Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sparrow ID

I went to a Sparrow Identification workshop yesterday at Duke Farms. It was taught by Pete Bacinski from NJ Audubon. We learned how to ID the following sparrows (and birds previously classified as sparrows): Song, Savannah, Ipswitch Savannah, Lincoln, Vesper, Fox, Chipping, Clay-Colored, Field, American Tree, Lark, Swamp, Seaside, Saltmarsh, Nelson, LeConte, Grasshoper, Henslow, White Throated, White Crowned, Gambel's White Crowned, Harris...then Dark-Eyed Junko, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Dickcissel and Eastern Towhee. Whew, that's a lot! I am most looking forward to one day seeing a Fox Sparrow.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Food Co-op

I've been involved in a wonderful experiment with friends this summer, a dinner co-op. I make three of the same dishes and then exchange with two other friends. This way, we each have three meals pre-made for the week. It has saved me time, money, and spared me the what's-for-dinner conundrum

I've made:

Cassoulet-Style Chicken (chicken and kielbasa) + garden salad with vinaigrette

Skillet gnocchi with chard, white beans, tomatoes, mozzarella + spinach/pear/walnut/Gorgonzola salad

Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and a side of pasta
(weight watchers recipe)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Flower School

This would be fun to do sometime

Little Flower School

A flower arranging class with beautiful buds and a champagne toast!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Composting Summer '10

I have been using a homemade composter for about 1.5 years now. Simple in design, just a garbage can with the bottom cut out placed upside down in a shallow hole in the ground, it made some great compost as evident by these pictures (garbage can removed to show contents):

Now I've upgraded to an EnviroCycle Compact Composter. I am hoping that the benefit will be more readily available compost (and compost tea) than I had from the above method. Before, I had to dismantle and move the pile from spot to spot. The other benefit is that now the composter is situated on my cement walkway, not taking up any precious gardening space in my small yard.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Garden Archive 5/10

Vinca vine given by a friend.
New trellis for roses
Solomon's Seal
Cora Bells
Rose of Sharon Seedling from a friend.
Yellow Daylily and Jacob's Ladder
Cleveland Pear Trees planted Summer '08