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A Macro Look at Microgreens

By |2022-01-11T11:53:08-05:00December 4, 2021|Nelson Agricultural Commission, Nelson in Common|

If I was going to try growing microgreens, I needed to decide what to use as a base, coir mats like Linda or soil like Gourmet Greens, a business I visited in Vermont years ago when I was thinking of adding a hoop house to extend our growing season. I suppose it’s all about preference and what you have available. I do like the idea of composting the seed-starting mix with the microgreen roots.

Back to the Roots

By |2021-11-10T06:18:45-05:00November 7, 2021|Nelson Agricultural Commission, Nelson in Common|

The season of long lasting squash and root vegetables has arrived. This time of year I always wish I had a root cellar. The Nelson Library has a book called Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables by Mike and Nancy Bubel. In a corner of the cover in a white multi-pointed star it says “Keep your produce ‘Harvest-Fresh’ in your own basement, porch, garage or closet hideaway!”

The Turning of the Year

By |2021-10-12T11:59:45-04:00October 8, 2021|Nelson Agricultural Commission, Nelson in Common|

Fall has arrived with crisp mornings and heavy dew on the lawn. Part of me wants to keep gardening, harvesting the last vegetables, preserving, getting the most out of our garden, and yet, I’m also ready to say goodbye to another season, put my feet up, and enjoy a good book.

September Reflections and Looking Ahead

By |2021-09-14T12:02:18-04:00September 11, 2021|Nelson Agricultural Commission, Nelson in Common|

Growing food is rewarding and is never the same year to year. It can also be frustrating when the weather or pests dash your dreams. And what to do when fruits and vegetables mature all at once. The choice is give the extra away, let it rot or put it by.

Population Boom in Nelson Village!

By |2021-07-13T17:21:39-04:00July 10, 2021|Nelson Agricultural Commission, Nelson in Common|

Chipmunks are scurrying around the rock walls, crying an alert sound anytime we walk nearby. Tonight an adult woodchuck scampered away as I stepped out the door. The robins nest had three hatchlings and last year’s invasion of eastern cottontail rabbits has, well, you guessed it….multiplied.

The Science of Gardening

By |2021-07-06T16:57:40-04:00June 20, 2021|Nelson Agricultural Commission, Nelson in Common|

Gardeners are scientists at heart; we are always experimenting by trying something new. At our home, four years of spring violets, dandelions, paintbrushes, and various wild flowers have created an interesting experiment. Most of our front lawn is now wild during spring and summer to feed the native pollinators. When we started doing this we were curious to find out what the lawn would look like over several years and who would feed on our flowers.

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