I recently read an article about Bill Gates and GMOs and how he allocates his money and whether or not money invested into GMO projects in Africa would ultimately help or hinder. It was an interesting article that showed both sides of the story. I personally don't feel that I have done enough research to confidently stand on either side of the fence (I don't think that they are scary or dangerous to eat). What I can say (in my opinion) is that A: there is no way to stop science, B:growing up in agriculture I have seen first hand the benefits of growing GMOs, (I'm married to a farmer) C:it is strange and scary to think that companies can own genes. Check out the link to the article. And stay tuned as we attempt to clear up other confusing issues (Heirloom vs Hybrid),
Kinda scary. Pretty exciting. We are ready to start planting!
I know that there are some skeptics out there that in our cold, windy Idaho weather we will have fresh veggies ready for you by the end of May. In a standard home garden, I don’t even recommend putting out starts until the end of May! But, we have some tricks up our sleeve…and a plan to them into action.
So, the first basket…our plan is to have GREENS, BABY CARROTS, BEETS, SPINACH, CHARD, CUCUMBERS and BABY ZUCCHINI! Sounds delicious. If you are one of the more adventurous cooks with a culinary basket…maybe some early eggplant, a variety of fresh herbs and some heirloom beets! Just a disclaimer: We are at the mercy of Mother Nature and she may always ruin our best laid plans.
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Keep checking back or follow us on Facebook to see the work we are doing in our gardens and what is starting to grow. I have already spent several afternoons in my garden cleaning up, searching for little green leaves, pruning and making a final plan where everything will go. Today, the garlic and rhubarb are both poking their first leaves through and the perennial herbs are starting to show some amazing color. The herbs already smell delicious while I am working among them to get rid of dead foliage and the first weeds.
So I attempted a blog a few weeks ago and after writing it and losing it twice: I gave up. Here I go again (for the 3 people who might read it). The first thing I think when I hear "blog"...someone needed somewhere to vent or tell people their opinion...etc. I don't want to do that. If you want information and knowledge you should seek it out for yourself. Please don't read anything I write and take it too much to heart. It will all be suggestions or things that I am personally excited about.
Because I scaled back on my work life I have had much more time to read. Most recently I have started receiving Mother Earth News magazine. I have been getting online newsletters for some time but call me old fashioned...I really have a love of holding a physical book. The magazine is great in my opinion. I often read the Farm Journal and other ag magazines. Most of them seem to lean pretty heavily in one direction...GMO, organic, big business, family farm. Based on the name, Mother Earth News, I know what you are probably thinking. However, I found a few refreshing nuggets within. First, an article about recycling...recycling plastic is not worth it. Definitely the first time I've heard that. Second, not all varieties are created equal AND that means some heirlooms are not that great when it comes to nutrients. Plant breeders may know what they are doing after all. A few more things I found to keep me going...
-Bull's Blood (beet) is recommended due to its long storage life-also happens to be one that we chose for your share
-A few super nutritious produce varieties...Spanish Roja (garlic) and Jersey Knight (asparagus) are also varieties that we are growing this year...
Stay posted for more of rambling...