Summer Harvest Timing and Equipment

After years of cultivation and year-round attention to orchard maintenance, it may finally be time to harvest from your fruit trees! It is often quite simple to tell when fruits are ready, as ripe fruits are well-colored and are easily plucked off the spur, with little resistance. The ground color, or the color of the … Continue reading Summer Harvest Timing and Equipment

Growing Peaches from Seed

Ever eat a delicious fruit and wonder about planting the seed to grow a new tree? Although all of the common fruits are usually propagated through grafting, peach and apricot trees can be grown from seed. Read below to find out how! Although planting the seeds of apples, pears, plums, and cherries can also result … Continue reading Growing Peaches from Seed

Intro to Wild Edibles

Dandelions, lambs-quarters, mustard greens, oh my!  WILD EDIBLES Widely abundant and highly nutritious, wild edible plants thrive with little human effort and are useful as rich sources of food, medicine, and craft. Sometimes considered weeds, wild edibles emerge everywhere – in untouched city spaces, woodland borderlands, even from the cracks in the sidewalk. Learning how … Continue reading Intro to Wild Edibles

Spring Forward with Wild Edibles – Spotlight on Chickweed and Nettles

Some of nature’s most nutritious foods and powerful medicines come to us from the untended wild – from the cracks in the sidewalk, to the vacant lots left to their own devices. The world of “weeds,” or plants not cultivated intentionally by humans, are those representing the tenacious spirit of the earth itself – to … Continue reading Spring Forward with Wild Edibles – Spotlight on Chickweed and Nettles

Look To The Weeds For What You Need

As the earth & its creatures wake up around us this month, you will probably feel a corresponding surge of energy that’s inexplicable for any other reason than the coming of spring. To encourage that energy & assist in the transformation from spongy winter self to honed & toned summer self, many cultures traditionally detox … Continue reading Look To The Weeds For What You Need

Fresh Figs for Cold Climates

One of the wonder’s of Philadelphia’s fine fruit-growing climate is that we can grow certain warmer climate crops like the fig. South Philly is full of decades old fig trees brought over by immigrants from Italy and other Mediterranean countries. These trees were probably coddled in their youth, wrapped every winter as fig-growers still do in Brooklyn … Continue reading Fresh Figs for Cold Climates