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Thanks, Rant commenters, for your great suggestions for improving videos of gardens, like the videos I showed you last week of the National Arboretum in April. I heard you that the photos were whizzing by too fast, and that most of you prefer the techno music over Vivaldi. Pixelation and other technical points were mentioned, and then came a volunteer garden-video coach who lives near me! She created this charming video of a garden tour in my town. And a blogging pal across the country is joining in the public-garden-video craze (I can hope!).
Photos and Videos Sought
It’s time to tell you where the Arboretum in April videos are going – to DC Gardens, an all-volunteer grassroots campaign to promote DC’s gardens that are open to the public and gardening itself. To promote the gardens we’re collecting photos of them by month, and videos of the gardens by month, too – starting with images and Youtube videos for the Arboretum for the rest of the calendar year, which images we’ll spread far and wide, plus news about what’s going on there, and mentioning as frequently as possible the sad situation of it still being closed mid-week. (Thanks, Congress!)
Potential photo contributors include fans, volunteers, staffers, and garden writers and photographers who might be passing through. (Here’s Evelyn Hadden’s favorites from her April 2013 visit. The photos will soon be compiled in a slider, but I’m still figuring out how to do that – using WowSlider or similar.)
We’re also approaching the photography community in D.C., asking to have their next Foto Week DC contest focused on public gardens. Three times in the contest’s short history it’s focused on cherry blossoms, fer crissakes, with nary a lens being pointed toward the gardens.
The garden videos can also be found on the DC Gardens by Month Youtube Channel.
Garden Video Support Group
Some might contribute their photos and also make a Youtube-able video of them photos (always for a specific month). Others might contribute photos only, in which case we’re hoping to find other contributors to make videos of those donated photos. Making photo videos is free, relatively easy and pretty much fun, though to lead people through the few technical hurdles there are, we’ll post lots of how-to and support info, hoping to turn people into garden videographers.
In addition to photos and videos of the gardens, we’re compiling basic gardening-info “Resources” like lists of DC-area school gardens, community gardens, garden clubs, garden media (including all local blogs), places that teach gardening, where to buy plants, and so on as the ideas come.
Promoting Gardens AND Gardening
Not just static web resources, there will also be monthly e-newsletters to the world (gardening AND general interest) about garden-related events, classes, workshops, etc., plus links to images and videos showing what the local open-to-the-public gardens look like the next month. Keeping the calendars updated and those e-newsletters going out is the least-fun part of the project, one we hope to be able to hire someone part-time to do, or farm it out to a service. So, funders will be sought (also, for a professionally design for the site, and a great logo)..
The notion of this campaign bubbled up from discussions following Richard Benfield’s great talk about garden tourism. I sent my little Arboretum video to Richard and he wrote back to say he requires his students to make 5-minute videos of a garden at the end of the course (presumably, about garden tourism). He says “the gardens that use them are very bullish on their impact.” THAT’S what I’m talking about!
Today I’m meeting with the Smithsonian Gardens director about their involvement in DC Gardens. I’m told she’s excited.
“Featured” photo on our Home page – Evelyn Hadden taking photos at the entrance to the Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the Arboretum.
on April 11, 2014 at 8:13 am, in the category What’s Happening.
Earlier this year at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, I was hanging out with Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom (and author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens) in her exhibit booth. She had brought a selection of edible landscaping plants — reliable, hardworking shrubs, vines, trees and the like that would behave in the landscape and provide some food. The star of the show was Aronia melanocarpa, sometimes known as black chokeberry.
It’s a medium-sized shrub that puts out white blooms in spring and small dark fruit in fall. Nice enough plant, I thought.
Then she brought me over to the booth next to hers, where somebody had stashed away a bottle of aronia juice, and I got a taste. Wow! Imagine something between cranberries and wild, tart blueberries, and you’re close enough. It was rich, tart, and delicious.
And perfect for cocktails. I could see aronia becoming the American cassis. Harvest them when they’re ripe and juicy, put them in a jar with some high-proof vodka or grappa or grape eau-de-vie, and crush them gently. Let them sit for–oh, I don’t know–a few weeks, maybe? Then strain, and add simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, heated until the sugar melts then allowed to cool) to taste, and let it sit another week or so.
Another approach, and this works with any fruit, really: Heat in a saucepan with just enough water to help it simmer, crush fruit gently as it cooks, and add sugar to taste. Let the sugar melt and the juice come out of the fruit. Strain, cool, and add vodka/eau-de-vie to taste. (Or not. You could just use it as a fruit syrup, but if you do that, refrigerate & use it quickly or store it in the freezer to preserve it.)
