WesternGardener, contributor | September 22nd, 2014
The flowers, vegetables and herbs growing on the grounds of the Salvation Army office in Palmer, Alaska, is open to passersby who’d like to harvest fresh, local food from the raised beds. An effort of Grow Palmer, the garden encourages folks “take what you need and take time to pull a weed.”
cookinwithherbs, contributor | September 17th, 2014
The cool weather has arrived and summer is going fast. Summer crops have stopped producing in my zone 7 garden; just picked the last tomatoes, though still have some herbs to harvest and chiles are ripening on the vine. The summer fruits--peaches and plums--are also dwindling, so now is the time to enjoy this last summer bounty. Harvest from the garden or stop by your local farmers' market or farm stand and enjoy the seasonal produce for supper--or put some up. Here is a simple recipe using the last of the plums along with some of those leggy, scented geraniums which need cutting back.
WesternGardener, contributor | September 15th, 20142 comments
A late start, continued unseasonably cool weather and drenching rains early in the season meant tomatoes had a difficult time this year. The vegetable garden eventually came around and there were plenty of tomatoes to enjoy. Here are my top picks for 2014.
WesternGardener, contributor | September 9th, 2014
Sure, you’re tired of eating zucchini now, but this winter you may find yourself longing for the taste of some vegetables from your garden. Here’s the easiest way I’ve found for preserving some of your bountiful squash harvest.
cookinwithherbs, contributor | September 7th, 2014
Summertime and the living is easy--supper time involves as little cooking as possible--and preparing something simple with garden produce. Here is a recipe for an easy salad, Nicoise-style, using whatever you have on hand.
What's going on in your garden? As the harvest season is peaking and some of our summer vegetable and herb plants are winding down, it is time for preserving, tidying up and getting ready to plant a few fall crops.
When I think of favorite summer produce--tomatoes, corn and peaches top my list. I eat tomatoes and peaches every single day--and corn almost daily. Though we enjoy them most now--it is time to preserve some for this winter. Recently my local farmer called and said the corn is ready, so I grabbed my knife and freezer zip-lock bags and headed over to shuck and jive...
If you want to be the most popular gardener in your neighborhood, plan an end-of-season tomato tasting party. It’s a great way to make friends, celebrate the harvest and find new tomato varieties to plant in your garden next year.
I recently did a road trip to Toronto with herbalgalpals to attend the International Herb Association's annual conference. Here are a few highlights--gardens for you to visit vicariously, or next time you go to Canada--or put them on your list of things to do.
While all of our gardens are peaking right now, here is a garden you might want to take a closer peek at--the Nation's Kitchen Garden. Did you know that you can arrange a date for a private tour of the White House Kitchen Garden during this summer season? Last week, I went with the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America and we had the whole garden to ourselves (well of course, we were accompanied by some security as well as a guide)!