Soil is teeming with life – earthworms and centipedes, fungi and bacteria, and so much more. One type of bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae (M. vaccae), is particularly fascinating. M. vacae is especially abundant in soils rich in moist, organic matter. When we work in the soil, we breath it in. And we ingest it when we […]
There are probably more uses for mint than any other herb. Many of those uses are culinary, but mint is also used in other ways. For example…
The last time we purchased a side of pork from a local farmer, we asked him for some of the fat so that we could render lard. It’s been sitting in my freezer. After reading Long Way on a Little by Shannon Hayes and getting reacquainted with The Foxfire Book, I knew it was time […]
Just upstream from where I harvest ramps, I found a nice patch of watercress, a perennial green which grows wild in shallow areas of streams and has a wonderful peppery taste. It is especially tender in the spring, and can be used fresh in salads, or as an ingredient in soup. Here’s how I made […]
Alfalfa, a perennial flowering legume, is mainly known as an animal feed. But I love it for its many uses in the garden. It can be used in any of its forms – fresh, hay, meal, pellets, tea, or as a cover crop. I never garden without it!
Indeterminate varieties of tomato plants require sturdy support because they just keep growing and growing. A simple wooden stake is often not adequate; the plants become quite heavy as they bear fruit. I have even seen the plants slide right down the stake into a heap because of the weight of the plant. An arbor […]