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Growing Lettuce in Winter

A Gardening Life – January 5

This afternoon we put on hats and coats and went up to the shed to pick lettuce for dinner. Our shed has windows and plexi-panels on the southern side and roof. A wall of clay pots on the north side act as heat sinks and that half of the […]

Late Harvest

Only one quarter of the veggie garden still contains plants, and these grow thinner as we harvest. Still, to be eating from the garden on the thirteenth of December is a real blessing and we don’t take it lightly. Some of tonight’s dinner came from the garden (chard, kale and pak choi), some from the […]

Out For Dinner

After a busy weekend at the garden center I needed a boost for Sunday night’s dinner. It was getting dark when I arrived home but when I took The Dog out I could still clearly see the vegetable garden. I knew immediately what would nourish my body and soul: going out for dinner. Out to […]

Harvest Meal 2

The first evening fire in the wood stove calls for a warming meal from the garden. Tonight it is winter squash soup. This is an easy to make recipe that tastes like a fancy, company dish but is actually simple and quick to cook.

Autumn Soup Made While Answering Email

1 Winter Squash (I used […]

Harvest Meal

As the produce from the garden dwindles, it becomes more important to celebrate what we do have: the last of the eggplant and the final basil harvests. Last night we relished what may be the last fresh pesto (we’ve got a bunch frozen) with a harvest of eggplant and garden tomato sauce. A toast to […]

End of Season Comforts

You Can Grow That!

It is the start of what is forecast to be a cloudy, cool, rainy week. Yes, the dahlias and zinnias still bloom, and there is new lettuce and chard to be harvested in the vegetable garden. But although treasures still await harvest in the garden, and there are garlic and Cool-Wave […]

Plants That go the Distance

Here we are in late September and we are still eating out of the garden. Two vegetables are particularly impressive right now; I’m continuing to love a squash I’ve planted for five years plus a pepper from Burpee that is my new BFF. Tonight the two got together for dinner…our dinner.

What impresses me about […]

What’s For Dinner? Golden Days Lasagna

The name of this dish comes first the sunny color of the golden tomato sauce and Zephyr squash. It’s also appropriate because we’re treasuring being able to create dinner out of freshly picked vegetables as we savor the last warm days of summer. It’s wonderful to let the garden’s produce determine the menu. Photos first […]

What’s For Dinner? Curried Bean & Squash Soup

If you have a vegetable garden and grow summer squash and beans, there are times when you’re overrun with both. Here’s a cold soup I made for dinner the other night that is a delicious way to use up a bunch of these vegetables.

Cold Curried Bean and Zucchini Servings: 6


2 tablespoons extra-virgin […]

What’s For Dinner?

Contrary to the popular holiday song, I think that August is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the month when you can walk into the garden after work and ask, “What’s for dinner?”

Tonight the garden answers “Green beans, Zephyr squash, salad, tomatoes and basil.” “Perfect!” I reply. “Those will taste great with […]