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April 17th, 2010

Thinking of Italy

Windowsill greenhouse

Windowsill greenhouse.

I’ve been known to say — repeatedly– if you have a windowsill, you have a garden. And here is mine, but since it’s on the indoor windowsill, it not so much a garden, more a makeshift greenhouse. Tucked inside a Ziploc is a a 6 x 4 inch recycled fiber seed tray filled with organic potting mix (without peat moss), over which I scattered a sprinkle of giant-leaved Italian basil seed and some for an Italian herb my friend Alessandro calls “nipotella,” which is a kind of nepeta used in Tuscany to flavor porcini mushrooms. Perhaps the winner of the Lundberg Family Farm sweepstakes will learn about it at Poggio Alloro. The seeds have germinated and are just poking through the soil surface. It’s almost as exciting as winning the contest!

April 16th, 2010

The New Three Rs: gRow, haRvest, fResh

Have you signed the Jamie Oliver food revolution petition? Or are you one of the many people out there who’ve been walkin’ the walk for some time. It’s not easy changing habits, we all know that. And the older you get the harder it becomes, we also know that. We also know that healthy eating habits are best formed and more likely to have staying power, if formed when appetites are young. So tell us at Organic Gardening about your school program, your youth group initiatives, the community youth gardens, the neighborhood garden swaps, that you all have started to help our kids find a healthy, fit future. It is out there waiting for them: it’s up to us to show them the way.






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