Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reading Round Up: Bone Soup Edition

Bucolic Bushwick 2010 Pepper Seedlings

You know what I'm looking forward to more than Christmas or the New Year?  Winter solstice!  Lack of sunlight is really getting to me.  My productivity is way down, all I want to do is eat comfort food and sleep.  I'm seriously considering buying a small grow light system or maybe an Aerogarden so I can still enjoy vegetable gardening in the winter.  Paying extra attention to my houseplants is just not cutting it.  Anyway, onto to the links:

Want to eat less?  Imagine eating more.

Do you remember that massive peanut butter recall a couple years ago?  Here's how Minnesota traced the source of salmonella contamination.

The global wild seed hunt begins.

Archeologists discover the world's oldest bowl of soup.

This year's big salmonella-tainted egg scandal, which led to the largest recall of eggs in U.S. history, is linked to the U.S. government's failure to act and its fractured bureaucracy.

The Atlantic brings you the 10 biggest food stories of 2010.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vegetable Harvest Report Final 2010

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Container Vegetable Garden

Peas: 3.5 ounces

Alright, so this is the last of the harvest for 2010.  The rooftop vegetable garden is closed for the winter.  I'm glad it's over because the weather up there is brutal!  The wind burns your face and numbs your fingers within minutes.  My gardening enjoyment declined precipitously with the colder temperatures so I've decided my cutoff date for all future rooftop gardening activities will be November 15th.

Here are the final numbers:

Cherry Tomato (Gold Nugget):  10 pounds, 4.6 ounces

Cucumber (H-19 Little Leaf):  5 pounds, 4.5 ounces

Cantaloupe (Halona F1): 5 pounds, 4.7 ounces

Eggplant (Gretel F1, Top Container Seed):  7 pounds, 11.7 ounces

Hot Pepper (Padron): 2 pounds, 3.1 ounces

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reading Round Up: Naga Viper Edition

I still have plenty of seeds to giveaway.  Let me know if you would like some.

A British chili farmer grows the world's hottest chili pepper.

Bake America's first cookie recipe.   If someone bakes this let me know what it tastes like.

I wish there was something like this when I was younger, read about a farm school in Chicago.

Remember the all potato diet guy?  He's done!  He lost 20 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by 60 points.

Find out how organic farmers battle pests.  Think biodiversity.

Check out this high speed video of popcorn popping, it's really quite beautiful.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Grow Forth and Prosper: 2010 Vegetable Seed Giveaway

Bucolic Bushwick Vegetable Seeds 2010

Updated: February 16, 2011

If you would like some seeds just email me at thegardener at bucolicbushwick dot com.

Cherry Tomato, Yellow - Gold Nugget, 56 days to maturity

Cucumber -  H-19 Little Leaf, 57 days to maturity

Cantaloupe/Muskmelon - Halona F1, 73 days to maturity