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An Abundance of Cherry Tomatoes

  Its late summer and tomatoes fill the kitchen.  Every morning we bring in another 1/2 bushel of large varieties and a large bucket of cherry and grape tomatoes.  We started growing the small varieties because they are our favorite summer snack.  A crystal bowl filled with mixed gem ...

Sunny Floral Desserts

I’ve told you that edible flowers are so much more versatile in the kitchen than just used in desserts.  They are.  But they also make incredible, mouth-watering desserts!  The main thing to remember is that edible flowers can be important ingredients in your dessert concoctions, not just ...

Edible Flowers of Summer

If you enjoyed the post Edible Flowers of Spring, then you’ll love learning about all the wonderful edible flowers of summer and how to use them in your kitchen.  Elegant day lilies, sunny squash blossoms, and graceful gladiolas take center stage in summer.  You can add crunchy texture, ...

Garden to Table: Spring Treats

I’m sheltering in place this spring, more from the weather than the pandemic this Mother’s Day.  The polar vortex came swirling southward this week bringing us freezing temperatures and worries over which vegetables and flowers will survive. It hasn’t been this cold in May in the ...

Edible Flowers of Spring

What is crunchy and tastes like a bean yet is exotically big and colorful?  Is there something of many hues with a bite like black pepper?  Can something pink smell and taste like cloves?  What is purple but reminds your taste buds of licorice?  How can something soft and blue taste like ...

Easy Garlic

People often ask, What is the easiest plant to grow?  Although every plant brings unique challenges and joys, for my garden, the answer to this question is “garlic.”  Of course, the garlic at Heart & Sole Gardens is not like garlic one buys from a supermarket bin or grows as an annual ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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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