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Shira Friedman
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  • Easton, CT
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Shira Friedman commented on John F. Houpt II, PhD's blog post 'Recycle discarded produce to make low cost compost and reduce the waste stream.'
"There is also something similar in the Washington D.C. area which does pick up from restaurants I believe... http://compostcab.com/"
Apr 9, 2012
Shira Friedman commented on Shira Friedman's blog post 'say it isn't so!'
"Thanks Caroline - I updated my regular blog, but forgot to update here!"
Jan 30, 2012
Caroline Malcolm commented on Shira Friedman's blog post 'say it isn't so!'
"Update!!  " The National Wildlife Federation has worked together with ScottsMiracle-Gro over the past two years on programs to educate gardeners about global warming, connect children to the outdoors and help restore habitat following the…"
Jan 30, 2012
Shira Friedman commented on Will Atkinson's blog post 'Promise'
"I love Baker Creek.  We're fortunate last year they purchased Comstock, Ferre here in CT, so I can run in and grab stuff whenever, and not have to wait for it to come in the mail!"
Jan 30, 2012
Shira Friedman commented on Torry's blog post 'New Hardiness Zones for 2012'
"Yes - by half a zone, now I'm just that much closer to pretending that a zone 7 plant can survive here :)"
Jan 26, 2012
Shira Friedman posted a blog post

say it isn't so!

Disheartening news for nature lovers everywhere, the National Wildlife Federation has announced a new partnership with Scotts-Miracle Gro.  Huh? Did we fast forward through the winter and today is April Fool's Day?So the organization that has created initiatives like "Be Out There" which encourages families to spend more time outside, has taken money from one of the largest pesticide and chemical…See More
Jan 25, 2012
Shira Friedman replied to MONICA OSBORN's discussion 'Composting disconnect'
"Monica, I hate to burst your bubble, but six weeks is not long enough to make compost... its a slow process.  There are much larger compost bins available, but they can also be expensive.   Most people are not "filling their bin"…"
Jan 23, 2012
Shira Friedman commented on Norman Saunderson's blog post 'Better late than never'
"Norm, It definitely does not sound like the "blight" (what I'm guessing you are referring to is "late blight" or phytopthora infestans)  It sounds a heck of a lot more like blossom end rot, which is a nutrient…"
Oct 26, 2011
Marianne Smith replied to Shira Friedman's discussion 'blogger support' in the group Garden Bloggers
"Hey Shira! I checked out your blog last night and really enjoyed the posts."
Sep 18, 2011
northamerica replied to Shira Friedman's discussion 'blogger support' in the group Garden Bloggers
"Same here Shara, and it wrecked my garden as well. :("
Sep 5, 2011
Shira Friedman replied to Shira Friedman's discussion 'blogger support' in the group Garden Bloggers
"Thanks so much for your reply... sorry it's taken me so long to respond, but Hurricane Irene threw my life into chaos last week!"
Sep 5, 2011
northamerica replied to Shira Friedman's discussion 'blogger support' in the group Garden Bloggers
"Shira   The great thing about blogging is that you can take it as far as you like and learn at your own pace.   In the coming months you will have lots of decisions to make regarding blogging.   If you decide that you want to write…"
Aug 29, 2011
Shira Friedman commented on Shira Friedman's blog post 'Organic or not, which do you choose?'
"I have, and I'm definitely a fan.  For  me personally, in my own veg garden I grow everything organically.  I thought this was an interesting topic to discuss however, even though the results of this study in no way change what I…"
Aug 23, 2011
Melanie Baltzer commented on Shira Friedman's blog post 'Organic or not, which do you choose?'
"Have you read anything by Elliot Coleman? He is an organic farmer in maine who grows and sells produce year round (yes in the winter too). He practices what he calls "Deep Organic". No sprays needed."
Aug 23, 2011
Shira Friedman posted a blog post

Organic or not, which do you choose?

 Do you buy organic produce?  If you don't because of the cost, do you worry about what the effects might be?  What if organic produce isn't all it's cracked up to be? Would you still buy it? The question of what constitutes healthy, safe food is something I've been thinking about for over 20 years. Back in 1989 I was a freshman in college. Young and impressionable, a new friend suggested I read "…See More
Aug 21, 2011
Shira Friedman added a discussion to the group Garden Bloggers
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blogger support

I'm in the process of trying to grow my blog from something that I feel is pretty amateurish into something more professional to support my recently growing readership.  I'd love to have meaningful discussions/constructive criticism from anyone in the group.  Let's learn from each other!  See More
Aug 19, 2011

Profile Information

What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
Horticulture school grad, at home with the kids. Cultivating 3 acres in suburbia.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Arugula pesto with lentil and parsnip ravioli
Currently reading:
And I shall have some peace there by Margaret Roach
Currently listening to:
Fitz and the Tantrums
My latest DIY project:
French macarons
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
through farm aid website
Web site I recommend:
http://inmygardencountryedition.wordpress.com/

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say it isn't so!

Disheartening news for nature lovers everywhere, the National Wildlife Federation has announced a new partnership with Scotts-Miracle Gro.  Huh? Did we fast forward through the winter and today is April Fool's Day?

So the organization that has created initiatives like "Be Out There" which encourages families to spend more time outside, has taken money from one of the largest pesticide and…

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Posted on January 25, 2012 at 3:53pm — 2 Comments

Organic or not, which do you choose?

 

Do you buy organic produce?  If you don't because of the cost, do you worry about what the effects might be?  What if organic produce isn't all it's cracked up to be? Would you still buy it? The question of what constitutes healthy, safe food is something I've been thinking about for over 20 years.

 

Back in 1989 I was a freshman in college. Young and impressionable, a new friend suggested I read "…

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Posted on August 21, 2011 at 9:13pm — 3 Comments

Just when I thought it was over, there are more cucumbers...

 

My how things can change in just a short amount of time, from this....

 

 

 

to this....

 

 

I think anyone who has a vegetable garden suffers from the…

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Posted on August 17, 2011 at 10:04am — 3 Comments

Tomato crises on the rise?

 

Seems that way for me at least... hardly a day goes by that I'm not getting an email, phone call, or facebook message about tomatoes.  They're not ripening, the blooms are fading, my leaves have spots, etc.

 

So in an effort to address everyone's questions at once.. (not that I don't love hearing from you all)

 

No, I do not have any ripe tomatoes yet, but that's here in zone 6a Connecticut.  On average here in the northeast things are running behind by a…

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Posted on July 27, 2011 at 2:05pm

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