“The Gravest Natural Resource Shortage You’ve Never Heard Of”

“The Gravest Natural Resource Shortage You’ve Never Heard Of”

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Tips | One Comment

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Establishing a reliable phosphorus supply is essential for assuring long-term, sustainable food security….If we fail to meet this challenge, humanity faces a Malthusian trap of widespread famine on a scale that we have not yet experienced. —James Elser and Stuart White, Foreign Policy magazine (April 20, 2010) My blog post last […]

Old Dog, New Tricks: Prepping the Vegetable Garden Beds

Old Dog, New Tricks: Prepping the Vegetable Garden Beds

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Tips | 7 Comments

Text and photos (except where noted) by Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Gas prices have been going up, and with them, food prices. This winter I was shocked by my family’s grocery bills and determined that we would start growing a lot more of our own food. Trying to be as self-reliant as possible, we grow a wide […]

Fruits and Nuts: Good Winter Reading

Fruits and Nuts: Good Winter Reading

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in All, Books, New Homestead, Plants | 3 Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS My house may be full of nuts, but my yard has none. This sad state of affairs struck me after reading The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden (Storey Publishing, 2011), Leonard Perry’s update of Lewis Hill’s classic Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden. For […]

Christmas Trees: Sustainable Choices

Christmas Trees: Sustainable Choices

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in New Homestead, Uncategorized | One Comment

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS We Americans love our Christmas trees—even those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas warm to this centuries-old tradition. Here’s a look at the environmental impacts of various Christmas tree choices.   For many, this is an indispensable holiday tradition: a visit to a tree farm to choose your own tree. Photo: […]

Last Plant Standing: A Snarky Gardener’s Take on the Late, Late Bloomers

Last Plant Standing: A Snarky Gardener’s Take on the Late, Late Bloomers

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in All, New Homestead, Plants | 9 Comments

Text and photos by Erica Bowman, JMMDS Dahlia bud. Autumn is hard on us gardeners. It signals the end of yet another growing season. It can be difficult to let go of those glorious blooms, and harder yet accepting the reality of winter’s coming. Sometimes a protracted goodbye is a bad thing. For one snarky […]

Recycling Concrete

Recycling Concrete

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Design, New Homestead, Plants, Tips, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials in residential and other construction.  So what happens when that concrete reaches the end of its lifespan and needs replacing?  In one recent JMMDS project, concrete that would have otherwise been hauled away was re-purposed on site. A new driveway recycling […]

Garden Clean-Up: Rotation and Cover Crops

Garden Clean-Up: Rotation and Cover Crops

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Plants, Tips | 2 Comments

by Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Vermont is enjoying some blessed sunshine after our recent torrential rains and floods, but we’re poised on the cusp between summer and fall. A possible frost is in the forecast for this weekend—although my cayenne peppers haven’t even turned red yet. I’m already raking the first leaves out of my baby […]

Erica’s Edibles: Perennial Returns on Investment

Erica’s Edibles: Perennial Returns on Investment

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in All, New Homestead, Plants | 5 Comments

These uncertain times have everyone scrambling for a safe place to put their money. Here, some investment advice from an expert in the field (and we do mean an actual field). Want to see more green? Try red…or gold…or purple! Photos and text by Erica Bowman, JMMDS My hot investing tip? Perennial edible plants. Investments […]

Sipping Summer: Garden-Inspired Beverages

Sipping Summer: Garden-Inspired Beverages

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 in All, How-To, New Homestead | 2 Comments

All photos by Anna Karina Johansen (unless otherwise noted.) How about a glass of ginger mint feverfew sun tea sweetened with raw honey?  Or a sour cherry gimlet?  There’s nothing like tipping back a refreshing beverage after a long hot day.  Spiked or not, you can leave the lemon and lime at the grocery store […]

A Walk in the Woods: Morels and More

A Walk in the Woods: Morels and More

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in How-To, New Homestead, Plants, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Text and photos by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS What a spring!  Finding myself trying to start my gardens—or, at the very least, mow my lawn—and being thwarted by rain, I decided to head for the hills.  The rewards were many. A day’s harvest: Allium tricoccum (ramps), Metteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern) fiddleheads, Morchella esculenta (common morels) and […]