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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 […]

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 […]

Welcome Home

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 16

Anyone who has a vegetable garden knows that if you go away for a week in August all hell breaks loose. You leave a few baby summer squash on the plants and come home to zucchinis that are suitable for door stops, baseball bats or murder weapons.


The Freedom To Grow Food

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 10

As I was downloading photos of my garden this evening I checked in with my garden writing group on facebook. Derek Powazek wrote about Julie Bass’s struggle to grow vegetables in her front yard in Oak Park, Michigan. It seems that the town and city planner have […]

A Fresh Look at Snow Peas

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 16

Earlier this season I bought two packs of different varieties of sugar snap peas. I planted one package on one of our reinforcement wire walls and the other packet on the other. The seeds on the lower fencing sprang up quickly and there was nearly a hundred […]

Little Miracles

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 12

Here we are, firmly in winter and on the slippery slope to 2011, and we are still eating out of the garden. While discussing the evening’s dinner menu, my husband and I saw some leftover curried rise and uncooked tofu in the fridge and agreed that a […]

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, […]

Gardening By Heart – Part 5

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – Part 5

I was speaking with someone the other day about the current interest in growing organic food. Local produce and healthy, fresh vegetables are hot, and we gardeners applaud this trend. “Something else will be trendy next year, and people will forget about gardening,” was this person’s take […]

Creating An Experience

Report From PIA – August 16

Yesterday on NPR I heard an interview with Elizabeth Dunn who studies consumer happiness for the University of British Columbia. She was talking about what made people happy, and commented, “Well, it turns out that one of the best things people can do is invest in experiences rather than […]

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 […]