Sayonara, Whole Foods Market

by lilla on April 11, 2010

container gardening

Wowee – I had such a greeeeeeeeeeen weekend!

Container Gardening

First I finished setting up my container garden on my patio. I planted kale, spinach, cilantro, arugula and onions. Next week, I’m creating a little plot of wild edibles – purslane, nettles, chickweed, lamb’s quarters, miner’s lettuce, etc. Seems strange to be planting weeds on purpose – LOL.

"Green Baby Plants"

"Green Baby Plants"

Chickens Make Awesome House Pets

Then I went to a local talk on organic gardening and keeping chickens in my hometown of Montclair. I had no idea we are allowed to keep chickens! My backyard is too small, but I’m thinking of moving in a year, so chickens would be a great way to naturally fertilize the garden, eat pesky insects and even prepare garden plots when you move their pen over the area you want loosened and fertilized. Oh and don’t forget the fresh eggs! I asked about keeping goats but that’s a no-no. So there go my visions of fresh raw goat milk and cheese. :(

Foraging with Wildman Steve Brill

On Sunday, we went to a 4-hour wild foraging tour in Central Park with Wildman Steve Brill. This was INCREDIBLY informative! There is literally a salad bar all around us if we know what to look for and what to avoid.

"Wildman Bill in NYC"

"Wildman Bill in NYC"

I picked tons of greens, flowers, shoots and roots. I’ll go into that more later this week with a bunch of pics.

"Sample of my WILD salad"

"Sample of my WILD salad"

So between my container garden, my new found foraging skills and my ongoing jar sprouts, Whole Foods can keep their over-priced produce from Chile!

Haha – I’m just kidding. I still love ya, WF! Even if you are pricey, you bring a good service to the community.

HOT TIP! Don’t forget to enter the Organic Coconut Cream Concentrate Giveaway. The contest ends on April 14th and the winner will be announced on the 15th – just in time to soothe the tax bite with a little coco cream!

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  • Jessica

    Some people who lived in Montclair on Orange St. next to the historical house where the horse lives used to keep chickens – I loved walking by and seeing chickens!

  • Kali Lilla

    I always wondered about that horse. Do you suppose the owners got
    “grandfathered” so they are allowed to keep it?
    I don't see why we can't keep a goat or too. Same size as an average dog,
    yet more productive considering milk and cheese.

  • Jessica

    lol! Yes, a goat would take the place of the lawnmower, too!

  • Kali Lilla

    I didn't think of THAT! Win-win!

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