I am feeling smug and happy to have some peppers put away for winter stews, chili, and casseroles. I must have spent all of an hour or so cutting up and freezing about 20 bell peppers, a dozen Anaheim peppers, and a couple of dozen jalapeno peppers. And look at my cherry tomatoes pictured here, still putting out the blooms, which hopefully means I’ll be harvesting a few of these every day until frost hits them.I am mostly a “harvest and eat it all right away” kind of gardener, planting just … [Read more...] about On Preserving, Freezing, and Canning
Today is International Kitchen Garden Day. Are you growing some of your food in your own garden? If not and you have space to do so, you should. Nothing tastes better than food you grew yourself. I learned to grow vegetables from my Dad, here is his garden in the mid 1970's:Here's a sample of my own harvest from a week or so ago. What did you harvest from your vegetable garden? You can't buy food like this in a supermarket: Here's a picture of my own garden this year:I've harvested enough … [Read more...] about International Kitchen Garden Day
Here's a hosta that deserves the name "August Lily". I have several different hostas in my gardens, as much as my pittance of shade and/or part sun allows. I don't think most of the hostas deserve the common name August Lily, since many of them bloom in June and July, especially the newer hybrids.But this hosta is truly an August Lily. This is an old variety with a great scent and it blooms in... August! I have no idea what variety it is, nor have I tried to figure it out. These are passalong … [Read more...] about August Lilies
I have a lament. The covenants of my neighborhood prohibit me from having sheds and other outdoor buildings. Perhaps lament is too strong a word, as this disallowing of sheds was not unexpected. I knew when I bought my little piece of ground that these covenants existed. And knowing I could not have a garden shed, I made sure my garage was big enough to hold my gardening tools and carts and other necessities of gardening.It just would be a lot of easier if I had a shed in the backyard so that … [Read more...] about Just Ask!