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Entries from October 2007

End of the Season for Squash and Tomatoes – Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Today I took out the last of the squash and tomatoes. It was a good year for both of these veggies. The squash plants grew out of the compost pile and the tomatoes didn’t have any problems whatsoever. Perfect year. Then again, it is only my first year on this property. [...]

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Tags: Vegetables

New CSA Farm in Nassau County! – Plainview/Old Bethpage

October 31st, 2007 · 2 Comments

I remember as a kid growing up in Plainview, our class would go on field trips to The Old Bethpage Village Restoration.  The transition from a suburban neighborhood to urban pastimes of mid 19th century is mind blowing.  It’s like a dreamland.  Funny thing is I was thinking about that area the other day for [...]

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Tags: Long Island

Craigslist – A Long Island Gardener’s Resource

October 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I had just moved to my house and needed gardening tools.  So where did I go? Craigslist.
I found a gentleman moving from Long Island to Florida who was looking to get rid of all his gardening equipment. Perfect deal.  I got a nice set of tools (spades, hoe, and other hand tools), a lawnmower, and [...]

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One Way To Cook Squash – Crusty Caramelization

October 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Our squash jungle that had grown straight out of the compost pile produced a hefty amount of squash. Some I can recognize and some I am not sure about. One in particular was like a spaghetti squash but has a spotted green outside. Anyway, it’s quite hardy, not as hardy as a [...]

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Garlic – Getting ready to plant

October 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I was hiking in Catskill Park about a month ago, near Woodstock, up at the Overlook Mountain Fire Tower. Besides from the multiple incredible viewpoints and a 360 degree fire tower view of the eastern part of the park, we came upon ruins of a historic Historic Mountain Hotel of the 1800’s. It was [...]

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Tags: Vegetables

History Of Long Island Agriculture

October 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

After a bit of research I compiled a list of internet resources that tell the story of Long Island Agriculture.  This will be an ongoing list and will be updated as needed.  Feel free to leave a comment if you have a resource you feel needs to be added.
Newsday’s “Farming The Land of Their Dreams”
Newsday’s [...]

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Damn Cabbage Worms!

October 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, I noticed little holes in my brussel sprout plants and then cabbage plants. They were small holes. Until one day they were not small holes anymore. So as I was perusing some garden blogs, I came a across Marks Garden Desk’s Article, Organic Gardening Techniques Don’t Always Work and [...]

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Tags: Insects

Freezing The Last Tomatoes

October 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Around the beginning of October, the tomatoes slow-ripen on the vine and stay there, nice and ripe, sitting waiting to be picked. They will sit there a good while (depending on the weather) until one day when I have some time to pick them and do something with them. Of course, if I [...]

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Tags: Recipes · Storing Techniques

The Great Outdoors of Long Island – Walks and Hikes – Nassau

October 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Every year that goes by, I find more and more great places to visit on the island. From the sandy beaches of the south shore to the the rocky beaches of the north shore, it goes without being said that Long Island displays a vast diversified lanscape. Yes, Suburbia is knocking down any open spaces [...]

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Vegetable Stock/Broth Part 1

October 19th, 2007 · 2 Comments

One of my favorite things to do is make my own stock.  I like to make all kinds of stock, but since I live with my girlfriend and her sister (whom are both vegetarian) I mostly make vegetable stock.  There is a noticable difference in flavors between a vegetable stock and a meat stock, however, [...]

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Tags: Recipes