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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


ALL PHOTOS courtesy of Adam Alexander, all rights reserved.

Just in time for your continued planning, plotting, and planting in order to grow the earliest and the latest and the biggest and the longest producing and the best tasting of the summer vegetable and fruit bounty, this week Cultivating Place returns to our intermittent series on seeds in conversation with Adam Alexander, author of The Seed Detective, Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables. 


This conversation, and gardening human, goes to show – once again – that all of life (and the histories of humans with their plants in their places) can be found in the garden if we’re looking.


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JOIN US again next week, when remain international, this time in Australia, where as they are entering their winter, we’re in conversation with Kristen Bradley of the well-known Milkwood Permaculture endeavor. Their Milkwood Permaculture Living Handbook, is another perfect resource for our summing, plotting, planning, and planting. That’s next week, right here, listen in.



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Thinking out loud this week:

The early summer flower and veg garden is so full of hope and promise isn’t it? It’s such a time of looking forward, which I love. Who knows how the tomatoes and cucumbers and green beans and zucchini will produce, but from here – it all visions of summer salads and barbeques and garden glory.

What are you looking forward to the most?

I love Adam’s use of the phrase "Seeing myself as part of a continuum" early in this last segment.


No matter how little or how much our summer vegetable gardens produce, every bit of it – every bite of it – reminds us of the story of humans in relationship with plants these many millenia.

We stand and grow in a long line of humans engaging just so.

It’s kind of cool to think about isn’t it?





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