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We Dig Plants

I just got word about a new radio show on the incredible Heritage Radio Network out of NY. If you don’t know about HRN, the station’s got a station for every sort of local foodie–the cook, the grower, the local food system policymaker. And for the musically inclined there’s Snacky Tunes which had they listened to the crack of my leek whip would have been called Carrot Noise. But owell. The new show is called We Dig Plants and you can stream each program here.

I’m not sure whether it’s completely relevant to the whole vegetable/pseudo wiccan/community organizing principles of 1kng, but no one can argue against its value…With such a stunning description that makes me think of the Pollan’s Botany of Desire, I can only think of its importance as we proceed forward with this community redevelopment project.

“Garden designers, Carmen Devito & Alice Marcus Krieg of Groundworks Inc, will delve into our human relationship with plants: as food, medicine, fodder and as a source of beauty and inspiration. We’ll bring the “culture” to horticulture and discuss such topics as: botany how to, cultivation, horticultural history, garden design trends and all things generally budding.”

Plus…it’s winter. Is there a better time to listen casually about plants?


Finding Our Niche

Yippee to every voter, email spreader, writer and every new gardener. Whether we win 10,000 smackers or not, we will continue to support Missoula’s burgeoning interest in all things Arugula, Chard, Pumpkin. The response has been overwhelming and it’s been an excellent week to talk to people about the project’s vision and how other people’s vegetable patches are fairing.

Polls end tonight (Tuesday), but the comments keep coming. This comment by rakasome may as well become our new gardener hoorah…

“And what a great way to bring the thread of community over the high fences between backyards. Mr. 1000Gardens, tear down this wall!”

Thank you’s go out to the NewWest‘s Amy Linn, jhwygirl at 4&20 Blackbirds, Michael Moore of the Missoulian, and all of the people who have new gardeners interested in becoming one of the 2010 greatest new gardens in the world! We’ll be organizing volunteers for you for the fall Dig Day. Oh, it’s going to be another post-modern event. To volunteer or stay in touch with the group’s growth, contact us at

And, OF COURSE, don’t forget to keep reading these excellent journal updates of this year’s new gardeners.

Kinda Sorta

So I’ve decided that next year, maybe I just won’t start seeds at all. The plants that I started from seed either haven’t made or are barely holding on by a thread. Maybe I started them too late this year? Maybe they needed another month? Maybe I wasn’t consistent enough with my watering? I think next year, I will start melons (canteloupe and watermelon) only, since they need a longer season, and just make do with seedlings. Or veggies that have enough time to grow when direct-seeded.

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happy peas

On the plus side, I used legume innoculant on my pea seeds this year, and holy cow! What a difference! The first batch has flowers and the second sowing (about 3 weeks later) is coming right along too. I also used it on my green bean seeds (1st time veggie for me) and they’re looking pretty happy, too.

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happy beans

And although the deer ate my raspberries down to nubs over the winter, they look pretty fat and happy too. AND I discovered the first smiling red, almost-ripe strawberries this morning! When I told the boys, they were speechless with delight and anticipation. They’ve been out there poking around the bird netting this week, itching to get their hands on some berries.

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OK…I’m feeling a little less like a garden moron, and a little more like it might be worth it. 🙂

1,000 New Gardens Promo

Thank you, Greta Rybus, for putting so much work into this video of 1,000 New Gardens! From the banjo music to the Brady Bunch-style editing of 9 of the households that are in the network in 2009 to the many interviews you conducted…this is a work of art.

Check it out everyone!

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