Anyway, the point of all of this is that according to this piece in the New York Times, aronias are about a bazillion times healthier than blueberries. So I’m thinking that a splash of aronia liqueur in sparkling wine, dry white wine, or club soda (with gin or vodka, over ice) is the way to go this summer.
Thanks, Jessi. I’m on it.
Oh, and last time I checked, Jessi was selling aronia, so if you’re in the Seattle area, check with her. Otherwise, Raintree usually has it but may be out for the season. I plan to check back come fall.
on May 28, 2013 at 6:44 am, in the category Drink This, Eat This, Feed Me.
This week I’m in a flurry — finalizing talks, sending off handouts and invoices, and making the last travel arrangements for presentations at spring events across the country. It’s amazing to think ahead to April when, having logged dozens of hours in transit, I will (if all goes well) once again be able to lavish significant time and energy on my own garden.
Flower & Garden shows tend to overwhelm me — they seem better suited to extraverts and multitaskers — but they do showcase many ideas in one place, and as a bonus, far-flung friends converge on them. This year I’m excited to see fellow author and lawn reformer Susan Morrison’s talk “It Would Be Better with Vampires: Adding Drama to the Garden” in Seattle, and to reconnect with philosophical photographers Saxon Holt and David Perry at their joint San Francisco workshop.
Another fellow author and lawn reformer, Billy Goodnick, will be speaking ahead of me at the ReThinking Idaho Landscapes seminar; I usually find a lot of value in these full-day seminars, with their variety of photos, lectures, and discussions. Last time Billy was in town, we had a great jam (he’s a skilled drummer), but alas, this year’s visit will be too brief for that much fun.
Then it’s off to the eastern US, where between events I plan to catch up with fellow Ranter Susan Harris, though sadly I will miss seeing what’s new in her garden this year. That trip will also give me a chance to hang out with garden buddies from Charlotte, NC, whose warm hospitality made my first Open Garden visit a delight.
In this whirlwind of events and travel details, there is an eye of calm, strong gratitude for the chance to make connections with other gardeners and nature lovers. It is a blessing to be able to meet other people who share my passion for plants and animals, for living more outdoors, for reconnecting with nature daily.
So I’m taking this time to breathe, to feel the gratitude, and to record it here, along with a wish that you who read it will also be lucky enough to have garden-related events to anticipate, and a community of gardeners with whom to share your passion.
And now, having paused and felt and written, it’s time to dive back into the whirlwind. Happy Spring, everyone!
on February 4, 2015 at 4:54 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar, What’s Happening.
Y’all welcome Friend of Rant William Alexander, with this interesting horticultural report:
It seems like I’d just barely picked the apples from my 4-tree orchard at my home in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley last fall when a freak October snowstorm come through, the foot of wet, heavy snow clinging to the leaves like glue, dragging two of the semi-dwarf trees to the ground, leaving them uprooted. When the snow melted I tried to upright them in case some roots remained intact, but it was impossible – and pointless. The average life of a semi-dwarf fruit tree is 15-20 years, and these were 18 years old. Plus there were virtually no roots left attached. The next good storm was going to fell my old friends one way or another. And these trees are my old friends. They were the first things I planted on my property (preceding even the vegetable garden) when we moved here.
I looked on the bright side: my 4-tree orchard was now an easier-to-manage 2-tree orchard, and I had the late fall pruning – an arduous task that I never look forward to – done in half the time. I’d planned to cut up the fallen apple trees for firewood, or even wood for smoking, but one thing led to another and I never got around to it before winter set in.
Judging by the photo, perhaps I ought to wait a bit. “I’m naught dead yet!” the trees are crying in Monty Python-esque fashion. “Feeling bettah now!” Both have leafed out, and one of them, an Empire, is in full bloom, roots or no. Well, you can’t cut down a living apple tree; it just isn’t done. So I’ve put away the saw for a while. I’m going to tend these fallen trees with the same care I give my standing ones, and see what happens. In fact, I rather like the idea of an apple tree that is no taller than a blueberry bush! No more arm-aching reaching to thin the fruit out; no stepladder needed for harvest; I’ll just bend over to pick the fruit! If this works out, I may plant a row of trees in a berm at a 45-degree angle.
Except there is one slight problem: if the fruit is so easy for me to reach, it’s also easy for any uninvited visitors to reach. My Empire tree could easily become the local snack bar for every groundhog, squirrel, and possum – and whatever else wanders by – in the neighborhood. Still, I’ve got nothing to lose except a little labor by trying. These trees have been very, very good to me over the years. This may be my last chance to pay them back.
I’ll check back during the season with updates.
William Alexander is the author of The $64 Tomato: How One Many Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden and, most recently, 52 Loaves: A Half-baked Adventure. His website is http://williamalexander.com.
on May 9, 2012 at 4:50 am, in the category Eat This, Guest Rants.
