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Even A Small Garden…

can produce a feast.

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 24 I love the time of year when we can come home and pick dinner. The new potatoes are ready, the chard is thick, the beans and summer squash are prolific and we’re picking several tomatoes per day. Heaven.

Last night I made a summer […]


Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 22

We arrived home from Italy to find an outbreak of weeds and beans. Crabgrass, purslane and carpetweed have not only appeared in the ten days we’ve been gone, but they’ve all grown to dinner plate size plants in that time. It’s as if someone has thrown weed bombs […]

It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Victory Garden

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 12

Nor is it Mrs Obama’s vegetable patch at the White House. The good news is that growing your own food can be done on a scale and style that suites you. Whether you choose to plant in containers on the back deck or replace your front lawn […]

Gardening With A Purpose

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 10

We’re on the slippery slope to Thanksgiving and right around the corner is the New Year. Here on Cape Cod there was a hard freeze last week and on Monday we awoke to a light coating of snow on the ground. You might assume that the vegetable […]

A Normal Part of Life

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 6

At the Northeast Greenhouse Conference I heard Lloyd Traven, of Peace Tree Farm, speak about garden centers and the current importance of growing herbs and vegetables. He made the statement that we need to make the raising of vegetables “a normal part of life.”

Amen to that, […]

Reason To Grow Your Own Vegetables – #2

Report From PIA – July 26

Reason To Grow Your Own Vegetables – #2

1. Get home from work, and go out to the garden… having a favorite beverage in hand is optional. Pick the summer squash that appeared in the last 24 hours. (I’m partial to the Sunburst Patty Pan and Zephyr because […]

A Recipe For Summer Contentment

Report From PIA – July 25

Or… Reasons to Grow Your Own Vegetables #1

Ingredients: fresh green beans, cucumber, tomatoes, basil, garlic, feta cheese (or fresh mozzarella) olive oil and bread.

On a Sunday morning, after coffee, go into the vegetable garden and pick beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and basil. At lunchtime, slice a clove of […]

Gratitude, Again

Report From PIA – June 5

I hate to admit this, but Laura Schlessinger was in my head as I gardened today. I heard her radio program a few years ago and she was saying something about the best attitude being gratitude. As I weeded and planted, and tried not to be overwhelmed with all […]

A Life That Has Meaning

Report From PIA – March 14

In today’s New York Times Magazine there is an article by Peggy Orenstein about the number of women who are not only raising vegetables but keeping chickens as well. The title of this article is: The Femivore’s Dilemma.

After reading this piece I decided that the issue raised goes […]

Planting Passions Out Front

Report From PIA – December 16

A conversation with a fellow writer, and a walk through Chinatown, started me thinking about my front yard. See, among the stores on Grant Avenue, I spied a garden planted on the front of a building. This reminded me of an earlier phone call, when I was relating to […]