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Chatting with Master Gardeners About the Fall

We love growing vegetables in the fall. It’s more pleasant to be outside, the weeds and bugs slow down, and we get to grow vegetables like collards and kohlrabi that just don’t work in central Alabama in the summer. (more)

Podcast #250 – Uh-oh. Firewood. Now!

It gets hot in Central Alabama. We haven’t crossed the century mark yet this summer, but we’ve seen plenty of highs in the 90s, and it’s routine for the heat index to run up to 105 or so. (more)

Podcast #249 – After Years of Waiting, Abundant Fruit

Longleaf Breeze regulars know that Amanda and I have divided responsibilities; she focuses on vegetables and I keep up the fruit trees. (more)

How We Made Apple Jam

We were blessed this year with a surprisingly abundant crop of crisp, sweet apples, in stark contrast to the normally reliant pears that succumbed to a late-season frost and produced almost nothing. (more)

Podcast #248 – Let’s Hear It For Diversity!

In any average year in central Alabama, pears will produce more fruit and withstand pests better than apples. But not this year, at least not at Longleaf Breeze. (more)

Podcast #247 – What We’re Learning About Squash

Notice this is not “What We’ve Learned.” Growing squash – particularly after the first year you grow it – is a great antidote for the bighead. (more)

Podcast #246 – Invaders on Every Flank

It’s the middle of the summer here in Central Alabama, and we’ve come to see it as the peak of the onslaught of pests that seemingly delight in tormenting us and the crops we try to grow. Every farmer needs to whine every now and then; this is our chance to whine about critters and weeds. (more)

Podcast #245 – Can Subsistence Farmers Ever Vacation?

We’re back now from a one-week stay at our family’s cabin on Lake Martin. The good news is that the lake was quiet and beautiful immediately following the big 4th of July weekend, after nearly everyone had returned home. The bad news is that we don’t feel rested at all; we’re even a little relieved to be ending our “vacation” so we can get back to a simpler routine. (more)

Podcast #244 – Independence Days

We are eagerly awaiting the celebration tomorrow of Independence Day, when we Americans mark the fateful decision of a handful of men 238 years ago to sever the connection between the colonies in the new world and Mother England. (more)

Podcast #243 – These Long, Sultry Days

The days are getting shorter now, but they’re plenty long, and the continuing pattern of afternoon showers is keeping everything damp. (more)