After two weeks of vacation (more on that to come!), the state of our tomato plants makes it pretty obvious what's for dinner. And lunch. And, anyone want tomatoes and eggs? Anyone? We've been munching on tomatoes and feta (add some basil), spicy salsa and slurping up tomato soup. HOMEMADE TOMATO SOUP 1 medium onion, … Continue reading Tomatos Galore!
We pretty much ate exclusively from the garden last Shabbos, as we should in mid-August. Put enough money and time into the backyard, and with a little luck, you get to reap the rewards, literally. The garden prize goes to the potatoes. You know those gross "eyes" that grow out of old potatoes? Well, you … Continue reading Garden glory
Bumper crop of sunchokes
Remember Jack and the Beanstalk? We had sunchoke plants so tall this year that more than one passerby wondered when the Giant was coming. I'm not sure what is the best part of growing sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes): the nutty-potato taste that melts in my mouth, the yellow flowers at the top of … Continue reading Bumper crop of sunchokes
Garden fresh salsa
We've got tomatoes, jalapeno peppers and cilantro galore out back right now just waiting to become salsa. And even if you don't, the farmers' markets grew it for you. Make this recipe once, and you're not likely to ever use store-bought salsa again. Eat it by the spoonful, pour it over burritos or munch on … Continue reading Garden fresh salsa
Vegan pesto pizza
Our garden is heavy on basil these days, which is a good thing because we love pesto. I make it in big batches and freeze portions for the winter.But the truth is, that you can make pesto with just about any herb or nut--even the greens popping out of garlic bulbs. Cut these garlic scapes … Continue reading Vegan pesto pizza
Fresh garden potatoes
Sometimes gardening feels like magic. When you harvest a beautiful crop, all the work falls to the wayside, making it seem like the veggies appeared effortlessly. But, with this week's potatoes, that's actually what happened. It all started last spring when I divided up some old potatoes from my kitchen into pieces with eyes on … Continue reading Fresh garden potatoes
How to plant a garden
Everyone knows the basic science of growing plants: soil+sun+water=healthy plant. Right? That is, until you get to the garden store with plans to replicate that science yourself.All the sudden, you're faced with mounds of every kind of dirt, hummus, compost, mulches, plant feeding systems and more. And that's assuming you've already figured out what you're … Continue reading How to plant a garden
Garden winners–in December!
It's early December, and I harvested most of our dinner from the backyard farm garden. Sure, it's been a warm winter so far, but there definitely has been frost on the ground some nights, and both our kale and our sunchokes made it into December. Now, if that sounds like serious gardening skills, it's not, … Continue reading Garden winners–in December!