Terrace Garden Reconstruction
By Joe Cowan
Director of Operations
It has been a cold and windy winter here in Maine with only a little bit of snow so far. Back in August we decided to contract a local landscaping company to help us restore and optimize the existing terrace gardens on our property. Gnome Landscape, Design, Masonry, and Maintenance out of Falmouth, Maine has been gracious enough to add us onto their schedule and work through the cold to have our garden beds, 28 in all, ready for planting this coming spring/summer. Over the years, the frog pond on the side of the hill had washed down into the gardens and ruined most of the walls. With the debris piling up and weeds, the area was almost unrecognizable as a garden when we first arrived. With one summer under our belt and some help from professionals, we should have a sunny and beautiful garden bed by later this year.
We are optimistic about this coming planting season. Our seeds are from High Mowing Organic seeds and Turtle Tree seeds, and we have a few projects to complete prior to starting to work on seedlings. We have a solarium attached to our house with lots of sun, so we should be ready to go by the time the sap starts to run. Some other interesting other projects we are looking forward to this year are beekeeping, raising chickens, and diving further into the world of preserving and keeping food from our harvest.
It’s easy to get stuck in a food rut. We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. I remember a time when I existed solely on loaded potatoes, cheddar cheese and coleslaw. This was my go-to dish almost every day for about a year. I loved it. I could probably still eat it today. But there comes a time when we move on from childhood comfort foods and discover other culinary delights. I have a ‘gut’ feeling stuffed cabbage rolls could become one of my favorite go-to meals, and maybe yours too.
What would you think if I told you I use it as pizza sauce, smothered on grilled ham and cheese, as an omelette filling, in cocktails and with Hors D’oeuvres? Whether it’s strawberry, blueberry, fig, apricot or other fruits, this scrumptious spread compliments many delicious dishes. And the best thing about it is, when preserved using the water bath (WB) canning method, you can enjoy this tasty treat all year round.
Since the writings of Democritus in ancient Greece about 2,500 years ago, humanity has grown more and more accustomed to thinking in purely material terms. Increasingly, in normal conversation, we refer to actions, thoughts, and feelings that we have as being caused by certain chemicals found in our bodies. We often hear people say that oxytocin causes them to feel close to another person, or that “my hormones” are off or raging or low, as explanations for certain behaviors. We claim that diseases such as “bipolar disorder” are caused by a chemical imbalance in our blood.