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How-To: Compost Tea Edition

How-To: Compost Tea Edition

August 07, 2020

Almost all plants require the addition of nutrients, unless they have particularly long roots that are capable of mining the soil for all their nutritional needs. Giving plants extra food is essential for cultivated plants that are not in their natural environments. Ashitaba is one of those plants. Native to the Japanese Pacific Coast, ashitaba is out of its element in Maine or just about anywhere else in the United States.

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The Secret Raspberry Patch Comes Out from Hiding

The Secret Raspberry Patch Comes Out from Hiding

August 04, 2020

In the next phase of creating our garden, we turn our eye toward slightly longer-term investments. Fruit trees and berry bushes, when planted from rootstock or containers, require at least a year of root setting and growth to bear fruit. Even if they are sold from the nursery with fruit coming in, those should be plucked off at the bud to help the plant put more energy into its roots. 

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Turn Off the TV (Part II) and Make Sauerkraut

Turn Off the TV (Part II) and Make Sauerkraut

July 27, 2020

If you look around your local farmers market, you will almost certainly see large heads of cabbage. If your favorite organic farm doesn’t already sell them, buy whatever medley of root vegetables they have, and use those instead. Homemade sauerkraut, kimchi or fermented root vegetables are a treat, and with refrigeration can last well into fall and beyond.

For this project, a special piece of equipment that I use, and you should as well, comes in very handy: a fermentation crock. 

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If Installing a Big Garden Is Too Much, Start With a Patch of Herbs

If Installing a Big Garden Is Too Much, Start With a Patch of Herbs

July 21, 2020

One of the first things to be finished in our garden will be our herb and rose garden. Created from the existing rock garden beds surrounding our patio, it will have sage, thyme, rosemary, summer savory, oregano — to name just a few herbs — as well as five large rose bushes.  The beautiful pink and yellow lilies will remain. We got a good start on it this past weekend, unperturbed by the requirement to dig up some old shrubs and their roots.

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Polenta

Polenta

July 14, 2020

Polenta is a very finely milled powder of Flint corn which is harder and grittier than Dent corn. Ubiquitous with American Southern cooking it originates in South and Central America and has become popular all over the globe particularly in Italian cuisine, much like the tomato. Corn, which comes in more varieties than one can count, can be used for many different purposes and applications.

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Ancient Grains

Ancient Grains

July 07, 2020

For many of us, our relationship to food is a never ending journey. Sometimes to move forward one finds themselves looking back. For bread and specifically the grains used to make it I find that the best results are indeed found in reflection. It is sometimes true that modern ingenuity has value for us, but that is usually only when paired with ancient wisdom. For grains, that wisdom is in the ancient varieties that have been grown for thousands of years.    

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Manifesting a Vision Means Clearing What Doesn’t Serve

Manifesting a Vision Means Clearing What Doesn’t Serve

June 24, 2020

The first step for us in creating this new garden is born of necessity: In a word, that step is clearing. That means trimming, cutting, pruning, mowing, and sawing all the overgrown limbs and weeds.  Thanks to at least a half dozen trips to our local hardware store, we have been delighted to find affordable battery- and muscle-powered tools. The hand tools, including a wrought iron broad fork and other copper-forged tools, are humbling. Their use requires a level of efficiency I am learning rapidly.

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A New Place to Further Our Commitment to Organic Gardening

A New Place to Further Our Commitment to Organic Gardening

June 15, 2020

During this time of relative uncertainty, we have decided to renew our commitment to gardening. Dr. Cowan’s Garden was originally a place, located in Napa Valley on a plot of land generously donated by a friend. It embodied our ideals and was a sanctuary for growth and learning.

The garden was our muse for new product offerings and for improving existing ones. The garden kept our ambitions grounded to certain fundamentals, as the practice of gardening can be challenging.

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How Oxalates in Plants Prove It’s All About the Dose

How Oxalates in Plants Prove It’s All About the Dose

June 02, 2020

In old English, “Physic” connotes “healing” or perhaps “medicine.”  An ancient principle is that the dose of any substance will determine whether it is a poison or a medicine for the human being.  It is the fundamental principle of homeopathy, a system of medicine that starts with poison and turns it into medicine by changing the dose and the form.  This principle is also key for many people in coming to a healing diet for themselves. 

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Getting Started with Sourdough Bread Part 2

Getting Started with Sourdough Bread Part 2

April 28, 2020

Now that you know how to create your own sourdough starter, it’s time to make your first loaf of bread. Make sure your starter has been “fed” consistently for at least a few days beforehand. You will also need some sort of baking vessel, such as a combo cooker or a Dutch oven; a large bowl; bench knife or dough scraper; and a razor for scoring. Once you are ready to begin, make a rough bake plan, either written down or just in your head.

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Getting Started With Sourdough Bread Part 1

Getting Started With Sourdough Bread Part 1

April 21, 2020

During this Season of Quarantine, people are discovering and devouring bread baking Is it because carbs are comforting? Or because baking takes time and presence and is, therefore, a welcome distraction from the news? Whatever the reason, the trend is clear: Flour and yeast sales have risen 647 percent, according to the Business Insider; sourdough Facebook groups and Instagram photos proliferate

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You Help Us Support Small Organic Growers

You Help Us Support Small Organic Growers

April 13, 2020

From the beginning of Dr. Cowan's Garden four years ago, we wanted to establish close relationships with organic and Biodynamic farms. Additionally, we have had a vision of sustainable farming that could be realized only by thinking “local” and “small.”

To that end, as we shared in March, we helped Redrange Farm in Pennsylvania achieve Demeter certification. 

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