Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Onions Are Up


And, wow, is it nice to see such bright green life!

These are from the seeds I gathered last fall from a Yellow Spanish that we'd missed pulling in 2007 (oops!).

People always ask why I bother growing them from seed when you can just as easily buy starts, but if they saw the softball sized, delicious, juicy bulbs I yank every August/September, they'd understand.

First, it's cheap, cheap, cheap. Second, with me, it's a 'thing' to start plants from seed.
I just gotta!

I can't wait to get the toms and peppers going. Yes, I'm being a good girl and holding out until it is time.
Waiting is sooooo hard!


Monday, February 16, 2009

The End Of Agriculture In California?

Wow, more doom and gloom.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu:
"I don't think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen," Chu told the newspaper. "We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California.
"I don't actually see how they can keep their cities going," he added.

Last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told California's farmers to prepare for a third straight year of drought due to low Sierra snow levels and some of the state's top farming counties may get little or no deliveries of water.

Entire REUTERS Article:
Climate change could end California farming

Maybe instead of proselytizing, they should actually start doing something? I know, I know, how dare I suggest such a thing. Yes, I slapped my wrist for having such an outrageous thought.


WinterSowing on TV . . . Again


Well, well.
Wintersowing has made the news. Again.

Trudi Davidoff, of fame, was featured on one of the national morning shows last year (I think it was last year - I posted about it somewhere on the blog.)

Anyway, it has made news again as a segment on KARE11:
WinterSowing video segment.

Although the guy went waaaaay overboard on the amount of tape he used and didn't mention to leave the caps off, it was a pretty good 'beginner' introduction.

It obviously took a few takes to get it right as they already had footprints tracked to the spot in the snow, as well as depressions in the snow where they'd previously placed the jugs.

And I wish they'd gone into more discussion about the depths (why he was measuring and marking before cutting) and that perennials aren't the only choice for this technique - some veg and annuals are also good choices.

There was also an article in Northern Gardener about WSing, but if you're not a subscriber . . . well . . .

It's about time WinterSowing started catching on like a house afire and getting the attention it truly deserves.

Go Trudi!