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    My idea of heaven consists of all the things I would go to hell for

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    "You should know…

    between your legs,
    lies a garden of
    And I can’t wait to kiss your
    Water you until wet,
    And lay over you
    like the Sun."
     Dean Steed, ”Tulips” (via cosmofilius)

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    Aqua Farm Update

    Growing plants in the Aqua Farm is tedious since I simply do not get enough sunlight in my room to generate sufficient plant growth. With that in mind, I decided to go back to the basics. What is the simplest thing to grow in a water substrate? Potatoes! They are the first thing, aside from lima beans, that almost every kindergarten/ elementary school student has ever grown with minimalist materials like mason jars, paper towels, plastic bags, or plastic cups. Due to the galvanization of this epiphany I hopped on my bike, Phoenix, and ventured out to Whole Foods to obtain spudding potatoes, cheap spudding potatoes. For under five dollars I got four tiny spudlings (not a real word, but cute enough for the occasion) and a Blue Machine Naked Juice with zero usage of gas. Ah success! Now only a few weeks later my potato babies are taking tiny steps towards becoming full potatoes plants, roots and all. Is it weird that I want to read the Hungry Caterpillar bO_ok to them in order to encourage their progress?



    AquaFarm: Potatoes! Aqua Farm Update Growing plants in the Aqua Farm is tedious since I simply do not get enough sunlight in my room to generate sufficient plant growth.
    — 3 months ago

    Bitter Sweet

    The Sweet Hands Down, I have the BEST stage EVER at Bittersweet in Denver. For starters, the first day I shucked English peas precisely like a slow, new intern (Oops!), then during service time I discovered the importance of their role in the menu.

    — 3 months ago
    The word “garden” is one of my favorite words. It engenders the luscious, green beauty of  sugar snap peas fresh off the vine and  sweet to the bite; the allure of honeysuckle blossoms as they exude the most lovely fragrances; and the playful intensity of rain boots and vintage watering cans. Naturally the word “garden” begins to echo in my psyche as soon as the first buds, blossoms, and baby leaves shyly hint at the oncoming spring of Spring. The only problem with this natural echo is that Boulder is like a Cheshire cat when it comes to the weather and its seasons.
    Eventually I took my spring planting queue from 63rd Street Farm during the Farm To Table portion of my culinary program. The last week of F2T Amanda Scott pulled out a ginormous white board, went through seasonal crops with us, and gave us a spring garden design assignment. The timing was divine, because the conundrum of figuring out when to plant seeds or simply to starts seeds indoors was giving me a headache.
    Based on Amanda’s spring crop list and my limited garden space, I came up with a simple garden plan that involved sage, chives, leeks, beets, lettuce, spinach, sugar snap peas, and carrots. Yet, as simple as this plan was, there were still a few tiny obstacles I had to face.
    1) Peas can not be planted until the soil temp is 40 degrees or higher
    2) Peas and Beets must soak 12-24 hours before being planted
    3) The larger spacing requirements of beets and spinach
    4) The 120 day grow period for the leeks and Onions
    5) Keeping Blue (my housemates dog) out of my beds
    6) Squirrels
    7) Snow
    With that said, I essentially started the peas, leeks, and onions indoors as well as sprouted the beet seeds in a jar for much longer than the required 24 hours (Oops!). Nonetheless, the Garden is officially planted and a waiting game has commenced. The beauty of it all is that each morning I Carpe Diem with an aqua watering can in hand and yellow rain boots on my feet, building a state of rejuvenation as I watch my little seedlings come to life!
    Solutions, Oh My!
    1) Cayenne pepper to keep squirrels and Blue out of my beds
    2) Boards and plastic to protect my plant babies from the snow
    3) Patience and Weather Apps
    Jardín Garden Jardin The word “garden” is one of my favorite words. It engenders the luscious, green beauty of  sugar snap peas fresh off the vine and  sweet to the bite; the allure of honeysuckle blossoms as they exude the most lovely fragrances; and the playful intensity of rain boots and vintage watering cans.
    — 3 months ago


    Tian Provençal - Named after the earthenware dish used for both serving and cooking, this French vegetable dish from Provence is one that will surely impress your guests. Eight ingredients is all it takes, plus a little artistic effort that makes it ever-so-pretty.

