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Garden update


Today I thought I’d give you a brief update on the garden. Above are the beets I transplanted last week. They are among the few things that have taken well to the garden. The various cabbage and cauliflower seedlings I planted have been walloped by the bugs.  Seeing these tattered leaves is very humbling.  It gives me a whole new appreciation for the challenges organic farmers face, and crop losses they must endure.  It’s evident why organic is more expensive!  I certainly don’t begrudge them their prices after seeing my poor results. Continue reading Garden update

All snug in their beds: Planting broccoli and cabbage starts


After ripping out the miracle tomatoes on Saturday, I had 12 feet or so of prime real estate in the instead-of-grass garden in the front yard.  While planning my fall garden, I had consulted The Weekend Homesteader and Mini Farming which both advised to alternate tomatoes with plants from the Brassica family (e.g., broccoli, cabbage) to promote optimal soil health.  So yesterday I bought Savoy cabbage, green cabbage and broccoli starts from my local food co-op and got to work this morning to put them in the ground.  (That turn-around must be a record for me.  Typically, I leave seedlings on the back patio where they shame me from the breakfast table for at least a week.  I finally get so concerned they won’t survive either the temperature or the neglect, that I drop everything – usually after a dramatic announcement – and plant them, that is, if they haven’t died already.) Continue reading All snug in their beds: Planting broccoli and cabbage starts

Summer Vegetable Stew


This recipe was inspired by the last gasp of my summer garden.  It combines several tomatoes (both green and red), a zucchini and a few small eggplants.  I seasoned the veggies with balsamic vinegar and basil, for a ratatouille meets caponata style stew.  Optional add-ins include wine (1/4c) and either capers (2T) or sweet corn (1c).  Since capers are one of the few foods my husband truly cannot tolerate, I opted for corn.  But since changing his mind about pickle flavors after eating my piccalilli, who knows?  Capers may be next off the “Do Not Fly” list. Continue reading Summer Vegetable Stew