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Podcast #259 – R.I.P. Summertime

This week we closed the stack window in the ceiling of our little home in the barn. In doing so, we switched from working to stay cool to working to stay warm, and we marked the unofficial end to another summer in Alabama. (more)

Podcast #258 – Grandmere’s Neglected Garden

Amanda didn’t hesitate when our son Joe and daughter-in-law Michelle invited her to fly to CA to take care of our grandsons so they could enjoy a weekend getaway. Yes, flying 2,000 miles there and 2,000 miles back to serve as a babysitter for three days is wildly extravagant, but that’s sort of what grandmothers do. (more)

Podcast #257 – Tiny Houses

When we moved to the farm, we thought the little home we fashioned for ourselves in the barn was small. At 600 square feet, our apartment was about 1/4 the size of the suburban home we had left behind. (more)

Podcast #256 – In Praise of Persimmons

Nearly every kid growing up in the South has at some point been offered a common persimmon, a small orange fruit that looks like it would be tasty but is in fact so astringent it will turn your mouth inside out. So when Amanda and I heard that people were growing persimmons in the South, we smiled ruefully and said no thank you. (more)

Podcast #255 – Can We Make Our Farm Less Oily?

Gas prices seem low, and by recent standards they are. Unfortunately, we don’t read that as good news. (more)

Podcast #254 – Chickens: the Good, the Bad, and the (Still) Unknown

Our first experience with chickens has taught us much about their behavior and needs, and that’s a good thing. It has also sharpened our focus on how many we want to keep and how we want to bring them along. (more)

No Podcast This Week

The Longleaf Breeze Podcast is taking the week off and will return September 18 with a new program. Thanks for your understanding.

Podcast #253 – Summer Sprints to the Finish Line

Our normal expectation about the end of the summer is a bunch of fired up tomatoes, squash consumed by squash bugs and squash vine borers, and a resolve to get the beds cleaned out so we can plant for fall. This year, we’re getting a surprising – and gratifying – spurt of production. (more)

Podcast #252 – When to Hire Help? DIY?

As transplanted suburbanites, we’re still figuring out what tasks we should hire professionals to help us do and which ones we should do ourselves. (more)

Podcast #251 – 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)