As many gardeners have come to learn, one cucumber plant can go a long way. Are you harvesting a lot of cucumbers from your garden this time of year? Maybe you are getting a bunch in your weekly CSA box. If you are looking for more creative ways to use cucumbers than just slicing them into a… Continue reading
Do you have a secret dream to be a farmer? Would you like to produce your own food for you and your family? Do you… Continue reading
The heat is on.
Hot, sunny summer days can take a toll on the kitchen garden. Vegetable plants need water to beat the summer heat and maintain optimal… Continue reading
I’m working through my kitchen garden from A to Z. Here’s my guide to growing, harvesting, cooking, and preserving cabbage.
When it comes to cruciferous vegetables, cabbage is king. Cabbage plants produce huge, showy heads that hold their own amongst ornamentals. Cousin to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, the cabbage has… Continue reading
“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
The quote above from American naturalist and writer Edwin Way Teale pretty much sums up my thoughts about the garden in May. In the May garden, anything seems possible.
The May garden is pure enjoyment. The hard work of prepping the soil and planting the… Continue reading
Starting pepper seeds indoors has to be my favorite gardening task.
There’s something about planting pepper seeds inside when it’s too cold to be in the garden. It somehow reassures me that warmer days are ahead. I get daydreaming about all the colorful fruit the plants will bear to… Continue reading
I’m working my way through my kitchen garden from A to Z. Here’s my guide to growing, harvesting, cooking, and preserving beans.
Remember Jack and the Beanstalk?
Young Jack traded his family’s cow for some “magic beans,” much to his mother’s chagrin. One bean grew into a great… Continue reading
November is a month of giving thanks, and I have plenty to be thankful for, including a garden that kept giving all month long.
With many fresh ingredients available to me, I planned my Thanksgiving menu around what I had in the garden. Leeks, celery, chard, herbs, and eggs went into… Continue reading
There may be no more beautiful month in Iowa than October.
Just take a look at my backyard. The woods became a palette of purple, yellow and rust in the last few weeks, even as the vegetables of summer continued to produce blooms in the garden. Frost remained at bay until the early hours of October 17… Continue reading