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A Gardener Prepares for Irene: Encounters with Climate Chaos

My family jokes about how when my husband heads out on a trip, Mother Nature lets loose. An albino robin appears just before he’s to leave. An owl hangs around in broad daylight, staring intently into the screened-in porch.  Bats flit about the house.  Birds get trapped in my studio. Coyotes prowl the garden to […]

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Guest Video: Yanira’s Fresco de Ensalada

When Ofelia Barrios came to visit a few weeks ago and showed us how to make chiles rellenos and tostadas, she brought her friend Yanira Arias from El Salvador with her. Even though Yanira says she doesn’t cook very often, she still wanted to contribute to Open View Gardens and share a traditional dish from […]

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The Foolish Gardener: Learning the Hard Way… Again

  Listen to Barbara read the post. I stopped growing corn a few years back.  For good reason.  It takes up precious garden real estate and inevitably gets snatched by some clever critter or other the night before I plan to pick it. Just as people line up for local chicken-pie suppers around here, I […]

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Guest Post #7: Nancy White Writes about her Seattle Garden

A Note from Barbara:  I have learned more than I can say from Nancy White, one of the foremost thinkers on online communities (read her book), incredible graphic facilitator (see her work), lover of chocolate, and good friend.  Here I learn lessons gleaned from gardening in a sodden place. A Note from Nancy: My friend […]

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Guest Video: Ofelia’s Mexican Kitchen

Ofelia Barrios is our second guest to share her stories and recipes in a video for Open View Gardens. Ofelia is a wonderful cook of Mexican food — during her time as a student at Middlebury College and her many subsequent visits to our home, she filled the house with ingredients she had brought from […]

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What’s for Dinner? Tomatoes.

I wait all year for Barbara’s tomatoes. I refuse to buy the imported, tasteless, watery tomatoes sold in the grocery store. Occasionally during the winter I buy canned San Marzano tomatoes to make sauce, but nothing compares to the sun-ripened tomatoes that come out of our garden. We grow three kinds of cherry tomatoes, ranging […]

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NEW VIDEO — Jammin’ Strawberries

When we wrote about strawberries in June, we promised you a video on making French-style jam. After a busy month of weeding, harvesting and planting fall crops for Barbara and making plans to move to Italy for me, we’re finally fulfilling our promise. Although strawberry season has come and gone (sort of–we’ve still been able […]

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Hanging onto Summer While Heading to Fall

Yesterday the wind blew hot and surly across the tall field grasses. Today the high dog days of midsummer have pooled around my feet. It is still but for the drone of heat-loving insects and the intermittent warning of a robin, the hissing of a house wren, the drink-your-tea-tea-tea call of the Eastern towhee. On […]

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Vegetables and Fruit Everywhere But Not a One to Eat

When I travel, I seek out farmers’ markets and food shops as much as museums and historic sites, hoping for the unique and telling glimpses into a culture offered by hanging about where people buy their food. And so in Montreal this past weekend, yes, the unforgettable Jean-Paul Gauthier show at the Museum of Fine […]

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Seasonal and Creative Berry Desserts

Last Thursday we taught our first class of the summer, Beyond Pie: Desserts with Small Fruits and Berries to introduce people to new, unconventional ways to use berries in desserts. While pies, crisps, cobblers and crumbles are all delicious ways to use berries, we wanted to encourage our participants to be creative and not to […]

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