought I’d try something a little different so made it mostly whole-wheat and threw in some buckwheat, whole oats and grated cheddar for good measure. We had some fresh chives in the garden so those went in as well. And just to make things interesting, I threw in a couple ramps…yep, RAMPS! I took the oversized loaf to work and only told them that it was a little “pungent” because of the “fresh herbs” I put in the bread. I knew that because of ramps’ “stinky” reputation, some of our more finicky eaters would not even try it if they knew what was in it.
Well, I’m pleased to say that my ramp bread got rave reviews…even from the finicky…and I revealed my “secret ingredient” after everyone had tried it. They accused me of being sneaky…nah! Thanks for lookin…bart. .



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Our ramps are up! Noticed them today peeking through the leaves about 3-4 inches. Maybe we’ll have some ramp burgers soon! We don’t have many so we just use the tops so they’ll come back each year.



Tomatoes and peppers in cold-frame…

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Just two days in our little cold-frame/greenhouse has really made a difference! The peppers have doubled in size and almost all the tomatoes now have their third leaves. Hope they continue to do well…


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