I really can’t remember a more beautiful month of September here in Iowa. With 30 days of sunshine, warm temperatures, and a good rainfall about once a week, the garden is still going strong. And there’s no end in sight. The extended forecast isn’t showing any danger of frost until after… Continue reading
It’s August and it seems like I hardly spend any time out in the garden anymore. Instead, I’m in the kitchen. I’m canning tomatoes; I’m making pickles; I’m freezing green beans and zucchini; I’m drying peppers. And the list goes on.
When I committed to doing all of the… Continue reading
July is the month when a gardener really hits pay dirt.
Summer vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and zucchini hit their stride in July. Harvesting these prolific vegetables becomes a daily task, and 31 days of bountiful harvests provide more than just a lot of great summer meals. July is… Continue reading
June is my favorite time in the kitchen garden. The hard work of spring – the prepping and the planting – is behind us, and the bulk of the food preservation efforts – canning tomatoes, freezing green beans, drying peppers – is yet to come.
June is truly a… Continue reading
The calendar says spring is here and Mother Nature seems to agree. We’ve spent most of our free time this week (when not watching NCAA basketball) prepping the kitchen garden to get it ready for the growing season ahead.
Shoveling compost is not my favorite chore, but this is the time… Continue reading
It’s known as rocket to the Brits, but this peppery green’s fancy Italian-American name puts it at the front of the alphabet (at least in my garden). It’s fitting that I start my Kitchen Garden A to Z series with arugula because it’s a great way to… Continue reading