Toronto, ON, CA

gardening interests: Composting, Organic Gardening, Ornamental Gardening, Square-Foot Gardening, Urban Gardening, Vegetables

Member Since: 02/02/2011

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Re: Garlic Scapes are a Savory Signal

Garlic scape pesto

Unlike basil pesto, this one turns a gorgeous pale green and keeps its colour; Walnuts are good-for-you as well as tastier and cheaper than pine nuts.
Has a nice garlicky kick and keeps well in fridge.
Harvest scapes before they curl too much as straight ones are more tender; always cut off flower head..

1. In food processor grind up some parmesan or other cheese; empty bowl.
2. In food processor, grind some walnuts, taking care not to turn them into paste; empty bowl
3. Snip off the scapes' flower heads, chop scapes into one-inch lengths, and with sufficient olive oil and water puree the scapes in the food processor.
Add the ground up cheese and walnuts; pepper and possibly some salt.

Re: Using Your Fence for Growing Vertical Vegetables

I use the 4ft X 8ft metal grids with approx. 4" spacing, meant for reinforcing concrete and available at building supply yards. Rusting quickly, they become virtually invisible, held upright with lengths of rebar (cut at same yard, length depending on whether the grid will be used vertical for pole beans, or horizontal, for tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, climbing squash). The grids can stay in the ground for years. Can also be bent into tomato and cuke cages.

Have seen them attached, with 3-inch wooden spacers, to a solid-wood fence, as an attractive blackberry trellis. Within a strengthening wooden frame, these grids also make attractive overhead trellising (wisteria) - but because of rust drips, best not over paving stones.

Re: Planting Pricey Produce

Money can be saved even further, by freezing herbs: I process parsley (my biggest go-to) and other herbs with a bit of water or water/olive oil and freeze them in ice cube trays; cut chives are frozen on a baking sheet, then packed loosely in plastic containers. Since I grow my own, I know they are clean and safe; I can use as little as needed; no energy is used other than opening the freezer door; nothing goes to waste. All a lot cheaper in the winter than fresh herbs or the even pricier frozen herb cubes flown in from abroad.