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Eating and Drinking Flowers

We’re harvesting and preserving like mad at Open View Gardens: vegetables, fruits and herbs to make syrups and sauces, jellies and tisanes, ristras and pestos, chutneys and cordials, salts and mustards, salsas and herb mixes. The hot peppers are ripening up, and so we’re exploring the full range of flavors and heat, variety to variety. […]

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Mid- July: On Cucumbers

When I’m not on the road with my storytelling work, I’m deep into mid-summer harvest mode.  I’m also trying to figure out ways to keep the resident baby bunny from eating all the beans, and I’m experimenting with developing a range of recipes for the crops that are coming in almost faster than I can […]

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July 1: The Extremes of this Early Season

Lately, the weather has ricocheted between super hot and steamy (90F) and downright cold (40F), rainy and intensely sunny, still and wildly windy. It’s remarkable that the garden is doing as well as it is thus far.  Indeed, the last two weeks of June had me scurrying about harvesting armloads of mint, dill, cilantro and […]

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Early Season Abundance, Part One

For my next newspaper column (in a couple of weeks), I plan on writing about abundance–even in an early season northern garden–about how so much is ready for harvest, almost too much: plants bolting, plants trying to bolt, plants ready overnight, and how working within that abundance hour by hour opens up perspectives beyond mine […]

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Mint Condition: It’s a Love/Hate Relationship

In today’s Addison Independent, our food column, PATCH work, features my piece on the pleasures and pitfalls of growing mint.  Just yesterday, I was wishing I had planted mint all around the perimeter of the garden; perhaps if I had done so, I would now have fenugreek, the kale would not be looking chewed up, […]

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Newspaper Column #2: Artichoke Spring

Note: Every other Thursday I contribute to a shared column, PATCH work, Three Gardens, Many Kitchens, in our local newspaper, The Addison Independent.  This week I’m thinking artichokes–here’s how it reads with its images (the online newspaper version does not include the visuals). As a child I wanted swordfish and artichokes for my birthday dinner. […]

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On Becoming a Columnist

I spend most of every day out in the gardens, down in the basement repotting seedlings or in the kitchen developing new recipes for what I am harvesting. In other words, I’m pretty much on my own out here on our sixty acres, with the birds, our two old cats, the rabbits and whatever other […]

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