Green Living: Fall Planting

This column is a seasonal round-up of ways to keep digging through the fall and beyond.

For entry-level basil and tomato gardeners, the natural withering and fading seem like Nature’s way of saying, “Hang up the trowel, it’s over.”

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Consistently cool Fall days are the best time of year for planting perennials and trees, not to mention the right time for spring flower bulbs and garlic.

Whether you plant a tree, a shrub, some bulbs, a row of garlic, or even just a pot of mums, fall is all about putting energy back into the garden after the summer harvest.

A time to plant, a time to reap
—The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes

Green Living: Gardening and Farmer’s Markets

My column this week is a round-up of Northern New Jersey early summer garden harvests.

I enjoyed writing it because it gave me a chance to reach out to local gardener friends and ask, “What are you eating from the garden this week?”

My hope is to inspire new gardeners to get growing.

For those readers without the time, space or inclination to garden, I promoted our area’s newest CSA and our town’s Farmer’s Market.

Read my column.

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.
— Michael Pollan

Ripple Effect: New CSA Breaks Ground

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new CSA starting up in my county. I was happy to support this new not-for-profit venture that connects New Jersey farmers with families near me.

Today was the first pick-up day. I spent a few minutes talking with co-founder Jackie Lowe. She told me that membership enrollments for the CSA took off after my article was posted on both the West Orange and Livingston Patch sites.

Hearing that made my day.

I wrote the article because I was interested in the topic and thought my readers might be as well.

I’m delighted that my work made a ripple to help the West Essex CSA get started and off to a great season.

Read my column.

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

—Scott Adams