Powering Down in an Age of Irrational Politics

The politics of pain that is the fashion these days offers an unprecedented opportunity to advance a power-down agenda that will become a necessity in the years ahead. The defining characteristics of the Great Recession, and the Great Depression of the 1930's, are very high unemployment rates while interest rates remain very low. High unemployment [...]

Squash Seed Saving

Now is the time to be eating all those winter squash harvested in the fall. For squash seed savers, this is the opportunity for quality control and seed selection. Easy control over the selection process is one reason squash seed saving is so much fun. Squash eaters know that there can be large differences in quality from [...]

Long Season Crops

I am finding long-season crops more and more satisfying to grow.  Shade in my garden doesn't matter as much once the trees have dropped their leaves.  And the pace of activity imposed by the slow vegetables is more forgiving if I miss a week or two when planting or harvesting. I define long season varieties to be [...]

Berry Daze

The Fourth of July weekend brought beautiful weather for camping up the McKenzie River.  Everything is late this year, including the mountain wildflowers.  The meadows were carpeted with little pale blue flowers and deep blue larkspur, with paintbrush adding accent. Arriving home, the berries and peas needed picking.  The strawberries are just about done, but there are [...]