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TAG : Cindy Barlowe

Rocket’s Fall Launch

In an attempt to extend Summer’s flavor, I filled a cookie sheet with green tomatoes and placed it on a pantry shelf.  Last night, we enjoyed sandwiches with the season’s last large slicing tomato.  Although it is a variety called Pineapple, I label this special tomato plant with the name ...

Waste Not the Wonderful Watermelon

One of my favorite childhood memories is gathering at my grandparents’ home on summer Sunday evenings with our extended family. Sometimes, my grandmother would stir cream, sugar and vanilla flavoring and pour the mixture into a large cylinder. Packing ice and rock salt around the cylinder in ...

Organic Gardening is for the Birds

March 25, 2016. Good Friday. Distinctive chatter welcomes me to Heart & Sole Gardens. Martin scouts circle overhead. Purple Martins, that is. Migratory birds we regard as pets claim the gourds we provide for them to nest and raise their young. After an annual flight from South America, ...

Garlic Chive Scapes, Versatile and Delicious

While asparagus is clearly the vegetable winner when it comes to Spring harbingers, garlic scapes, those intriguing shoots that form on hardneck varieties, are not far behind.  Prized by professional chefs and adventurous home cooks, scapes are ideally harvested before they open to reveal ...

Heirloom Tomatoes? Be Still, My Heart …

Ah, Summer. The season when Mother Nature throws her doors open with abandon and encourages gardens to thrive and produce. In my Western North Carolina area, harvesters race to claim every ripe fruit and vegetable before Autumn ushers in cooler temperatures, slows plant productivity and ...

Hide and Seek Champions

Zucchini growers can relate. Summer squash seed germinates and quickly grows into a healthy plant full of lush leaves. Male blossoms appear, followed by females that, with helpful pollinators’ work, morph into small fruit. At some point, the gardener loses sight of small squash and foliage ...

Family Heirlooms

Living most of my adult life in the same geographical region used to embarrass me.  While worldly friends and acquaintances reminisced about far-off abodes, I envied their adventures, missed inhaling fragrant smells of exotic flowers, listening to night songs of unfamiliar insects, and ...

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