By now your gardens should be planted and sprouting and growing! Summer crops got planted throughout May and June is now a month where all of us can take a big deep breathe and relax a bit as we wait for crops to come in. This also gives us time to plan for fall – another big time of year for gardeners. Tree fruit and edible perennials (artichoke, mustard plants, tea plants, etc) can be planted this fall – the last window to plant before spring. July is the month notoriously dedicated to tomato staking and supports. I’m not a fan of tomato cages, but instead I build a support system of bamboo in my tomato beds. It’s cheap and uber-efficient. These are also very important months for watering. Whilst we typically consider July & August to be the hottest months (and they are!), days are actually getting shorter and … Continue reading
Consolidation of our national seed industry can be found here, from a professor in Michigan. Philip Howard, Assistant Professor at MSU put this together. Pretty rockin’ graph, if you ask me.
The GMO debate is a big one. BIG. And I’m not sure what all the answers are (yet), so on this BIG debate I’m going with my gut and urging my politicians, peers, colleagues, family – anyone who will listen – to have a voice in the BIG debate that will change the future of our food supply. Monsanto owns a lot of this worlds seed. Gates Foundation does work in Africa in support of GMOs, because they think it’s going to solve the hunger crisis. I don’t know if these things are ultimately good or bad, but I don’t think that creating plants that are immune to bugs seems wise, nor do I think that feeding a world that is overpopulated is the answer to th global food shortage. What I do know, however, is that I don’t want people playing with the genetics of anything I take into … Continue reading