I recently attended an interesting lecture on outdoor container gardening at The Boston Flower and Garden Show. I thought I’d post some of the tips on how to create a basic planter.read more
October 13, 2010
Late in the harvest, we often find some extra-large veggies. This morning, I finally pulled up a monster carrot that I'd been eyeing in my garden. (See pic below.)
Do you have any great vegetable photos to share? Large or little? Show us the good and the bad! Load your photos here—select "Vegetables."
Just for fun, I'll pick a "winning" photo on November 30 and send the winner The 2011 Old Farmer's Almanac and an All-Seasons Garden Guide on November 30, 2010.
UPDATE: The winner for 2010 is . . . "Ruby and Opal" by Carl Wayne Hardeman. Congrats, Carl! There were so many great—and humorous—entries. It was Carl's caption that clinched it for me. Check out his photo page here.
You can see all the pics in the veggie photo gallery.read more
September 6, 2010
As much as I love roasted Roma tomatoes, Tomato Tarte Tatin, which appeared in the August issue of Bon Appetit, has become my new second-favorite way to cook these plum-shaped fruits. This is a sweet, not savory, dish best enjoyed as dessert or a treat—not a vegetable side dish.read more
July 16, 2010
There is something special about summer reading. Sitting back in the porch rocker with a glass of iced tea sweating on the table next to you…heaven!
Now imagine this-- you are completely immersed in a book. You cannot put it down. You have totally unplugged yourself from the television, phone, and computer. You deprive yourself of sleep so you can read just one more chapter. And then you get to the last page. And you hate the ending!read more
July 16, 2010
This past weekend, I hauled compost from the recycling center across the road. (I make my own but not enough for this space. It's best for pots.) I got four banana boxes from the supermarket and made, I think‚ 10 trips. Round trip was less than a mile and it was backbreaking work at 90+ degrees, but it enabled me to get some greens seeds in. One favorite is Cracoviensis, aka asparagus lettuce in some circles. The leaves grow in a swirl around a relatively thick stalk, which, to me, is the best part. As it reaches more than two feet, pluck the leaves for salad.read more
April 5, 2010
This week, I was musing about how much I've learned about gardening in the past year. If you're a beginner, perhaps some of the little things I've learned along the way will help you! If you're well beyond the beginner stage, I hope that you'll share some of your biggest lessons—perhaps with amusement, now that you're in a different place!read more
April 5, 2010
Some of the most interesting plant containers are ones that were not originally intended for the purpose.
A few I months ago I bought supermarket salad greens in a clear, shoe box-size plastic container, with a separate lid, and, after eating the contents (which, oddly enough, were packed in a cellophane bag), resisted bringing the container to the recycling center because it seemed there just had to be some way I could reuse it . . .read more
April 1, 2010
I'm planting a small organic vegetable garden this year. My goals: enjoy healthier and better-tasting veggies, show my young child where food comes from, and save money!
I just took a class at a local organic farm. Here are the basics of what I learned. Perhaps you'll find these pointers helpful!read more
March 15, 2010
Spring has arrived! With longer days and warmer weather, the birds are starting to sing, the buds are blooming, the sap is running, and the brooks are starting to flow.
As all of nature wakes up, I feel the same urge to get myself moving! There’s something about spring that makes us all itch not only to get outside, but also to get our bodies in motion—busy and active.read more
March 2, 2010
Gardening in the woods can be a challenge, especially when you love plants and flowers. But the forest is where I choose to live; it provides great shelter for many birds and critters that we love to watch, so I don't intend to clear the property of a lot of trees just to have a huge garden.read more
March 2, 2010
I have made a decision this year to have a small, thriving vegetable garden but to try to save money gardening where I can.
I have already bought my seeds at an outlet store at a 40 percent discount. These are good, name brand seeds packaged for this year. I’m splitting the cost with a neighbor, as one package contains enough seeds for both of us.
I’m also starting everything from seed this year: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and broccoli, to name a few.read more
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December 12, 2008
This morning, we woke up to huge crashing sounds. (My husband later compared the sounds to road-side bombs.)
We rushed over to the window. An enormous tree was falling right before our eyes. Our stunned eyes took in an otherworldly view. There were fallen trees in every direction. The branches were covered in an inch and a half of ice. The entire world was frozen.
Suddenly, the wind whipped through the forest and we heard more exploding sounds. A tree cracked in half. A giant branch fell from the sky.read more