I wouldn’t know how to begin a discussion on gardening without beginning with the soil. When I teach a workshop, I ask people what they think of when they think “garden”. Most often, the answer has to do with the harvest. And, of course, we wouldn’t garden if we couldn’t look forward to a bountiful harvest. But, I always encourage my students to think “soil” because healthy soil will result in a healthy, nutrient-dense harvest. Continue Reading
There’s so much to love about dehydrating vegetables. Once dehydrated, they take very little room to store. Nutrients aren’t destroyed as they are with canning. If the electricity goes out for an extended time, nothing is spoiled. And dehydrated vegetables can store for years.Continue Reading
Until 3 years ago, I had never heard of a ground cherry. And other than my horseradish, ground cherries are the plant that visitors to my garden most ask about since they are unfamiliar with them as well.
I’m really glad, though, that I’ve become acquainted with these sweet, delicious treats. These not-really-cherries are super easy to grow. They belong to the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes and tomatillos. Like tomatillos, they grow in a papery husk which is removed before eating.Continue Reading
As a gardener, the harvest is the sweet reward of my labor. Night after night we enjoy a meal that includes vegetables that are as fresh as they get, fully ripe, and delicious.
I make harvesting a daily habit. Each morning during harvest season I walk through the garden with a basket, scissors, and a knife. Many vegetables are at their best when still young. Harvesting every day assures that my zucchini and cucumbers don’t get huge and seedy, that my beans are crisp and tender, my broccoli hasn’t begun to flower, and my tomatoes don’t over ripen.Continue Reading
August is such an amazing time in the garden. Barely a day goes by that I’m not able to harvest a nice basketful of fresh vegetables.
Green beans are no exception, and they really benefit from daily harvesting. If beans are left on the plant too long, the plant will think it’s time to produce seed and will stop producing the flowers that turn into crisp, delicious green beans.Continue Reading
If you’re a gardener, you have zucchini coming out of your ears right about now. You’ve made bread, and grilled it, stir-fried it, stewed it, and pickled it. And you go out to the garden every morning, and there’s more. What’s a girl to do?Continue Reading