Five sprouts from our cover crop.
I totally just snagged a runaway bulblet from a nursery. It’s rooting now. fingers crossed.
The remarkable Egyptian Walking Onion, or Tree Onion.
These perennial alliums (Allium x proliferum) can grow over a metre in height, progressively creating new bulbs from the top (between 2-30, depending on the cultivar) while multiplying under the ground (between 5-6 new divisions from one bulb in a year).
Eventually, the stalks cannot bear the weight of so many bulblets, and fall over: re-sowing themselves.
These are an excellent choice for a food forest or perennial vegetable garden (alongside other edible perennials like artichokes, sunchokes, and asparagus).
My barber swears that if you eat these stalks before the flowers bloom that they taste just like apples. My barber also makes his own wine and sells it out of big jugs. And my barber has a vacuum cleaner for sale. And my barber taught me how to over-winter fig trees in Illinois by bending them over and building a little coffin around them and burying them in leaves. My barber is swell.
I have a bunch of these that I collected at a farm I volunteered at last year. I should plant them somewhere.
This is cool, I took some pics of last week when I first setup the coop around a new apple tree, and how it looked a week later. There were wood chips from last year under the weeds, and they did not get it all. I still think its cool though. They are like little landscapers.
a little #stjohnswort in #vodka for a little winter #stash ! amazes me every time how quickly it turns #red. #iloveherbs !!!
Just because a company is organic doesn’t mean it’s progressive. Exhibit A: Eden Foods. Like Hobby Lobby, Eden Foods sued the Obama administration to try to get out of providing contraceptive coverage for its employees. Eden Foods is a Michigan-based business that bills itself as “the oldest natural and organic food company in North America.” It is solely owned by Michael Potter, a Catholic who refers to birth control pills as “lifestyle drugs” and likes to whine about “unconstitutional government overreach.” (More crazy quotes from him below.)
In Eden Foods Inc. v. Kathleen Sebelius, filed in federal court in March of 2013, the company claimed its religious freedom was being violated by the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that employee health insurance cover birth control. The suit argued that “contraception or abortifacients … almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.” In October, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided against Eden Foods, ruling that a for-profit company cannot exercise religion.
But then, on June 30, the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that family-owned, “closely held” companies can use religion as an excuse to flout the birth control mandate. Eden Foods is one of a few dozen “closely held” for-profit companies that have filed suit over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. On July 1, the Supreme Court ordered the 6th Circuit Court to reconsider its decision against Eden Foods and another plaintiff with a similar case."
1960s Philippines Rice planting
Crops Before Selective Breeding
"etc." = collard greens, cauliflower, kohlrabi. (Brassica oleracea!)