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TAG : gardening

Easy-to-Grow Heirloom Seeds to Try

Growing heirloom seeds has given me a greater respect for growing food and with that, a deeper appreciation of the natural world. Before I started gardening, I had no idea what an heirloom vegetable was or how they would eventually shape my journey to a simpler life. Growing and saving ...

A Zest for Life

No one ever said that life was going to be easy. And on a much smaller scale, the same can be said for cooking gluten free. You will never truly understand how many products contain gluten until a Celiac diagnosis forces you to read every single label in the grocery store aisles before you toss ...

Green Thumb

My mother has a green thumb. The greenest thumb I’ve ever seen, in fact. Others bring her dying—no, dead—plants, parched, brown and hopeless, and a week later the plants are green and blooming and have overtaken whatever patch of dirt or pot they have been allotted. In her kitchen ...

The Ivan Tomato Goes from Indiegogo to Farmers Market

Saving the Ivan took many steps.  In the last blog, I outlined how the team was put together for our first year. The next step was to figure out how to build a buzz for a tomato that hardly anyone knew existed.  As a social media marketer, I knew we had to use social media.  We need funding ...

Things That Go ‘Squish’ In the Night

Note to self: Put on glasses — and shoes — when the dog needs a trip to the back yard in the wee small hours of the morning.Our Alaskan malamutes are generally pretty good about letting us sleep through the night. So when one of them — particularly Fargo, he of the perennially wonky ...

Recipe: Tofu and Mushroom Soup with Shiso

I am that gardener who rescues parched plants ("How much for that dead daisy?") and rehomes potager pests ("Would anyone like a slug?"), because I CANNOT BEAR to see them perish. This is how I became The Shiso Queen. Shiso is a mint-family herb popular in Asian cuisine. In our fair realm, shiso ...

Recipe: Cucamelon Refrigerator Pickles

As an avid kitchen gardener, I'm always looking for new edibles to grow and serve. Several years ago, my quest led to the Cucamelon (Melothria scabra), an annual vine in the Cucurbitaceae plant family that includes cucumbers, melons, and squash. The cucamelon is known by numerous names, ...

Don’t You Have Any Red Ones?

I first began heirloom gardening in the summer of 2015. Prior to then, I had grown a few succulents and flowers here and there, and helped my green-thumbed mother with her vegetable garden, but I had never planted my own garden start-to-finish, seed to vegetable. In February, while searching ...

Why I Garden

Clearing out our family’s early 19th century farmhouse for a renovation into a shared family gathering place was daunting work – my family had occupied this house for five generations, then the house had sat unoccupied for about thirty years. The first major hurdle was the cellar, accessed ...

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