I just got back from the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Although I learned many exciting things, one theme emerged consistently—soil, soil, soil. Without healthy soil, we cannot have healthy plants. Here are a few tips for nurturing rich, resilient soil in your garden.
Typically, I write a lot about preserving foods in jars—canning. Well, there are a lot of different ways to preserve foods. An often, but not thought of, easy, and convenient (if you have space) way to preserve a lot of types of foods is in the freezer.
Help, please. I’ve written about Ball Stores before, but I’m writing again to ask for your help. Please share your stories of Ball Stores for both a book and an exhibit. Did you or a family member work there? Was visiting Santa a yearly tradition? Do you have a particularly vivid memory of a shopping experience? Here are two memories that Hope Barnes shared in her December 12, 1989 article in the Muncie Star:
When Phil Ball, of the “original” Ball family, passed away on February 4, 2016, Minnetrista lost another good friend. He and his wife Esther, who died in January 2015, donated money to the Annual Campaign and Endowment Fund, and artifacts to the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. More than that, though, they gave of themselves.
I have written several articles about different plant diseases and pests that the horticulture team has dealt with at Minnetrista. I like sharing what choices we make to combat various plant issues for those of you that might be dealing with the same issue in your own garden—or at least give you a heads up on what might be coming your way.
As we are looking to the future for our food preservation programming at Minnetrista, there are many questions that we have about what you, our visitors, would be interested in. With this blog I’m asking for your feedback. Tell me what you think about our current programs (if you are familiar with them), and what you’d like to see in future programming.
Minnetrista lost a dear friend when Bill Mann passed away on New Year’s Day. Bill was a Minnetrista fixture from the time he became property manager to the most recent Farmers Market days. He greeted everyone with a wide smile, a firm handshake, and often, a big bear hug.
Earlier in the fall some of my favorite pine trees on Minnetrista’s campus started catching my eye, and not in a good way. The low growing sprawling pine is Hillside Creeper Scotch Pine. It is featured in our Bird and Butterfly Garden and they were covered in white all along many of their needles.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope this year started well and continues that way for all. The new year is a time when many are looking to improve. Perhaps one of the items on some peoples’ list of changes for this coming year is to eat more fresh and local foods. In the winter, this can be a bit difficult and daunting since there are not many items that can be grown in the winter months around here.
Ed and Virginia Ball sent beautiful, uniquely designed Christmas cards to family, friends and acquaintances. Some featured their family while others documented places they traveled, events in their lives, and the people they knew.