Category: Lessons

Michael Pollan Speech

Today, Paco and I went to Indianapolis to hear Michael Pollan speak.  If you would like to know more about his work, here you go: http://michaelpollan.com/   I didn’t expect to hear a lot that I did not already know, but I very much wanted…

Master, Shmaster

Three years ago, I took the series of classes offered by Purdue Extension called “Master Gardener” training.  I learned a lot, wished I had learned more on certain subjects, and found out I knew a good bit to start with.  It is a wonderful program. …

Tomatoes grow in Indiana?

Gardening puts you in your place.  You might think you know it all, have done everything perfectly, and still end up with almost nothing.  My adventures with tomatoes over the past 2 years are the perfect example of this.  Last year,  had 42 hand raised plants. …

Terrior

By some twists of fate, I have become the person primarily in charge of a wine menu at our successful (who knew!) Italian Restaurant.  I knew nothing about wine, let alone the intricacies of Italian wine and pairing it with food, but I am…

Ugly Betties

tomatoes with cat face and splits Tomato time is here.  Many of those I am picking are quite unattractive.  I am getting lots that are cracking and many that are cat faced.  The orange tomato in the foreground is cat faced–having ugly brown scars.  These…

From the Woods to the Meadow and Back Again

“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. “-Michael Pollan, author, journalism professor (b. 1955) I recently heard the statistic  that 5% of all greenhouse gases come from lawnmowers.  It seems to me that manicured, weed-free lawns are a symbol of the American dream.  You…

Tragedy

This morning I rose early to get out in the garden before the heat was unbearable and my day really started (ie–husband and daughter awake).  I found some wonderful treasures–summer squashes, the first cucumbers, spring onions, and a few cherry tomatoes.  During my inspection of…