This weekend, October 1 & 2, finds me at PodCamp Philly. What is PodCamp? It is a barcamp-style unconference focusing on blogging, video casting and social media. Excellent lectures today filled with information that I plan to integrate into the blog. Some material presented today can also be cross-walked into my professional career. This was a day well spent in the pursuit of knowledge.
Check back here for write-ups of the lectures and, of course, more photographs.
This award is a great achievement after all the frustrating challenges, seedling disasters, landscaping nightmare and bone breaking that went on this growing season. In the end, the lessons learned this year far outweighed all the obstacles. I am looking forward to the next season in the garden.
Below are a few photos taken at the 2011 PHS Fall Harvest Festival and City Garden Contest Winner reception:
Back in the day, say a week or two ago, my Tomato patch looked nice and tidy:
My little munch kins have rapidly grown to nearly taller than my good self. I’m 5’6 and I can see eye to ‘eye’ with my tomato plants. Is this normal? Have I created a monster? I posed for a picture next to the plants so you can see the height of these plants. FYI: Please disregard the hair as the photo was taken shortly after a four mile run. Continue reading →
A rather pesky squirrel has been relentlessly attacking my corn seedlings. I’ve replaced countless seedlings. This destruction has forced me to net the raised bed containing the corn and to deploy a rodent-be-gone bitter spray around the raised bed. It took a while to find a product that wasn’t deadly to domestic animals. So far this week, I’ve seen no more damage to the crops and managed to harvest a handful of beans from this bed. I’m attempting a ‘Three Sisters’ growing method where you plant corn, squash and pole beans along one another. The three plants are complimentary to each other; the corn provides structure for the pole beans to climb, the pole bean roots add nitrogen to the soil that the corn needs for its growth, and the squash provides ground cover to prevent weeds from growing.
Sounds dishy doesn’t it? I’ve wanted to try this Indian technique in the garden and I will NOT allow the actions of a marauding squirrel to thwart me.