Archive for December, 2013


December 23, 2013 Thanks to my friend Noelle for passing this along! I might have to start some mini gardening around Crested Butte in the spring!



Growing Indoors

December 15, 2013

Winter can be tough for us dirt lovers. Up in the mountains, I’ve been growing garlic greens again. (Thought I had a post about my windowsill technique from a few years ago, but I can’t seem find it in the archives.) When you are using garlic in cooking, chop off the root ends of the cloves and let them dry out a bit, a few days is good enough. Then simply pot up the nubs in dirt, like you would any seed, about a 1/2″ deep more or less. In a couple weeks you will have greens that you can chop up and cook with or use raw on salads and the like. Amazing! And free.

Here are a few other winter/indoor gardening ideas I’ve come across:

Growing Onions Veritcally by Auntie Dogma’s Garden Spot (a blog I will be thoroughly checking out this winter!)

Grow A Pinapple by Rick’s Woodshop Creations (I’ve always wanted to try this!)

Grow An Avacado Tree by The Hungry Mouse (This I have done before, they are very leggy, awkard plants that wont produce for a very very long time – if ever.)


While unpacking from my recent move to Colorado I rediscovered a gift I receievd during my Brooklyn days from my good friend Lea Blum: Don’t Throw It Grow It! A fun resource for experimental indoor growing that’s inspiring me to ramp up my windowsill production this season.

Another thing I have been interested in is mushrooms, despite the shagrin of my roommates, I would like to grow a few varieties this winter. Mountain Roots, a local food and gardening project here in Crested Butte, is selling sustainable gifts this year whch include a mushroom garden kit.

“When you choose to give a sustainable gift, you become part of the movement – you spread the word, you share your values, and you inspire someone to grow… best of all, your purchases support our work to develop a sustainable future for earth, food, and community.”

I will definately be supporting their cause!

Christmas Cactus Blooming!

December 13, 2013

Crested Butte, Colorado.