Archive for August, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust

August 31, 2009

HUMBOLDT ST, Brooklyn: A couple weeks ago we lost one of two zucchini plants left standing – to the same weird rot thing that claimed the other three. The last one left standing is so tiny, and not growing any bigger or even flowering. I planted a couple more when we lost the first three but I doubt they’ll have time to do anything before it frosts. Fingers are crossed, for zucchini sake, for a late summer.

IMG_0986IMG_0987Isn’t it funny that in certain parts of the country there are people throwing/giving zucchinis away but here in Brooklyn we are devastated by the loss of 4 plants! Silly!

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A Sad Day for Edamame

August 31, 2009

HUMBOLDT ST, Brooklyn: Since the constant raining subsided about a month ago, and summer arrived, I have to admit there was maybe a week that passed that I neglected to water my garden. I would like to believe it was by accident – forgetfulness and too much other stuff going on, not laziness. Well, the soy beans must have been used to the constant down pour because a hot week of no water brought these little buggers to a crisp.

IMG_0961Although not a complete waste, I will use these seeds next year for round two, I was diligent about watering after this fateful discovery. However, the pods seemed to never get bigger than one or two beans until they began to brown, even after healthy doses of water on a consistent basis. One plant shriveled and died altogether. Is it the heat? The sun? The soil? Obviously some research is order.

I found this on the Wannamaker Seed website: “If planting edamame soybeans in land not previously planted to soybeans, inoculate your soybeans to ensure that they can produce their own nitrogen. We sell small packets of soybean inoculant for you to coat the seed prior to planting.” I have no idea what this means! So from Wikipedia, on inoculation: “…any placement of microorganisms or viruses at a site where infection is possible such as to increase soybeans’ nitrogen fixation one can treat soybeans at planting with Rhizobium japonicum inoculant.” What the heck is Rhizobium japonicum!? Who knew this would be complicated!?

Until next time – stay green party people, it’s easier than you think!

Tiny Things

August 31, 2009

IMG_1237A zinnia no bigger than my thumb nail.

IMG_1238Baby sunflower.

IMG_1239Itsy bitsy green tomato. (a casualty of watering.)

Vampire Bill Bouquet

August 30, 2009

dual-gender-bouqetGRAND ST, Brooklyn: My good friend and talented floral designer, Lea Wells, was just featured on Black Book for her design approach to masculine or duel gendered “flower” arrangements. Check it out here:

http://www.leablum.com/

http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/flower-power-a-masculine-floral-arrangement-from-williamsburgs-sprout-home/10292

I happened to drop by Sprout Home just before the bouquet went out and I must say this image hardly does it justice. We dubbed it Vampire Bill because I pictured it’s sophistication and texture on the mantel of a gentleman with fine, seasoned and timeless tastes. Inspired by Lea’s talents I set out on my own and experimented with what I had growing in my garden to create a manly statement that could be displayed with pride on the dinning room table I share with my ever so masculine boyfriend, Bradley. The result is the Lettuce Bouquet:

IMG_0790Radish blooms gone to seed, romaine, a french heirloom lettuce and a spotted leaf from a houseplant. More of a still life really, and much more delicate and temporary than Lea’s. Certainly not as majestic, maybe I should call it the Huck Finn Bouquet as it screams of summer naivety and young things. It was quickly turned into salad.

Very Interesting.

August 28, 2009

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112323649

can’t help but agree on a couple of these points…

Very Cute.

August 28, 2009

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112072237

We can make sandwiches…

August 27, 2009

HUMBOLDT ST, Brooklyn: The first few of many ripe tomatoes. What more can I say, we made tomato sandwiches. Maybe one of the best things in the world, white bread and mayo as mentioned in Tom robbins book, Villa Incognito – where an American MIA who has chosen to be “lost” in Laos, long after U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended has just one thing he misses from his past life. white bread. mayonaise. maybe there was other stuff he pined for, i can’t remember. i read it a while ago…

ADD fresher than thou tomatoes, salt and pepper. oh. my. goodness.

IMG_1169Ok, ok, we totally cheated. due to the vegan tendancies that sometimes dominate our eating habits, veganaise. same difference!

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The amazing things you can do with a little more space…

August 25, 2009

FALLS VILLAGE, Connecticut: Stepping away from city life for a moment, visiting my folks in the rural northwest corner of CT. Here is the man who “planted the seed” so to speak, my dear old dad and his vegetable heaven:

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Michael Pollan in Cornwall, CT

August 23, 2009

CORNWALL, Connecticut: Last weekend Michael Pollan generously spoke at a lecture to benefit the Cornwall Public Library. Not really an urban neighborhood, I know, but I couldn’t pass it up being so close to where I grew up and the date happened to correspond with some family stuff that was going on a few towns over. We took the metro north to Wassiac, New York and then biked 20 miles east to the lecture. It was a great day, and made me ponder an alternative universe where I lived the country life.

IMG_1040Downtown Cornwall, as seen from the patio of The Wandering Moose, where my mom met us for lunch.

IMG_1041This is New England!

IMG_1037Farmers Market and book signing before lecture.

IMG_1039Tomato envy. According to my pops, the tomatoes of the northeast have been hit hard this year by “black spot” and most everyone in the area has lost their entire crops to this unpreventable and incurable blight.

IMG_1049The sweltering elementary school gym set the stage. The turn out was great!

IMG_1042Close up on the man.

IMG_1053More New England. I want to live in this garage.

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This is a really great part of the country and I am so glad to have ties here. Maybe someday I will return!

Must Find Truck Farm

August 20, 2009

SOMEWHERE, Brooklyn: This here Dodge has been getting some press lately for being parked somewhere in Brooklyn, maybe Crown Heights?? Here are some pics I’ve pulled from the interweb:

truck-200x300eb14_covertruck%20gardenTruck Farm, where are you?? Supposedly the truck runs and sometimes drives around the hood. Also rumored – “farm shares” are available for $20, but i cant imagine the crop would really fill too many bellys. I might be wrong.