In September, 2008, we donated all of Michael and Edward Braun’s papers to the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Included in the collection were: two work visas, which I previously thought were passports, for Michael and his wife, Adelaide, several legal papers in French, probably sales contracts, one of Edward’s stock certificates, and letters […]
I’ll be nice since the holidays are coming; I’ll begin my new Pittsburgh blog with a pat, but lest you worry that you’ll be caught in the treacle, I’ll pan something soon. The praise goes to Right By Nature, Pittsburgh’s new organic grocery in the Strip. I haven’t been there yet. They opened last week […]
Just like last August, my vegetables are on the tip of really producing a lot of yield. And, just like last August, I am leaving for a business trip – thankfully only for a week this time instead of a whole month. That means I will be able to take part in the harvest this […]
The second year garden has a head of steam on it and seems to be doing quite well. I already have two crops grown, eaten, and done. Check out this year’s sowing: eggplant watermelon squash (two varieties) cucumber (for pickling) potatoes peas bush beans bok choy cabbage tomatoes (6 varieties – pig pen, josephine, early […]
Yes, i think it is time I admit the truth. I have worms living in my basement. It was only a few months ago that I purchase 500 Red Wigglers and put them into a series of stacked, black plastic bins in my basement. Then I began to feed and water them – modestly at […]
I left work early today to go listen to a vermiculture lecture I had heard about. When I got to the place, it was locked up tighter than a buckeye in a squirrel’s left cheek. I got soaked in the rain. My notes on the lecture: no worms, lots of rain.
My flower bed has sprung some sprouts! I put a variety of annuals in this bed and they seem to be doing well. Today I put some fertilizer and mulch down. just to have some cut flowers around. It faces the dining room windows. Hopefully, I will be able to look out on nice bunches […]
Today I made a delicious salad from the greens in my garden. I had to thin out some of the vegetables. Instead of throwing them away, I cooked them up! There are beet, broccoli, and carrot greens, along with lettuce, basil, and cilantro. The tomato and asiago were bought down the street.
Family stories often get lost in the jumble of daily life until decades take their toll, people pass away and no one is left who can fill in the forgotten details. As we age, snippets are remembered and the time comes when we wish we could ask questions, clarify details and understand more about our […]
Hey! I have seedlings! Who would have thunk. This is about three weeks after I built the beds. Notice that large green thing near the for right corner of the first bed. It came up of its own accord – I certainly did not plant it. Because the soil is largely compost, and because it […]