Category: Environment

The Irony of Food Pricing

The Irony of Food Pricing

| February 25, 2015 | 12 Replies

* This post has been reprinted on HoneyColony.com While shopping at Whole Foods this past week, I was struck (again) by the irony of food pricing. As I have recently given up modern wheat and most gluten, I have stepped up buying raw nuts. In 2007, the government issued a law that said all almonds […]

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Some Thoughts at the End of the Year

Some Thoughts at the End of the Year

| December 31, 2014 | 10 Replies

Some thoughts at the end of the year, and how technology has changed my life. ~ My first conscious thought this morning, after the initial recognition that the wind was blowing and I hate wind (unless I’m in Hawaii), was, Walker is never going to live at home again. I had woken at 5:30AM, and […]

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Make the Most of the Rain Event, Plant!

Make the Most of the Rain Event, Plant!

| December 2, 2014 | 4 Replies

Make the most of the rain event, plant! I’d been rather ashamed that I hadn’t planted anything for a fall/winter garden. The wonderful garlic I harvested in June still sat in my kitchen, and, many packets of seeds waited, neatly filed in a box. I had made all manner of excuses, but the long and short of […]

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Nature Walk – Name that Fungus!

Nature Walk – Name that Fungus!

| November 29, 2014 | 2 Replies

Nature Walk – Name that Fungus! If you’ve been following “Late Bloomer” the last couple of weeks, you know I have fungi on the brain! (See my article “Fungi for Thanksgiving!”) I’m drinking mushroom tea, eating mushrooms, I ordered mushroom immune defense supplements, and I even tried to get a grocer at my market to give […]

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Loveliness After the Rain & More on our Water Woes

Loveliness After the Rain & More on our Water Woes

| November 14, 2014 | 2 Replies

Loveliness After the Rain & More on our Water Woes. Last night’s light shower was nothing more than a blip on the radar of California’s vastly reduced water supply due to four straight years of drought. Still, the sight of dripping flowers in the morning light cheered me. I attended a Sierra Club Angeles Chapter water forum last night […]

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Halloween Brings a Treat, Rain!

Halloween Brings a Treat, Rain!

| November 1, 2014 | 2 Replies

Halloween brings a treat, rain! As if scripted in a Hollywood movie, trick-or-treaters young and old were safely snug in their beds before the skies opened up around midnight in Los Angeles County. Northern and Central California got more than the Southland. Los Angeles Times online reported,”The weather service said rainfall totals were less than a […]

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Bonnie is so Bonny: No Neonics!

Bonnie is so Bonny: No Neonics!

| September 9, 2014 | 8 Replies

Bonnie is so bonny: No Neonics! When you go to a nursery to buy plants, do you ever imagine what goes into the effort of getting those plants on the shelves? Last March, I found out when I visited a Bonnie Plants regional nursery. On a cold, grey, snow-threatening day, my brother and sister-in-law were showing my […]

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Sprouting Seeds Simply

Sprouting Seeds Simply

| June 26, 2014 | 2 Replies

Sprouting seeds simply was the only way I knew I’d ever get into sprouting seeds. I walked into my local nursery last week for garden amendments and spotted a new display near the rack of Botanical Interests seeds. They have just added a Seed Sprouter to their product line. I stopped to look, and might have […]

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Heeding My Own Advice on Reading Labels

Heeding My Own Advice on Reading Labels

| May 5, 2014 | 4 Replies

Heeding my own advice on reading labels is what I did this morning. I stopped into the market closest to my house out of convenience (my regular natural foods market is a few miles away). I just needed a couple of items, and they carry a few organic foods (overpriced). But this post is not about food. […]

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Living Sustainably in Tennessee

Living Sustainably in Tennessee

| April 18, 2014 | Reply

“Living Sustainably in Tennessee” is the new episode from “Late Bloomer.” On a trip home to Tennessee in March, I drove to East Tennessee to visit a Century Farm and interview fifth generation owner Mary and husband Scott, now retired from the corporate life and living the sustainable life. They were kind enough to share […]

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