Category Archives: Agriculture

Durham Farm Days

You are what you eat!  

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Two Fer

We have been trapping garden pests for over 10 years now and I had never seen this before: They were chattering back and forth, arguing over who was at fault. Then this morning: It was definitely the one of the … Continue reading

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GMO Apples Ready for Market

Okanagan Specialty Fruits has received U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC) approvals to begin marketing their Artic ® brands of non-browning apples. Expect non-browning apple slices … Continue reading

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Gardener vs. Wildlife

It was a tough garden season this year, a lack of rain coupled with an explosion in the number of local woodchuck, deer and other garden pests wrecked havoc on many in the area. Fortunately, I  installed drip irrigation a … Continue reading

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Will to Survive

Frequently I see heavily damaged plants in the garden that should be quickly put out of their misery. Yet, optimism reigns or perhaps I am too lazy to bend over and apply the final indignity to a simple vegetable that … Continue reading

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Garden Salad

Picking the daily quotient of salad greens for lunch I came across a Nursery Web Spider in the spinach. They are an ambush style hunter waiting to strike insects as large are bees or even bumblebees.  

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Bonus Tomatoes

I buy tomato sets at the greenhouse, they do a better job at seeding and nurturing until it is time to plant. However, there is often more than one plant per container; historically I would separate the plants and plant both … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest

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2015 Durham Farm Days

Believe it or not there really is much more to Durham than student housing and the Historic District. Saturday looks to be a great day, maybe too hot to work in the yard but just right to see some of … Continue reading

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Blackberry Season

No better way to begin blackberry season but with a small dish of blackberry sorbet garnished with blackberries and chocolate mint.

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