Monthly Archives: June 2012

Roasted Lacinato kale

Last night we had the first cutting of our Lacinato kale…roasted at high temperatures (450-475 degrees)…heat olive oil in a pyrex-type dish or other roasting pan with olive oil and then add kale…roast until crispy…I like to add other veggies like Brussels sprouts or parsnips cut thinly…I usually roast these larger veggies for 10 min first and then add the kale until done….serve with rice, small pasta, or thin spaghetti…I like to drizzle sesame oil and tamari sauce…nutritious and delicious…I still have a lot of arugula savaticca seedlings…reseeds from last year…very intense flavor…makes good vinegar, too…here’s a pic….although I did not get many peony blooms because I transplanted my herbaceous peonies last fall, here is a pic of a bouquet from last week…the recent rains have hastened their bloom time….Hallie


Possible Meeting Dates at the Woodstock Library & Other Garden/Forest Notes

Here are a few other available dates I booked at the Woodstock Library for meetings at 7 PM: August 2nd, October 4th, November 1st, and December 6th. If there are host homes for those months, I can cancel the meeting (s) there.

On another note…while walking in the woods today, I came across these mushrooms…I haven’t had a chance to ID it yet…does anyone know what it is? I also have had a voracious infestation of green caterpillars eating my beautiful Sea of Red lettuce…here’s a pic…needless to say, I squished back!!  The lettuce is recovering  ImageImage

nicely….I have continued to follow the nutrient-dense farming regimen that was outlined in the last Table publication, and I am really pleased with the results so far…I basically am using three ingredients: Azomite (rock dust solution one a week), Menefee humates (a small amount sprinkled in site of plant), and diluted kelp/fish emulsion every two to three weeks). At our last meeting in the library David Gross said he would post that article so everyone can read about it. The research thus far on this farming approach has shown incredible improvement in yields. I picked about 15 pounds of strawberries at Thompson & Finch, near Ancram, NY (NOFA certified organic…518-329-7578 on Sun…the berries are early due to the warmer weather so if you want to pick you better move fast…made strawberry shortcake last night…such a seasonal treat…froze the rest for a snowy day…Hallie

Learning WordPress and More

Thursday night/May 31st the Woodstock Permaculture meeting at the library was a learning curve,  for me,  as always….I hope that this will be my first post!! Keiko I would love to have some of the transplants you have posted. I also have many extra plants that need thinning. Some of the many are: arugula savaticca (sp?) ( an intense variety that reseeds profusely, red bee balm, lily of the valley, Russian mustard, renegade garlic (escapees), several varieties of mints, red raspberries: Prelude and Caroline…that’s a start. Here’s a garden assistant who frequented my home garden last summer…quite cozy in a gladiola blossom….I forgot choose pic placement.

Switching to Google Group

We had a productive meeting last night. The minutes will be posted soon, but the most urgent news is that we will abandon the email list and shift to Google Group, to allow for more accurate, democratic, and robust communication. Invitation to our Google Group has been sent to everyone on our email list. The group is searchable and open to public (individual member’s information is not visible). Anyone who wants to join can do so by visiting Woodstock Permaculture Google Group, and clicking on “Apply for group membership.”