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

Too Optimistic…?

early gardening

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 |2016-10-24T09:56:15-04:00May 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 |2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00January 31st, 2016|My Garden / Recipes|13 Comments

Got a Garden? Get It Enrolled

Million-Pollinator-GardenIf you’re into gardening, you know about the pollination crisis. If you have a garden that attracts pollinators, please consider registering your garden at http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/.

The effort is to create a contiguous web of pollinator habitat across the country to save our native pollinators.

Nutrition ( lots of pollen and nectar sources) is very important to help pollinators withstand the diseases, mites and pesticides they are exposed to in the environment.

Having habitat for native pollinators is important too. A stone wall, bare ground and small piles of dried plant stem material will provide nesting area for solitary native pollinators.

If you don’t have a garden, maybe spending a little time […]

By |2021-06-10T11:13:28-04:00January 22nd, 2016|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

Best Pie Crust Recipe

Apropos of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share my secret pie crust recipe. There are a bazillion pie crust recipes out there. So why is this perhaps the best? Because it uses science to help get the best flake and the best taste.

PIE CRUST RECIPE

2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 stick cold unsalted butter
8 oz shortening
1/4 cup ice water
2 tablespoons vodka
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

For best crust, use CAKE flour, not all-purpose flour. Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Add  chunks of butter and shortening. Pulse several times, until butter is the size of peas. With machine running, pour in ice water and vodka and pulse  until the […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:19-04:00November 26th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

How to Select Garlic Cloves for Planting

garlic clovesIt’s that time of year again.  Around the 1st or 2nd week of October, I plant my garlic. But how do you know which bulbs you should save for your seed cloves? And then how do you know which cloves from those bulbs to plant? It’s easy, once you know what to look for.

Let’s get started!

What you’re looking for are your largest, firmest, roundest bulbs. Sure, save a few to give away as gifts, if you have some garlic-loving friends. But make sure you keep enough for yourself to get your seed cloves.

Now, gently break your bulbs apart to protect  the clove wrapper. Then, here’s what you’re looking for, for seed […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:20-04:00October 6th, 2015|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments
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