Archive for May, 2009

Seeds from the past

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

This morning I got to Veggielution early enough to participate in the planning for the workday. We talked about what we wanted to plant in the acre after the groundbreaking, and decided to start as many pepper and cucurbit seeds as possible. So I led that task. First we mixed up some potting soil and […]

Maker Faire report

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

I really like the idea of Maker Faire. Exhibitors are specifically asked to provide hands-on activities for people; it’s not just things for sale, or tables of pamphlets (although there is some of that.) But lots of other people like the idea of Maker Faire, too. Deciding beforehand on what demonstrations to see was a […]

Maker Faire

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The Maker Faire starts tomorrow at the San Mateo County Expo Center. I’ve attended both years it’s been in existence, but it can be hard for me to find a meaningful connection at a giant event that has hundreds of things going on at the same time, with thousands of people all trying to do […]


Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Thursday again! I’ll admit up front that I was supposed to take 8 baskets of strawberries, and I only took two. Lots of really pretty lettuce this week. The red oak leaf is a very dark purple. I need to eat more salads. I love salads, so you wouldn’t think that would be a problem. […]

Week’s links

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I go back and forth on whether to link to news articles, but there always seems to be something interesting to pass along, so I’ll try doing it on Wednesdays. First, the LA Times on the tortuous path that brought commercial blueberry production to California. What I found most interesting was that this icon of […]

Will citrus season ever end?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Actually, I’m not complaining about citrus, especially if moving on would mean harvesting 50-foot-tall loquat trees. We hit three houses today, harvesting 1,300 lbs of oranges, lemons and, yes, grapefruit. Some of the trees were tall enough as it was. At the last house, the homeowner showed us the mama bird that comes back every […]

The shoemaker’s children

Monday, May 25th, 2009

After working hard at Veggielution yesterday, I decided to do some long-overdue work in my own garden. It’s always more fun to work with other people instead of alone, so I’ve been really lax at weeding, especially. It’s also always more fun to plant than it is to weed. I’ve been gardening for 20 years, […]

Rock of ages

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Today at the Veggielution work day, we picked up rocks. We found a ceramic nose. Amie and Mark on Thursday signed an agreement with the city, so now we have what we’ve been calling “the acre,” but is, evidently, somewhat less. (See Amie’s comment!) The park staff disked the weeds, and we tried to remove […]

Not without a paddle

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

The Metro has an excellent cover story this week about the WPCP. There is, as one might expect, a fair bit of scatological humor, but that’s to be expected. But the article gives a very thorough description of what the plant does, how utterly vital is is that the plant keep doing it, and how […]

Baking Day

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I am the proud owner of a Zojirushi Mini bread machine. When I’m not impulsively buying bread at farmers markets, I try to bake my own. Although I read a lot of commentary from serious bakers that bread machines are great for kneading and rising, but that they always take the dough out and shape […]

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