Birthdays. Allergies. Panic.

My son recently went to his first (non-family member) birthday party. My dear friend gave me the heads up that there would be birthday cupcakes that were not William-allergy-friendly. No problem. I'll just make a batch of fudge to take along....more
That's so encouraging to hear that it does get easier! Thank you all for sharing your ... more

Dirt Wisdom: Gardening Gradually

Looking back on the summer of gardening that was, I ponder lessons learned. The first is one I have read in countless gardening books and magazines: “Start small and plant only as much as you can handle.” Every time I read those words, I yawn and skim. My ability to continually romanticize things is definitely where the trouble started....more
@Julie Adolf We *are* soul sisters. There are some who garden for relaxation and then there are ... more

Dirt Wisdom: Gardening Gradually

Looking back on the summer of gardening that was, I ponder lessons learned. The first is one I have read in countless gardening books and magazines: “Start small and plant only as much as you can handle.” Every time I read those words, I yawn and skim. My ability to continually romanticize things is definitely where the trouble started....more
Very. ;) more

Dirt Wisdom: Gardening Gradually

Looking back on the summer of gardening that was, I ponder lessons learned. The first is one I have read in countless gardening books and magazines: “Start small and plant only as much as you can handle.” Every time I read those words, I yawn and skim. My ability to continually romanticize things is definitely where the trouble started....more
DesiValentine4: Good for you and your family! I *completely* understand feeling impatient! ... more

Growing Your Own Garlic

In gardening, every plant has its prime sowing and harvesting season. Many things overlap or happen all at once, but there is a steadiness and rhythm too. Late spring and early summer brings something new to pick almost every week. By late summer, the pace quickens to daily harvesting and preserving. And by the time the garden is finished in early fall, it is time to begin thinking about planting garlic. I love that garlic gets to be planted separate from the spring rush, affording a little extra attention to be lavished....more
Yes, nothing beats home grown food - especially garlic! more

Growing Your Own Garlic

In gardening, every plant has its prime sowing and harvesting season. Many things overlap or happen all at once, but there is a steadiness and rhythm too. Late spring and early summer brings something new to pick almost every week. By late summer, the pace quickens to daily harvesting and preserving. And by the time the garden is finished in early fall, it is time to begin thinking about planting garlic. I love that garlic gets to be planted separate from the spring rush, affording a little extra attention to be lavished....more
Garlic scapes form when the garlic starts to produce seed head. You would harvest them when the ... more

Growing Your Own Garlic

In gardening, every plant has its prime sowing and harvesting season. Many things overlap or happen all at once, but there is a steadiness and rhythm too. Late spring and early summer brings something new to pick almost every week. By late summer, the pace quickens to daily harvesting and preserving. And by the time the garden is finished in early fall, it is time to begin thinking about planting garlic. I love that garlic gets to be planted separate from the spring rush, affording a little extra attention to be lavished....more
Roasted garlic is the best, definitely. Thanks for all of your comments! more

Chioggia Beet Fries

We've been incredibly busy this week with gardening, harvesting and preserving, and so much of what we're eating right now is pretty simple fare. My son loves anything that comes in 'fry' form and these beet fries meet his approval - they are also extremely simple and fast to make....more
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Fruit Sharing

I currently participate in fruit sharing, and I think it is a fantastic way to preserve fruit trees and shrubs destined for the axe and to prevent unwanted fruit from going to waste. An elderly neighbour of ours had a huge three-row raspberry patch - more than he was able to pick. Since much of the fruit goes to waste, one row of raspberries was removed. I think row two was destined for the same fate, but I came along last year and started picking it....more
So much food is wasted, isn't it? It is such a shame! I tend to scout out the back alleys ... more