Here’s my favorite provision of S-510, otherwise known as the Food Safety Modernization Act, and just approved unanimously by the Senate Sunday: it allows the FDA to recall foods linked to illness. We would no longer have to depend on the kindness of corporations to do the right thing and recall their contaminated products. There would also be more inspections of big food-processing facilities so that maybe there’d be less contaminated product sent out in the first place. This is the first time that the FDA’s food-safety powers have been updated since the 1930s, and it’s about time.
If there’s anybody out there who thinks that large corporate entities are eager to police themselves even if it does get in the way of their bottom line, I have acres of poisoned property to sell you in Niagara Falls. For more recent examples, we need only look to Westco, who last year continued to ship peanut butter weeks after thousands of people nationwide were already sick from the products. Or the feebly apologetic Iowa mega-farmer who was implicated in last summer’s salmonella epidemic, after he’d been paying millions in violation fines for years. That was cheaper for him than cleaning up his truly horrific operation.
While I have seen a number of hysterical calls to action by alarmist big-gumint libertarian types as well as more reasoned complaints by those who feel the regulations would hamper the ability of small farms to succeed, I have also been looking at this bill and all that’s been written about it*—and I just don’t see what all the yelling is about. There are a number of exemptions and clarifications, applying to “very small businesses,” “limited annual monetary value of sales,” and facilities with “qualified end users.” Farmers who sell most of their harvest directly to restaurants, food co-ops, farm stands, and farmers’ markets wouldn’t have to abide by the regulations in the legislation (so Michele’s kids’ farm stand is safe). It seems obvious this legislation is aimed at big operations. Maybe the larger small farms will have a few more forms to fill out.
The bill also contains provisions for imported food. Which is fine with me; I am no more eager to ingest Central American pathogens than I am those of the domestic variety.
Oh, and Glenn Beck is worried that the legislation is a secret government stratagem designed to attack the meat industry, which the bill does not affect, as more consumers turn to their regulated vegetables. Ha. Where do you even begin with something that dumb?
On the other hand, Michael Pollan says it’s “the right thing to do.” Maybe he’d also say that the answer is for everyone to grow their own food. But that’s not our reality, and it isn’t likely to be any time soon.
I do not obsess about what’s on my plate or where it came from. I don’t even grow vegetables. (Those of you who have seen my property know why.) But if Pollan said that because he believes a family should be able to buy a carton of eggs or a head of lettuce without their next stop being the emergency room, than I’m with him.
*I read what I could of the bill itself and also referred to interpretations found in the NYTimes, the Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, and others. As Chris notes below, the bill was amended to address small farm concerns. But before that and after that, there was and is a ton of disinformation about the bill being passed around the interwebs.
on December 21, 2010 at 5:00 am, in the category Eat This, Ministry of Controversy.
It’s nice, as graveyards go. Colorful bulbs—species tulips, grape hyacinth, narcissus, erythronium—flourish in it throughout the later spring, followed by lush plantings of shade perennials—Solomon’s seal, ghost fern, bugbane (actea), brunnera, hellebores, and, of course, plenty of hosta.
It’s unlikely that the casual passer-by could begin to imagine the failure, demise, and decay that lies underneath this respectable-looking front garden—respectable-looking, given that it is handicapped by continual summer shade and an intrusive surface framework of maple and cherry tree roots. Raised beds? Oh, they’ve been tried; the new roots love them.
The only one who knows the extent to which this space is a botanical killing field is the resident gardener. I remember exactly what has perished here—often after only one or two seasons—because I have a digital record that stretches back over a decade: long and expensive lists of bulbs ordered from reputable bulb houses throughout the US. Where are the Tulipa praestans ‘Unicum’ and acuminata ordered 8/28/13, for example? Haven’t seen the unicum since 2014 and I don’t think the acuminata ever came up, through another expensive batch of it purchased in fall, 2014 did emerge in spring, 2015. What about the Tuilpa greigii ‘Oratoria purchased in 2011 and 2014? Yes, I see the ‘Mary Anns.’ I should see them; I bought and planted 50 last fall. As for the ‘Oratorio,’ a few variegataed leaves are coming up here and there.
These sturdy greigii and species varieties are supposed to naturalize very well, unlike, say, single lates and other, more commonly seen types. But even these stalwarts of the bulb world find it difficult to contend with minimal sun after bloom and the complicated network of tree root interference that cross crosses the property. Ah, well. I keep planting, enjoy what does come up (the most recently planted, usually, with some exceptions) and spare a few moments each spring to remember the dead.
on April 26, 2016 at 7:59 am, in the category It’s the Plants, Darling, Shut Up and Dig.
