Ellen Schwindt

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Last year I grew some ginger in my cold frame. This year I planted some, but it hasn't come up yet. I don't think it's going to, because it's been a long time. It was incredibly easy and I got some new ginger root to use in my cooking. Its provenance was the grocery story. Your post makes me want to try again.

Oh, and I grew some grocery story flax.

If I ever get more organized I'll keep notes, but mostly, I just plant, plant, plant....
1 week ago
Welcome Joseph. This is a topic I'm most interested in. I practice squash growing in that odd way of just saving seeds, planting them the next spring and noticing what comes up. I'm not a writer-downer, so I wouldn't say I'm breeding, but I've had some very tasty squash along the way, that's for sure.
1 week ago
Thank you Raven for your wonderful book. I have read. I grew one tiny plot of flax and it is awaiting some of my attention--at the breaking stage. I want to plant some more flax this season. Someday I may even get through all the steps to linen, but I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, I'm happy to see these conversations.
3 months ago
How does your mylar blanket seed starting shelf work? I tried something similar--but not enclosed--in my cellar last year with ho-hum results. I love the idea of the space blanket, though.

I was moving stuff in my upper woods this morning--digging an erstwhile "poop pile" actually. And I decided that spot, once I used the composted  sh*t could be a great place for a small greenhouse. So your post is quite timely for me. Thanks for the inspiration.
7 months ago
Thank you so much Blaine Clarke for your great reply. I will walk around with my Newcombs in hand as much as I can. I haven't noticed any chokes around, but I'll look.
10 months ago
Thanks for all this information. I'm ready to dive in. In fact I ordered some starts from Etsy this year, but they arrived completely dry and did not grow when I put them into my very well watered cold frame garden. I was hoping to move them to their forever home, but the chokes are not with me and I think were not arrived when they arrived. Will someone please share a "how to get them" post? I am in Central Western New Hampshire. Thanks in advance!
10 months ago
Welcome Acadia! I'll look forward to the discussions this week as I want to learn more about perennial plants I can incorporate into my gardening. I'm finding out that conventional vegetables don't produce as well in polycultures as they do in intensive-input gardening I've done in the past. I'm glad you've figured stuff out about this problem and I look forward to learning more.
10 months ago
This will be an interesting thread to read. I am in year 2ish of a transition from more conventional gardening (albeit with as much mulch as I can lay my hands on) to something with a lot more TEFA built in. This year is a very dry one in my region. I'm lucky enough to be able to cut my grass with a scythe--which I do only when I need the mulch. My "field" which is a clearing of about an acre in the New Hampshire woods certainly functions as a meadow--complete with Mama deer and faun this year. It's been teaching me  a lot in this season of dryness as I go out to find my breakfast of dandelion greens each morning and notice the wet spots and the dry spots and think big thoughts about how to make it all serve all of us (me AND the mama deer and her faun) better.
So, welcome, Owen.
1 year ago
Beautiful permaculture pictures! I especially love the stair steps, the ancient path (wait those are really permanent features, aren't they?). I'm not moving to spain because I have a beloved 20 acres in New Hampshire and also a husband, but I like your vision. I also loved your no-dig potato bed. How did that work out?
I loved the post about your own landrace of pumpkins. I practice something similar on my zone 3 (maybe some pockets of 4)  wanna-be-a-farm in Northern New Hampshire. I save seeds from the pumpkins I like and let nature take her course in terms of breeding. I've had great results and not-so-great results. It's always an adventure! Here's a picture of the one that I liked called "the banana squash" from a few summers back.
1 year ago