Thursday, October 30, 2014
Slowly Winding Down
The wind is starting to pick up on the roof so that means it's time to start wrapping up the garden for winter. I toyed with the idea (for about 2 seconds) of planting carrots or some other fall crop to extend the harvest, but I've come to the conclusion that fall vegetable gardening is just not for me, at least on this specific rooftop. It's just too exposed to the elements. As the weather gets colder it gets windier up here, which makes it an increasingly unpleasant place to spend time. Gardening for me is a pleasure, not a chore, and I'm not interested in doing anything that will make it chore, so once the wind picks up I know it's time to wind down the garden. This will be a slow process however since many plants still bear fruits. Some of the tomato plants and all of the pepper plants still have a few more vegetables to give.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Reading Round Up: BPA edition
Study: Hand Sanitizers, French Fries Don’t Mix Well With BPA-Coated Receipts
Waste-free, Willy Wonka packaging is coming but are consumers ready for it?
Buzz Feed: The Science Of The Munchies
Ebola Has Created a Full-Fledged Food Crisis in Liberia
More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Reading Round Up: Soda Edition
Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You as Much as Smoking Does
High Rates of Suicide, Depression Linked to Farmers' Use of Pesticides
Forget Tofurkey. Here’s a New Batch of Meat Alternatives
Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution
Startup's New Sprays Promise Longer-Lasting Fruit, Fewer Pesticides
Thursday, October 16, 2014
We're Still Here!
October has been absolutely beautiful so far. I've only had to wear a jacket a once or twice since the beginning of the month. Daytime temps still touch the 70's and besides that one chilly weekend nighttime temps are in the 50's. Most of the plants are still on the roof and this year's harvest total is definitely on track to be my second best year ever.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Reading Round Up: Plant Blood Edition
Urban Ag Grows Up: World’s Largest Rooftop Farm In Chicago
10 Reasons Why Teff is the New Quinoa
Is the Secret to Sustaining a Vegetarian Diet Eating Plant…Blood?
Potato as Birth Control: Never a Good Idea
This killer app will change the way we eat forever
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Reading Round Up: Pirate Joe's Edition
GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier
The Man Who Smuggles Trader Joe’s into Canada
Making peanuts safe for allergy sufferers
Ebola Might Leave Survivors Food-Strapped in Liberia
Thursday, October 2, 2014
October is here, but daytime temps are still touching the low 70's, so the majority of the garden is still doing well. All the peppers plants are still here, which I'm incredibly happy about. The last time any pepper plant lasted this long on the roof was in 2010, my top harvest year. If the weather holds I think this year might be my second best!