Less Noise, More Green

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Autumn leaves are gardening gold

This time of year in New England is all about the leaves - not the colors (that is so last month) but the clean up. seemingly endless amounts of leaves are now on the ground, in yards and on the roads. Everywhere except for my house. Over the last year we lost two trees in front of our house to disease and our neighbor lost one of their trees. The result is very few leaves littering my property. On one hand that is a good thing - less raking- but on the other hand I want those leaves!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad

Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad, salad recipes

 I am growing both Tuscan and Red Russian Kales in my front yard edible landscape. Both of these varieties are attractive additions to the garden and as the plants grow, their spreading leaves become more dramatic. I also chose these varieties for their tender leaves. I love using kale in winter soups and stews but I wanted to be able to add more winter green salads to our diet this year.  Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad uses a massaging technique on the kale to tenderize the leaves so they can be eaten raw.  The result is a satisfying salad with greens robust enough to support hearty toppings.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Putting the bees to bed, honey tasting and feeling grateful I'm not a drone

Honey from Edible Forest Garden, RII haven't been able to help out with the URI Master Gardener Edible Forest Garden bee hive as much as I would have liked over the last couple of months but I was able to be there as the bees received their winter food and were tucked in against the upcoming cold.

Monday, November 10, 2014

My gardening split personality

Less Noise, More Green Edible Landscape Project, November 2014
What does your garden and gardening style reveal about you? I have been cleaning up and prepping my beds for their New England winter sleep and thinking about my gardening plans for next year: what crops will I grow again, where will I plant them and what new plants do I want to add?  As I'm working, it strikes me how different my thought process is regarding planning for my front and back gardens. I have two gardens and two completely different gardening styles, resulting in sort of a mullet haircut in reverse with a party in the front and all business in the back!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Finding fall interest in my edible landscape

We are at the end of October and I am amazed and delighted at how much of what is growing in my front yard edible landscape is still green and healthy! My fear of an ugly dead mud pit for a garden has not materialized. The garden is, of course, responding to the change of season and the annuals and summer perennials are fading and dying but they are changing into beautiful brown, orange and gold sculptures, freezing the plants in a moment of time. This is the fall 'interest' in my garden, a variation on the theme.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Planting garlic and strawberry runners and loving fall vegetables

Assorted beets

The pace of my fall garden is wonderfully slow. The frantic harvesting and preserving of summer has relaxed into small bursts of "beating the frost" activity, followed by large quantities of sitting and enjoying. There are a few tasks left to do in my garden in October, though, namely planting garlic and transplanting strawberry runners. The rest is clean up and prep for the winter months ahead.