It’s That Time of Year

Time to pick the last of the fruit…

raspberries   blackberry   concord grapes

and plant the garlic for next year.

garlic bulbs plant garlic bulbs  straw

It’s these rhythms of the seasons that continue to give me balance amid the rest of the world’s craziness.

If I ever have to give up gardening, I think it won’t be long before they’ll be carting me off to the nearest funny farm.

By | 2016-10-24T09:56:14+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Life, My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

Best Zucchini Recipes Ever!

Even if you don’t have your own garden, if your car’s been unlocked, you’ve probably been anonymously gifted with enough zucchini to feed an army. We gardeners like to share the wealth, as it were…

I’m here to help save the day. I have two recipes that are guaranteed to have everyone in your family (even your vegetable-hating kids) loving zucchini and asking for more. No joke.

So without further ado:

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Zucchini Cauliflower Pie

I know, it sounds positively awful — zucchini and cauliflower?! How the heck did I come up with that! Can you say bumper crop of both? And what a happy surprise.

Bar none, this is a […]

By | 2016-10-24T09:56:15+00:00 July 31st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|8 Comments

A Garden Journal

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As I’m getting ready to harvest my garlic, I do what I’ve always done every year. I go grab my garden journal to get ready to record the harvest date, and the yield and quality of the bulbs.

I’ve been keeping a journal of my garden almost since I began. It’s a habit I picked up from the old woman who taught me.

She drummed into my head, “Karen, if you want to see if what you’re doing works, you’ve got to keep a record! Without the ability to compare year to year, seed to seed, and method to method, you might as well just throw your […]

By | 2016-10-24T09:56:15+00:00 July 24th, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|3 Comments

Too Optimistic…?

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Gardening season officially starts here on Mother’s Day. That’s typically when all chance of frost has passed. But, maybe courtesy of global warming, there is no frost in the 10-day forecast. In fact, I probably could have planted a week ago and still been alright. May be the first year that I actually get in two full crop rotations… Gotta take the good with the bad.

By | 2016-10-24T09:56:15+00:00 May 1st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|2 Comments

Best Organic Seed Catalog

The temp is a whopping 20 degrees outside, but I’m thinkin’ Spring.  Yes, it’s that time of year already — time to order seeds for this year’s garden!

Regular readers know that I’m big on annual garden experiments. An experiment that I didn’t chronicle last season was trying seeds from a variety of catalogs.

Since I save most of my seeds, I only grow from organic open-pollinated seeds. That immediately limits my selection.

I chose seeds from:

Fedco: They have the most extensive list and greatest quantity of seeds available (good for the serious gardener and small farmer).  Since they’re in Maine, most of their seeds do well from Zone 5 up.

Seeds of Change: They offer […]

By | 2016-10-24T09:56:19+00:00 January 31st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|13 Comments