Phil writes frequently since his stay in the Plum Pit ...
I got my huge order of your food on Monday. Already have it stored
in the basement. Anxious to make some BakeOvers. The garden is looking
up. Ive been waging war with the weeds, but the bugs and worms
arent much trouble right now. Even the rabbits and deer have
basically left it alone. This weekend I layered the walkways with
newspaper, and covered them with organic hardwood mulch (Ill
find a source for weed-free seedless straw soon). Next year Im
going to get some of that felt-like material you use as underlayment.
Ive found some good organic compost and will be applying a
thin layer on top of the rows and around the plants (they need their
Im thinking about plowing up an acre
and planting it in clover to start enriching the soil. It
could become my market garden someday.
Im sending in an application to the Ohio Ecological Food and
Farm Association. That should get me in touch with the general Ohio
organic community. They have seminars, farm tours, etc. Thought
youd like to know that I am pushing forward in every direction
My food dehydrator arrived. Im anxious to try it. And I bought
an Amish hoe; not quite as anxious to try that.
Thank you once again for that splendid week at the farm and in the
Plum Pit. Im really looking forward to improving the garden
next year. But this first garden has provided a good crop of tomatoes,
and Ive even blanched and frozen some of them for use in soup
this winter (preserving food is another first for me). Whats
more, Im going to try my food dehydrator on some tomatoes
Im going at lunch to buy bone meal to mix with my organic
compost and get my garlic in the ground. Incidentally, for a future
discussion, Im thinking about plowing up an acre and planting
it in clover to start enriching the soil. It could become my market
garden someday. Anyway, Im delighted with your good
news about the book deal with Random House. Its all I can
think about right now. What a tremendous Monday morning!
Organically yours, Phil