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  • The gleaners. || Yesterday, our land served as the location for a foraging class led by wild foods expert Alan Muskat. So many edibles here, constantly changing with the seasons.
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  • When dinner is served al fresco on the patio, at sunset, in a watermelon bowl, then my heart smiles. || Egg noodles, NC shrimp and pea shoot-arugula-basil pesto topped with nasturtium leaves, sage flowers, and chive blossoms. Nearly summertime and the living is easy.
  • When your afternoon involves chilling inside the Asheville Salt Cave with 7 of your nearest and dearest and your collective 4 kiddos, and your night involves celebrating one of their birthday's with a fajita feast and @glennbenglish's phenomenal spring sangria (with watermelon and strawberries and honeysuckle blooms that I picked), then you know that today has been an extraordinarily good day.
  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • Here's what I did today: hopped in the car, drove about a mile over to Hominy Valley Organic Farm, and got down to strawberry-picking business. I filled a flat for $18 (at $3/pound). If you live in the area and are looking for delicious, organic, U-pick strawberries, come see Farmer Tom Monday-Friday after 2 pm. Tell him I sent ya! Now, on to jam, and Popsicles, and pie, and galette, and pickled strawberries, and more! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
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  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
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Bombs Away

If you live in an urban area, you no doubt are aware of at least one abandoned lot, 4-way intersection, or overgrown slope that could use a bit of sprucing up. The cheap, easy, and covert solution? Seed bombs. With a minimum expenditure of effort on your part, you can literally plant the seeds to change the landscape of your stomping grounds. 


Building the Bomb
The Materials:
-Biodegradable bags (such as pet waste bags)
-Potting soil (plan on using about 3/4c. per seed bomb)
-Cosmos, California poppy, or black-eyed Susan seeds

The Deal:
-Mix soil and seeds together in a mixing bowl (the soil should be slightly damp); set aside.
-Cut a 1″ wide strip of the bag (lay a bag flat and cut 1″ off of the entire length of one side); set aside.
-Lay the remainder of the bag open and scoop about a golf-ball sized amount of the seed/soil mixture into the center. 
-Pull all 4 corners of the bag up and twist into a pouch. Use the reserved strip of bag as a twist tie and secure at the top. 
-Wait about a week for the seeds to begin growing and then, bomb’s away! 

I am entirely indebted to the current issue of OrganicGardening magazine for this idea. Great publication. And you can find the book at the top here.
 
*Small Measure: Sow the seeds you want to see in the world. I’m borrowing a bit liberally from Ghandi here, but I think he would approve. If you see something that needs to be done, hop to it! 

*Image by Treehugger.com

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