The deck garden my neighbors and I’ve maintained since the spring is now in its final growth stages. Angelia got some wonderful micro greens and radishes, the latter which she is cooking up with breakfast. Broccoli plants are a question mark. A good amount of purple and pineapple sage is left. It smells soooo good!! I’ve been adding it to dishes here and there and taking a bundle with me for Thanksgiving dinner.
Several months ago I hosted a dinner party for Eric Ritter, a very talented (and sustainable minded) craftsman from Maine who I will dedicate a post to down the line. He and his wife have transformed a rundown property in Southern Maine into a gorgeous spectacle of architecture and gardening. Eric saw my ample deck space with what I thought was an attractive sitting area and declared it should be repurposed for urban farming. At first my neighbors and I laughed about it, but then it seemed so obvious. How could I live a sustainable life and consider myself a health-conscious foodie without optimizing this space for growing food. Thus I committed my deck space to a shared urban farming venture with my neighbors. With a resident architect and natural green thumb who loves designing and building at the helm we made our shopping list and headed out to Lowe’s for lumber and a local greenhouse for dirt and seedlings to fill our boxes and pots.
During the next several months I will be posting about our foray into vertical agriculture.
While living in a small town I could not always find what I needed locally thus the occasional two or three hour drive to a city where I could. As time went on I found myself spending less time on the road and more time on the Web tracking items down. These days it seems one could live anywhere and have the world delivered to their doorstep thanks to UPS.
Can’t find the new Brad Gooch bio on Flannery O’Connor at your local library ask the librarian about requesting a copy. Don’t want to wait visit INDIEBOUND to find independent bookstores in your area. All of the above fail there is always Amazon.
Want to start an organic kitchen garden, but don’t have any friends with a green thumb, a local nursery stocked with organic soil or a pick up truck to cart the lumber back home. EARTHBOX may be your answer. Their Organic Ready to Grow Complete Kit @ $59.95 includes self-watering patio container garden with organic potting mix, fertilizer and natural dolomite.
For organic seeds visit http://www.burpee.com/.
A personal favorite for online shopping is GAIAM. Friends got me started on their yoga DVDs, a great alternative to heading outside in winter temps to make a 6:15AM class. Incentive to head to class pick up their fashion forward and environmentally friendly Beau Yoga Mat Tote (Gray) or Palazzo Pant (Black) made of organic cotton.
For cameras, lenses and photo/printing gear my fail safe is B&H Photo.
Trouble with the local cable provider or satellite there are plenty of options online. HULU is fun for past episodes of Hell’s Kitchen or catching the pilot of Parks and Recreation. Netflix is like Hanukkah or Christmas all year long. For a moderate monthly fee members will receive a little red envelope in the mail with episodes of Mad Men, Big Love and Weeds (Season 4 is due out in June). Recently Netflix also began offering some programs online.