Our favorite garden blogger, Margaret Roach of A Way To Garden, is spearheading a fun summer event called Summer Fest 2009 — a celebration of summer gardening, cooking, and fresh food.
One of the first entries in the first week of this cross-blog celebration is Margaret's own tip for storing herbs. She offers two different ways to freeze and preserve a whole summer's bounty of parsley and other herbs. One way was familiar to us, but the other way was something new!
Those of us who live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic need to enjoy our tomatoes while we can. A fungus called late blight—a strain of which caused the Irish potato famine—is rapidly destroying loads of crops. You may want to check the tomatoes you're growing in your yard...
I spent yesterday on the set of Cultivating Life, a television show about reconnecting with the land. No, no big sound-stage; no wardrobe and make-up trailers (which might have helped curtail my copious sweating). I was on the property belonging to the host, Sean Conway. It's a gorgeous nursery-turned-oasis in Tiverton, Rhode Island, where the show is filmed. I was Sean's guest for an episode about heirloom potatoes.
When I wasn't needed on set I got to wander the land, meeting the chickens and ducks, gawking at Sean's collection of props in one of the old greenhouses, and taking lots of notes on how he does things in his vegetable garden. Here are some highlights.
With an estimated 600 acres of window sill growing space across the country, the UK's National Trust just launched a campaign encouraging apartment dwellers to plant window box vegetable gardens. While we are quite familiar with window sill herb gardening, we must admit we had never really thought of using the space for more substantial foods.
I've escaped to the family farm for a bit this summer, just in time for making sauerkraut. It's an annual summertime tradition carried on by my parents as it was by my grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, Anton, before them. Each generation made “kraut” on this very same farm; this recipe and method have remained intact with a few simple ingredients and manual tools...
How is your garden growing? Consider this a quick check-in on how your baby tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and other garden goodies are doing. So many of you showed us your awesome gardens in the My Great Outdoors event; we'd love to hear how your little patch of earth is doing. As for me and mine, well, when I returned from vacation this week I found that my squash vines had made their move! Read on to see what they looked like not too long ago...
Location: Long Beach, CA
Type of space: Herb and vegetable garden
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I love being able to go outside and watch my vegetables and herbs grow. It's also the perfect spot to read a good book, enjoy a drink and breathe in the aroma of lavender, rosemary and thyme.
Location: Greenbelt, MD
Type of space: Balcony
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I love to garden and produce my own food but I live in a condo. The space is small (11x6ft) and only receives direct sunlight until noon... I do love a challenge.
We’ve all seen bottles that have pears grown inside them, but have you ever seen a watermelon grown in a box? It’s one of the craziest things we’ve seen in awhile and although it’s not a new practice, it’s still mind boggling, every time we see it. They can run upwards of $100 in stores (if you can find them) but are easy to do in your own garden with the help of this tutorial...
The majority vote on our unidentified berry last week was that it came from a mulberry tree, and we agree! Thanks for chiming in, everyone. While we wait for enough berries to ripen for us to make something, we thought we'd take a closer look at the treasure we've found. What do you like to make with mulberries?