Sigh. So here’s a perfectly smart and sensible bill that’s going nowhere. Has anyone been following the Highways BEE Act? It is a revenue-neutral bill (should actually save money) that directs the Secretary of Transportation to use already existing resources and programs to work with the state highway departments, which manage the greenery around interstate highways. The idea is to get them to use an already-existing approach called IVM (integrated vegetation management) to mow less, plant more natives, and allow highway right-of-ways to serve as habitat for pollinators, ground-nesting birds, etc.
Again. Revenue-neutral. Already all set up. Enjoys wide support. Expected to save the states money.
So what’s the problem?
Certain members of Congress feel that the government should not be involved in highways at all, and that this bill simply represents more unwanted government interference.
That’s right. You heard me. Interstate highways should not be government-run.
I’m just going to pause and let that one sink in for a minute.
If you’re not sure which “certain members” I’m talking about, here’s a hint: They were recently voted into office by people who shouted things like “Get the government out of my Medicare” at rallies.
The highway bill is being held up for all sorts of reasons right now. You can imagine the kind of pointless bickering that’s going on.
But this? Please.
Read more about the bill here.
Sign a petition here.
Please spread the word. If you want to tweet this out, give a little shout-out to @Pollinators, the good folks behind this thing.
Oh, and Congress? Could you please, for once, just lighten up and do something sensible and not turn everything into a huge, unnecessary drama and just get back to work and quietly and nicely do your job?
I didn’t think so.
on February 23, 2012 at 6:29 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.
Kentucky has a long distinguished history of seed selection and preservation. Before Bill Best got serious with heirloom green beans seeds, there were Native Americans who put Kentucky on the world map before there were maps: four thousand years ago.
We seldom get credit for being a world center of plant domestication, but Kentucky is right up there with Mesoamerica for corn and Africa for barley and oats.
Native Americans selected lambsquarter (Chenopodium sp.) and gourds for their bigger seeds, and also for thinner seed coats for easier germination. They stored their seeds in the dry rock overhangs around the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky. Neither lambs quarter nor gourds won the race to the top of the food chart, but archaeological evidence suggests early breeders and seed collectors knew what they were doing.
There have also been Kentucky carbon-dated beans at least 1,000 years old. These could be “cut-shorts” that are still popular heirloom beans in the Southern Appalachians. They are called cut-shorts because the seeds completely fill the pods, which are squared off at the ends.
The “three sisters”—beans, corn and squash—have been staples in Southern Appalachian gardens for as long as gardens have been planted. Beans fixed nitrogen for corn that, in turn, provided support for the climbing beans. The ground-covering squash smothered many of the weed seedlings.
Bill Best realized that it was time to take a look back to a period when heirloom strains of beans were shared in a community simply because they tasted good.
Best has spent a long time looking to the past to save the future. He was a professor, coach and an administrator at Berea College for 40 years and co-founded the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center there.
The Best Quest: Search for the most flavorful homegrown regional vegetables. As a child growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Haywood County, North Carolina, he had savored the taste of heirloom green beans and tomatoes.
“The high price of cheap food kicked flavor to the curb, ” Bill Best says.
The more popular green bean seed strains lacked the taste that he remembered from his youth. Newer hybrids were bred for mechanical harvesting. “I couldn’t believe how bad the Blue Lake bean was.”
Bill Best is disturbed over the monopolization of modern agricultural seed. He’s doing his best to increase options, not minimize them. He has collected over 700 different bean seed strains to preserve for future generations.
Best started the non-profit Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center in the 1990s to prove that “products this region can produce can compete with large-scale farms on the basis of quality… We want to use our skills and information base (developed over many decades) to bring to the forefront the importance of quality heirloom fruits and vegetables. It is our hope that this Center will go far toward making mountain agriculture sustainable.”
Best’s Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia explains the fascinating variety of beans, tomatoes, apples, corn, “candy roasters” (squash) and cucumbers that have been passed down for generations. Best appreciates the gardeners and farmers who’ve learned the value of good seeds and flavorful vegetables.
The stories are funny. The turkey craw heirloom bean seed, as legend has it, was found in the craw of a turkey. And seeds of the ‘Mortgage Lifter’ tomato helped pay off a mortgage.
Bill Best appreciates the cultural significance of Jack and the Beanstalk, the English folk tale, still popular in the Southern Appalachians.
A modern version, Jack and the Wonder Beans, was beautifully written, in an Eastern Kentucky, lyrical vernacular, by James Still in 1977.
Jack makes a deal with a gypsy and receives three beans. “Not common beans. Not regular beans.” The gypsy calls them “Wonder beans.”
She gives Jack simple instructions.
“Sow them and they will feed your life tee-total.”
on May 11, 2016 at 7:16 am, in the category Eat This, Unusually Clever People.