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Bullets and Butterflies: A Blog by Weldon Burge
March 14, 2011
You may be wondering why this blog is called "Bullets and Butterflies." Simple, really. While my fiction tends to be on the dark side, primarily horror and suspense (bullets), I also write a good deal of nonfiction, particularly on the subject of gardening (butterflies). Although I focus more on fiction writing in this blog, I will often discuss garden writing as well.
I've enjoyed writing for Gardening How-To for many years now, and fully appreciate Amy Sitze and her editorial staff. My latest article, "Unusual Salad Greens," is in the current issue. "Fresh garden salad means much more than just lettuce or spinach these days. Why limit yourself, especially when less-familiar greens such as claytonia, orach, corn salad, and cress are so easy to grow in your home garden?" I also described other greens such as purslane, mustard greens, arugula, upland cress, watercress, endive, escarole, and a few others. The graphics staff at Gardening How-To provided excellent photos to illustrate the article content. Bravo!
When I write articles like this, my intent is to teach gardeners to experiment with different varieties, different techniques, and new strategies to improve their gardening experience. I especially love to teach folks how to grow crops they generally can't find at the local produce market.
May 8, 2010
The May/June issue of Gardening How-To magazine contains my article, "Up, Up and Away," about vertical vegetable gardening. This makes two consecutive issues containing my material, and this time I received top billing on the cover. Way cool! Once again, the editor, Amy Sitze, and her staff have done a superb job formatting and illustrating the article. (See my earlier blog, Gardening How-To: Colorful Cauliflower.)
Here is a short online sidebar, Grow Up!, that provides a list of some of the varieties I recommend for growing on trellises.
I've been growing vegetables vertically for years, but, as I wrote this article for Gardening How-To, I decided to totally maximize my garden this year. I've added vertical structures to three of my six raised beds (two already had fencing). This growing season, I'll be trying a number of varieties I've never grown before, so this is something of an experiment for me. But, hey, that's half the fun of gardening. (The other half, of course, is eating the fresh veggies!)
Here are some pictures from the garden, earlier this season.
I'll post more photos in the coming months as the garden begins to fill and produce. In the meantime, I'd love to hear from other gardeners who have had great success at vertical gardening. Share with us!
March 10, 2010
The March/April issue of Gardening How-To magazine contains my article, "Colorful Cauliflower." I've written for the magazine many times over the past five years or so, and the editor, Amy Sitze, and her staff are superb and a joy to work with. This time, they outdid themeselves! The graphics and photos accompanying the article are beautiful and perfectly complement what I've written. I particularly like the photo of various colored heads of cauliflower arranged almost like something you'd see in a flower market. Wow! Cauliflower never looked so good!
Here is a short online sidebar, The Origin of Orange Cauliflower, that I wrote for the article.
If you don't already subscribe to Gardening How-To ... well, you should. Simply join the National Home Gardening Club, and you'll not only receive a subscription but a wide range of other services--including access to the forums and archives. Well worth the membership dues.
February 23, 2010
For the past year or so, my employer, Independent School Management, has supported wellness initiatives for employees. With this in mind, I proposed starting a small but highly productive vegetable garden that ISM employees would maintain and harvest, an ISM "community garden" on the company's grounds. Here is a synopsis of my proposal to the company CEO.
September 24, 2009
I attended a two-hour workshop about edible landscaping last week, sponsored by the Delaware Cooperative Extension. Although I'm fairly knowledgeable on the topic and have read many of Rosalind Creasy's books (including the hugely resourceful The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping), I was hoping for specific info concerning native plants and "edibles" suitable for my home state of Delaware. I wasn't disappointed! After hearing about the Paw Paw, a unique and native fruit, I'd love to plant it if only I had the space!
September 1, 2009
I just received my 2010 copy of The Almanac for Farmers & City Folk. I've been writing for the annual publication for the past five years, and I'm pleased that the Editor, Lucas McFadden, and the Executive Editor, Thomas Alexander, selected six of my articles for this edition:
Of course, the issue includes 14-month weather forecasts, fishing and planting tables, nostalgia, cooking tips, the zodiac, bizarre stories--the usual fun stuff you find in almanacs!
Keep an eye out for a copy at newsstands and book stores in the coming month or so! You can also order a copy here.