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Garden production February 24, 2009

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We’ve harvested and eaten some really good greens (spinach, read leaf lettuce, and the like) from our garden. It is great to go out and get fresh food from one’s own yard.

However, it has made me realize that to really enjoy it, I need to plant a lot more greens, all over the yard. I want to have a really good supply at all times.

Richardson, TX/Galatin Nature Preserve Bike Ride February 22, 2009

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Today I rode the Electra Townie over to the bike trail that extends from the Arapaho DART rail station up to Galatin Nature Preserve, in Richardson. Eventually, the trail along the DART track, known as the Central Expressway Trail, is supposed to extend farther south, which will be real cool.

I’m really happy to have some good bike trails so close to my house. This trail end with some nice loops through the woods up by Renner Rd. and Central. When you’re back there, it nice and peaceful. You’d hardly know you are in the middle of the suburbs. Real nice. In the summer and spring it is nice and green and shady.  They are currently building a road through part of the woods, which sucks, but it will keep Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Richardson. So I think the tradeoff will be OK, especially if they improve the trail right there.

The whole ride is posted here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bibliosk8/sets/72157614307451594/

Commuter tranformation February 21, 2009

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Just took the next step in converting my mountain bike into a commuter. Added a Topeak Explorer rack. I can use the quick release basket from my single speed mixte on it. It’s kind of a tight fit under the saddle, but no biggie. Just rode it to the grocery store and back to pick up a few things and it worked well.

However, I really appreciate the step-through frame of the mixte now. If I were putting together a new commuter, or buying one, I would absolutely get a step through frame, like those offered by Breezer. Much easier to get on and off a fully loaded bike if you don’t have to lift one leg over the basket.

Greens February 20, 2009

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Greens from our square foot garden. Spinach and red leaf lettuce. Good stuff, and plenty more out there.

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Back on the bike and preparing for Spring garden February 13, 2009

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After quite few weeks of bad weather, meetings, cold mornings, sickness, etc, I finally got back on the bike commute this morning. Felt great. Time to melt away the winter fat. Rode the Townie today. Will ride the Giant ATX 750 tomorrow, or maybe the single speed Centurion mixte.

On the garden front, we had the ugly, sick, and poorly-placed hackberry tree removed from our backyard. This will afford us both more space and more sunlight for growing vegetables. The tree didn’t provide shade to the house at all, so once we get some nice big bushes there for the birds, it won’t look quite so naked back there.

Looking forward to the greening of the backyard. Need to get everything geared up!

Finally, I found this really cool story about sustainable economies on the Civil Eats blog.

Broccoli seedlings February 6, 2009

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Broccoli seedlings

In additions to these broccoli plants, I’ve also started some spinach, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, ocra,and chard. By the time these are ready to transplant, the weather should be pretty nice.

Gardening is punk. There’s nothing quite as DIY as growing your own food.

Saving Seeds February 2, 2009

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Good article on saving seeds for your garden. Click here.

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