Celeste in the Garden

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Celeste Longacre has been growing virtually all of her family’s vegetables for the entire year for over 30 years. She cans, she freezes, she dries, she ferments & she root cellars. She also has chickens. Celeste has also enjoyed a longtime relationship with The Old Farmer’s Almanac as their astrologer. Her new book, “Celeste’s Garden Delights,” is now available!

April 16, 2017

Another crop that can be planted early is lettuce. This is actually my husband’s favorite so I plant lettuce early and often. Here are seven tips and tricks on growing lettuce—so that your garden space yields the maximum harvest! Lettuce is best when it is young and tender. As it ages, it gets bitter. So I get a mix (there are many, but I especially like Johnny’s Allstar Lettuce Mix) and I plant it every 10 to 14 days. Prepare the soil with some additives (kelp meal, azomite powder and old... more

February 1, 2017

Add flowers to your food! Here are the best edible flowers, based on first-hand experience in the garden and kitchen! I especially love adding small edible flowers to salads, which can be made even more attractive and special with their color and subtle taste. Many folks know about nasturtiums. Nasturium’s peppery blooms can be thrown in whole or torn into pieces to add to many dishes. They can be sown as seeds or bought as bedding plants in the spring. Some believe that they help keep... more

January 9, 2017

Ready for a healthy new tradition? Try fruit kvass with turmeric!  Just a splash of this fermented tonic each day improves health. Here’s more about it. Kvass is a traditional fermented beverage that’s growing in popularity due to its many health properties, especially as an aide for digestion. I wrote about my fruit kvass recipe last year.  Now, I am adding turmeric to my fruit kvass. Turmeric has been used as a spice and a medicine for nearly 4,000 years. During his travels, Marco Polo... more

October 5, 2016

Fall is the time of year when gardens disgorge their bounty and farm stands are chock-a-block full of wondrous fruits and veggies. It’s the best time to buy and store fresh food! Twenty-five and fifty pound bags of onions and potatoes are on sale for incredibly low prices. Right now is the time to buy for the best deals of the year. Even organic produce, which is the best kind you can buy, is available at a bargain. Tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, peppers, leeks, lettuce, spinach... more

September 27, 2016

There is nothing as delicious as a fully ripe, deep red, juicy, garden, heirloom tomato. Here’s a tomato salad recipe to die for—and tips on buying tomatoes. I love tomatoes. Unfortunately, farmers can’t wait until their tomatoes are fully ripe before picking them and bringing them to market. They get too soft and can be damaged by the first person who picks them up. However, tomatoes will continue to ripen after they are picked. The trick is to purchase them a couple of days before you want... more

August 30, 2016

I love bread and butter pickles. But the general kind of pickle, made with vinegar, lacks the digestive enzymes and probiotics of the fermented ones. Here is a recipe for how to make these delicious and helpful pickles. You will need: 3 medium cucumbers ½ cup thinly sliced onion 1 grape leaf ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 tablespoons home made whey 1 tablespoon sea salt or Himalayan pink ½ cup honey or maple syrup 1 heaping tablespoon whole celery seeds 1 tablespoon yellow or... more

August 15, 2016

With canned tomatoes, enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long! Here’s how I can tomatoes: First, when it comes to canning tomatoes for the rest of the year, I like to let my tomatoes get super-ripe on the vine. Farmers really don’t have this luxury as the fruit becomes too easy to bruise at this stage. However, tomatoes will continue to ripen in the box or on the counter, so it’s best to purchase your canning tomatoes a few days in advance of the ... more

July 15, 2016

You don’t need chemicals to get rid of pesky garden pests: Companion planting, natural remedies, and attracting predators to your garden can save you money and also save your plants. As gardeners, we often find that various insects can be found eating our crops. This is disturbing and frustrating. Broccoli looks disgusting when it is covered by small worms along with their poop. Cucumber beetles eat holes in the leaves of the plants and spread disease from one to the next. Cutworms strike at... more

June 27, 2016

Purslane, or portulaca oleracea, is a garden weed that is edible and has many health benefits. Find out the benefits of the purslane plant here, and get a purslane recipe! Purslane Benefits Like many other weeds, purslane is not only edible but also far more nutritious than many of the crops that we plant! Here’s just a few of the health benefits of purslane: Seven times the beta-carotene of carrots Six times more vitamin E than spinach Fourteen times more Omega 3 fatty acids. Purslane is also... more

June 15, 2016

Frozen berries are a tasty snack and a great method of fruit preservation, so we will show you how to freeze blueberries! Whether you grow blueberries, pick them, or find them at the market, try freezing blueberries (a super-nutritious and easy-to-grow fruit) for year-round enjoyment.  It is important to learn how to properly freeze blueberries so that they don’t all freeze in one giant clump. If you don’t follow these instructions, you’ll be very frustrated when you only want to defrost a... more

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