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Holly Rossi
I'm a writer who wants to write.
Interests: inspiration, spirituality, religion, food, cooking, gardening, health
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Peach blossoms, hyacinths, and daffs. Yep, the sun is shining. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Sparks in the Soil
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What a swing - it was in the low '80s late last week, and now they're predicting a hard frost tonight with lows in the '20s! Growers across New England is worried about their crops, especially on fruit trees that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Sparks in the Soil
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Re-mulching the fruit trees, and workin' the land.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Sparks in the Soil
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Oh, and I never did post these other-worldly bizzare beauties that came out of last year's garden! Better late than never.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Sparks in the Soil
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With this mild winter almost over, it's a great year to get an early start on the garden! New this year: A grow house for a modest seed-starting experiment. And some arrugula seeds that are cooperating (a single kale, spinach,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Sparks in the Soil
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My garden never ceases to blow me away. Almost the hot second that I pushed "publish" on my post lamenting my tall, healthy, but flower-less sugar snap pea plants, what should I see sprinkled all over the top foot or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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This morning my neighbors sprayed their trees for winter moth. The spray is "non-toxic," so says the company and some mild Internet research. It's water-soluble as well. But...it's bug spray, and the tree hovers right over my vegetable patch (which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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By "bald" I mean that my sugar snap pea plants are almost 3 feet tall, healthy and strong, yet are sporting not one single flower. Some initial research suggests this might be due to a potassium deficiency in the soil,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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Posted May 12, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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Two bits of "second chance" inspiration in the garden - First, the cloned New Dawn roses that we started in our condo before we moved here almost 2 (!) years ago are springing to life beautifully....all 4 of them! We... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
Ok, so I'm officially terrified that the 3-foot chicken wire that surrounds our raised beds is woefully inadequate.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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Growing parsnips is a one-year project - sow the seeds in early spring, heavily straw-mulch the green shoots when they emerge, leave them alone over the winter, and dig them out the next spring. Exposing the plants to winter cold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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Hello, my verdant old friend. My rods and cones have been starved for you! But now you're finally roaring back, in the cover crop that's fixing nitrogen in my soil, the rosemary that hopefully will green back to life... ...the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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So here's where things stand in our garden. Spring is, slowly, springing... Despite an impossibly snowy winter... With snow drifts so high, the neighborhood bunnies were empowered to, um, "prune" our fruit trees for us... But the snow also gave... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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Friends, I can't tell you how happy I am to be writing again in this space. Happy, but overwhelmed, both with all that's happened since my last post back in August, and with the complete transformation my life has taken... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at Sparks in the Soil
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I just love how a trip out to the garden brought out three different foods that are so uniformly shaped, I could juggle them! (If I could juggle....) Have you signed up for my feed yet? It's easy - just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
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Last spring, we excitedly broke our "never order plants from catalogs" rule and got this "Vanilla-Strawberry Hydrangea" from the Jung seed company. We put it in the ground in its stick state: We watched as it leafed out: And could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
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There's something so clean and magical about the first summer fruits of a vegetable garden. The plants haven't yet gone all beautifully wild and woolly, they're still roughly in the spots where we dug them in. And the yield isn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
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Friends, I'm excited to share with you that I've recently launched a new writing gig--I'm the Dairy-Free Food writer for Boston's Examiner.com! I'll be writing 2-3 times a week with tips, advice, products, recipes, and information for those of you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
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I've been away from this blog for awhile, for reasons both good and bad (yes, the list is really this dramatic: a job change, major health news, and a bona fide natural disaster). But though there is much to discuss... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
"Where did you come from? From a putrid drop. Where you are going--to a place of dust, maggots and worms....." An uplifting piece of scripture, no? Um...no. This is a quote from the Pirkei Avot, the classical ethics text of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
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Craig Goodwin's story has so many layers of inspiration, I hardly know where to begin. He's a family man who worked with his wife and two daughters to create a year of completely local food and product consumption (rewarded with... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
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I just shared my new practice of circumambulating (taking a meditative, mindful walk around) my house each day as a way of enjoying the big picture of my garden's first year of growth. Now, a photo journey through what today's... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
We gardeners are generally a contemplative bunch--patient enough to experiment with different groupings of plants, different locations, different varieties. We're prepared for failure and pretty well versed in how to learn from it. We can get blissfully lost in yanking... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil
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Our dwarf fruit tree orchard is cooking along, I'm happy to say, and now that we've settled the trees into their new homes and tucked them in with a chunky mulch blanket, they seem to be putting down roots (final... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Sparks in the Soil