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!

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

May 2, 2016

Ever heard of kimchi?  It’s a very nourishing and traditional fermented side dish made with vegetables. I have my own variation which I hope you’ll enjoy. What are Fermented Foods? In fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, there are large amounts of enzymes that greatly aid the process of digestion. Our ancestors traditionally fermented their pickles, ketchups and other vegetables. These condiments, when served with their cooked food, provided digestive enzymes to help the body... more

April 25, 2016

Mayonnaise is something that can be made and fermented at home. It’s actually a very good idea to make your own as most of the brands found in the supermarket are made with inferior and sometimes unhealthy oils. Ferments are becoming quite popular these days. As our gut biome is used to the probiotics and digestive enzymes that they provide, it’s a good idea to eat some on a regular basis.  Fermented MayoNnaise Recipe Ingredients: Hand blender or food processor 3 egg yolks from a known ... more

April 4, 2016

Fruit kvass is an exceptionally easy-to-make fermented probiotic drink, and you can find a great recipe for it here. Why Fermented Drinks? For tens of thousands of years, our ancestors used fermentation as the main method of preservation of their food. Without refrigeration or the ability to can, they relied on the workings of natural microorganisms to change their fresh harvests into storable ones. They made and ate fermented sauerkraut, kimchee, grains, pulses, milk, fish, meat and... more

March 3, 2016

Ever tried sowed seeds outside in the hard winter ground? My friend, Jackie Caserta told me about this new idea and it sounded pretty easy so I decided to give it a try.  Granted, this is an experiment on my part, but the woman who wrote about it, Trudi Davidoff, said that these plants ended up being much hardier and healthier than anything started inside. It’s best to use cold-hardy plants so I decided to try some lettuce, broccoli and Swiss chard. The idea is that you sow seeds into mini-... more

December 16, 2015

Here’s one of my favorite Stir-Fry recipes using bone broth. It’s good for you and good tasting! Bone broth soup is really good for us. I noticed over 30 years ago that—if my husband, Bob, and I have at least two servings a week of my homemade soup—we have no problems with our joints. When I forget, my knees really bother me. So I have learned to incorporate the broth into as many meals as possible. Click for Bone Broth Soup Recipe One delicious way to eat it is in a stir-fry! Begin by... more

October 28, 2015

In some places, gladiolas can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, though, they would freeze and die. Gladiolus can be saved, though, placed in the root cellar and replanted in the spring. Here’s how. First, gently dig the entire gladiolus plant and place on newspapers in a shady spot that won’t get frosted. A porch is ideal. Let them sit there for a week or two until the stems easily pull away from the corms.  Next, separate the new corms from the old ones. Often, a... more

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