Garden Progress and Yummy Swiss Chard Recipe

It’s been about a month since I planted my garden.

Here’s how it started.

June Garden

Here’s what it looks like one month later. What a little sun and rain will do, when you start with good dirt…

July garden

Without a wide-angle lens, I can’t get the whole thing in. But you get the idea.

So far, we’ve enjoyed Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, the usual lettuces, peas, snow peas, beets, all kinds of herbs (most of which I dry for use throughout the year), and all kinds of berries.

Forget the birds and rabbits. With dogs who like raspberries and blueberries as much as the humans do, it’s hard to collect enough to bring […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:46-04:00July 4th, 2008|My Garden / Recipes|8 Comments

Longest Day of the Year

The summer solstice is the day of maximum sunlight hours, bringing the longest day and shortest night of the year.

I’d like to think we put it to maximum use.

As usual, Graidy greeted me at 4:50 jumping up on the bed and licking my face until I woke up. Next to me on the floor, was Kiera on her dog bed. Finn was perched on the open window sill, twitching at every birdsong. The furry contingent and I made our way downstairs and outside for the first morning’s call. Then it was back inside for a quick breakfast.

With coffee and computer, I got to work at my little makeshift office outside on the deck.

Garden Experiment 2008

With the cost of food skyrocketing, and the prices of organic produce off the charts, my garden experiment this year is to work toward growing enough food to feed my family for the year. Matron of Husbandry over at Throwback at Trapper Creek was the one who inspired me.

This year, I’ve more than doubled the size of my gardening space, as well as added several more fruit trees and bushes. Even with all that, I’ll need to increase my garden that much again next year. My current garden only takes us through early winter. With the new garden, we’ll make it to early spring. But that will still leave a 3-4 month gap before the summer garden kicks […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:46-04:00June 1st, 2008|My Garden / Recipes|16 Comments

Spring Has Sprung

It’s that time of year. The weather’s warming. The birds are nesting. The garden’s calling.

Cold weather crops are well underway.


Seedlings are put outside for a few hours a day to start hardening.


When they all come back inside, there’s hardly a flat surface free. Time to seriously think about the benefits of a small greenhouse.

Also time to double the garden size.

I’m seeing lots of hot showers for sore back muscles in my future.

By |2016-10-24T09:56:47-04:00April 20th, 2008|My Garden / Recipes|11 Comments

Why Some Gardening Will Be in Most People’s Future

Barbara Kingsolver brought the idea of locivore food growing and buying to the fore with her book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. In it, she speaks to the value of focusing on eating locally instead of using fossil fuel to transport food long distances.

While Kingsolver feels a moral and environmental obligation to do so, most people are starting to feel a financial obligation to do so. The price of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially organic) is skyrocketing.

Case in point. Today, at Hannaford’s, the price of 2 red bell peppers was $5.99! Yes, nearly THREE DOLLARS apiece! Holy

Forget summer gardening. It’s time to […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:47-04:00January 23rd, 2008|My Garden / Recipes|15 Comments

What’s the Difference Between Heirloom, Hybrid, and GMO Seeds?

seed-packets.jpgIn my previous post, a reader had a question about seeds. My response was getting long, so I decided to share it here. I’m sure there are other would-be gardeners who also aren’t clear on the differences.

Jo at Ecology of a Woman asked about three types of seeds — Heirloom, Hybrid, and GMO (genetically modified organisms). I’ll add one more type — Open Pollinated (of which Heirloom is a subset).

Here’s the quick run-down:

Hybrid Seeds are produced by artificially cross-pollinating plants for the purpose of improving the characteristics of the new hybrid plant– ie. better yield, greater uniformity, improved color, disease resistance, and so on.

Pros: Hybrid seeds are […]

By |2019-09-02T19:26:09-04:00January 9th, 2008|My Garden / Recipes|10 Comments

Best Recipe for Real English Scones

cream sconesI ask you, what does it take to get a real English Scone in this country? Those hockey pucks that our stores and eateries have masquerading as scones are an insult.

Okay, I know. I’m sounding like a bit of a snob. And while there isn’t another snobby bone in my body– when it comes to scones, I just want the real thing.

Why? You ask.

Well, long long ago and far far away, back when I lived in England, I worked in an English Tea Room. I made scones all day long, so as to have the bulk of them ready to serve by 4 pm […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:48-04:00December 17th, 2007|My Garden / Recipes|66 Comments
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