Maple Sugaring Season Just in Time!

So it seems that tapping 2 maple trees gives us just enough syrup to get through until the next maple tap.

But I knew as soon as my family got a taste of this, I’d have to be making more. So, along with their annual garlic allotment,  I’ll be adding 2 more trees into maple production for this year.

Though, at the moment, with daytime temps in the minus digits, it’s looking like we’re still a few weeks away. It’ll be a race to the finish.

winter outdoor landscape

 

Speaking of which, if you haven’t read this book, it will change the way you think about trees. And […]

By |2020-08-25T09:46:55-04:00February 15th, 2020|My Garden / Recipes, Nature's Grocery Store|0 Comments

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

Speaking of Outdoor Snacking — We’re Talking Bumper Crop

My cherry and plum trees are exploding with fruit! I can’t even begin to describe the joy this gives me.

cherries

Seriously, if you haven’t yet planted a couple of fruit trees, what are you waiting for?! It couldn’t be simpler. And then you, too, will find yourself grinning from ear to ear over the never-ending wonders of nature.

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 […]