Archive for July, 2010

Northern Veg

July 30, 2010

HUMBOLDT STREET, Brooklyn: Got some veggies from my pops the last two times I was up in CT. His broccoli is doing great this year. Also got beans and cucumber, not pictured here. The tomatoes are mine, we are week or two ahead of Falls Village down here in Brooklyn.


Hey Ladies!

July 20, 2010

ACROSS THE NATION: Interests in beekeeping shifts to young urban women…

What CSA Can Do For You:

July 20, 2010

SOUTH FOURTH STREET, Brooklyn: I am loving the Southside Community Supported Agriculture, my pick ups so far have been nothing less than gorgeous.

and the subsequent salad…

and eggs! did I mention there are eggs!?

And now that we are in to July… fresh fruits! plumbs, peaches, and apricots. There is also an unbelievable berry share that was just a little bit out of my budget, but man oh man, buckets of blueberries. Litterally buckets. For more info check out their blog – – there are some really great recipes posted for seasonal veggies. 

House Full of Flowers

July 19, 2010

FALLS VILLAGE, CT: The lilies were blooming last week. My mama put a bouquet of home growns in every room. I can’t tell you how nice it was to be home.

Sunflower Celebration

July 10, 2010

HUMBOLDT STREET, Brooklyn: My first sunflower bloom of 2010! Last year the first petals opened right around July 20th, so I am a good week and a half ahead of that which makes sense since last years weather was so damn wacky with all that rain straight through June and July. Yes, that is a squash plant climbing up the stem. Amazing. It’s also worth noting this plant is from a new set of seed, Russian Giant purchased from Sprout Home. You can tell it looks a little different from the others I’ve planted. See how the petals are less orderly?

I am, however, also continuing my pursuit of genealogy, or history, or whatever you want to call it, by planting the 3rd generation of seeds from the first batch of sunflowers I grew here.

As for the celebration part of the equation, I concocted a delish cocktail utilizing both my basil and mint plants. It’s Friday after all, and I have come to the conclusion that basil should be used in drinks more.
So good it deserves two photos…

Not for the sweet toothed drinkers, as I have been trying to steer clear of the sugar lately:

full glass of ice. fresh mint and basil, chopped. tequilla. splash of oj. shake. fill the rest with seltzer (tonic or sprite if you need it sweeter.) Summer feels so good.

Oh Rats!

July 9, 2010

HUMBOLDT STREET, Brooklyn: Who knew rats love marigolds? My glorious specimens (started from seed, I may add) have been nibbled down to sticks by my not so fine furry foes, RATS! What a bummer. Maybe pepper spray would help? Anyone know anything about this?

My Bounty Begins

July 6, 2010

HUMBOLDT STREET, Brooklyn: You too can grow your own food. Yes, even in the city. Beans are easy, especially the climbers. Here are two batches from the seeds of the rattle snake pole beans I grew last year. The seeds were originally purchased from Baker Heirloom Seed.

And the first ripe tomato of the year award goes to…

Cherry! Same variety as last year, but not surprised since they are tiny and ripen faster than the beefsteaks and the like. Picked June 29th.

And here are the runners up harvested yesterday. Also lettuce. Don’t forget about the lettuce! The pests have been after it but I have successfully (so far) thwarted rats and sparrows with strategically sculpted chicken wire enclosures.

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