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TAG : organic gardening

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 ...

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 ...

Observations and Orientation

The first rule of Permaculture is to observe. For some reason this has really been in my head the last week or two. My husband had an army buddy over the other day and we sat outside by the BBQ while they got caught up. I took advantage of this to just sit and observe the soon-to-be-garden ...

Zucchini Baby

I was checking on the garden during a brief respite from the August rains when I suddenly noticed a gigantic zucchini as big as a baby. How in the world did he grow so big without me noticing? He looked cold and wet so I cut his cord and wrapped him in a blanket. I named him Oscar. He was the ...

Top 10 Things to Know About Growing and Cooking Shell-out Beans

I’m not a vegetarian but I do love dried beans, so last summer I set out to grow a few different varieties and try all that home-grown bean-cuisine had to offer. It turns out there was quite a bit I didn’t know about growing and cooking the perfect bean. Dried beans are a relatively easy ...

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Thank you for your responses to the question of why you garden! Vera Sue wrote “Gardening gives me peace when I go out to tend to the garden, it is just my two dogs and me.” I definitely agree that that gardening can be meditative, particularly in the early morning when all the songbirds ...

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