    Baking it concentrates all of the flavours and celebrates these beautiful summer vegetables. If you’re not the artistic type, forego the radial pattern and layer the vegetables like a lasagne. It’ll be just as good…RECIPE

    — 4 months ago with 3085 notes
    "Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."
    Thich Nhat Hanh (via kenjispath)

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    Hügelkultur (German, meaning “hill culture” or “mound culture”) is the garden concept of building raised beds over decaying wood piles. Decayed timbers become porous and retain moisture while releasing nutrients into the soil that, in turn, promote root growth in plant materials. As the logs decay, they expand and contract, creating air pockets that assist in aerating the soil, allowing roots to easily penetrate the soil. This decaying environment creates a beneficial home to earthworms. As the worms burrow into the soil, they loosen the soil and deposit nutrient-rich worm castings, beneficial to plants. An earthworm can produce its weight in castings on a daily basis.  

    The best decayed wood for a Hügelkultur, according to A Growing Culture, comes from alders, applewood, cottonwood, poplar, maple and birch. Use wood products that have been in the process of decay for about a year (using green, or fresh, wood products will rob the soil of necessary nitrogen). Some wood products, like cedar and black walnut, should be avoided because they produce organisms that negatively effect plant growth.   

    Read more at A Growing Culture

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    daddy makes the perfect bun

    omg this is the cutest thing


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    Permaculture Design Principles
    Companion Planting
    Many of these relationships are fairly general. The best results come from creating diversity by using a variety of herbs and ornamental plants alongside the edible crops planted in the garden.
    Some Companion Plants are:
    • Basil helps repel flies and mosquitoes
    • Birch leaves encourage compost fermentation
    • Borage in the strawberry patch will increase the yield
    • Catnip repels fleas, ants and rodents
    • Caraway helps breakdown heavy soils
    • Chamomile deters flies and mosquitoes and gives strength to any plant growing nearby
    •  Chives grown beneath apple trees will help to prevent apple scab; beneath roses will keep away aphids and blackspot.
    • Elderberry a general insecticide, the leaves encourage compost fermentation, the flowers and berries make good wine.
    • Fennel repel flies and ants
    • French Marigold root secretions kill nasty nematodes (not the beneficial ones) and will repel white fly amongst tomatoes.
    • Garlic helps keep aphids away from roses
    • Hyssop attracts cabbage white moth keeping brassicas free from infestation
    • Mint repels cabbage white moth. Dried and placed with clothes will repel clothes moth.
    • Nasturtium secrete a mustard oil, which many insects find attractive and will seek out, particularly the cabbage white moth. Alternatively, the flowers repel aphids and the cucumber beetle. The climbing variety grown up apple trees will repel codling moth.
    • Pyrethrum will repel bugs if grown around the vegetable garden
    • Rosemary repels carrot fly
    • Sage protects cabbages from cabbage white moth
    • Tansy (Tanacetum, not Senecio) repels moths, flies and ants. Plant beneath peach trees to repel harmful flying insects. Tansy leaves assist compost fermentation.
    • Wormwood (Artemesia, not Ambrosia) although it can inhibit the growth of plants near it, wormwood does repel moths and flies and keeps animals off the garden.

    Some compatible vegetables are:

    • Beetroot: Onions, Lettuce, Cabbage, Silverbeet
    • Cabbages: Beans, Celery, Beetroot, Onions, Potatoes
    • Cauliflower: Celery
    • Celery & Celeriac: Chives, Leeks, Tomatoes, Dwarf Beans
    • Carrots: Lettuce, Peas, Leeks, Chives, Onions, Cucumbers, Beans
    • Broadbeans: Potatoes, Peas, Beans
    • Tomatoes: Asparagus, Parsley, Broccoli, Sweet Basil, Carrots
    • Sweet Corn: Potatoes, Peas, Beans

    Source: Soil Sista


    The Dance at Alder Cove -
    Youth/Father/Geezer  I see you

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    — 4 months ago with 825 notes