What to Do With a Bumper Crop of Asian Pears

While this year has seen some damages to some of my fruit trees–I lost all my plum trees and one cherry tree–I continue to get a bumper crop of Asian Pears.

My three trees are bearing so many pears this year that I had to pick at least half before they were fully ripe to prevent the branches from breaking from the weight. Even with that, I lost one limb in a windstorm.

So what do you do with the first wave?

2 baskets of asian pears

You go pick a bunch of raspberries and you make scrumptious Raspberry Asian Pear Salad with Raspberry Puree. Thinly slice a few pears, puree some raspberries. add a little […]

By |2019-08-31T14:16:14-04:00September 12th, 2019|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

Planting Sustainable Outdoor Snacking Stations

I was just reading an article about planting a food forest by a farmer whose philosophy I share. And it reminded me that I’ve been doing a variation on this with my property for about 10 years. I call it creating “Snacking Stations.”

I started doing this with an eye toward building in “passive food providers” onto my property so that even if I might not have time for a large garden every year, I would still be able to enjoy fresh food provided by nature. It’s all part of my growing interest in sustainability–a way of thinking that seems more appropriate than ever.

The idea was to plant fruit trees […]

By |2017-05-06T13:09:59-04:00May 6th, 2017|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

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 bulbsplant 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 |2016-10-24T09:56:14-04:00October 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 |2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00July 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 |2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00July 24th, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|3 Comments
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