Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I know rhubarb is not high on the list of many people's favorite fruit, but it is high on mine. I find rhubarb so versatile, being at home in both sweet and savory dishes. I have been eagerly awaiting the time when I can start harvesting stalks, so I've been closely watching my plants grow. This week I noticed some strange bulbous stalks growing in the center of the plants and I realized my rhubarb was bolting!
Monday, April 28, 2014
One of the ways I volunteer at the URI Master Gardener Produce Donation Project is to edit and write for the project newsletter. This month I created a really great salad recipe using the only edible thing growing in the project beds right now - dandelions! Hope you enjoy the recipe and article:
Friday, April 25, 2014
Are you trying to "eat local"? According to the 2014 Locavore Index, if you live in Rhode Island you are in one of the best states in the nation to do so. Here are five ways to be a locavore.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
I love planning out my gardens but unfortunately a plan is not real life. Real life gives you a winter that never ends and destroys the outside of your house. Real life reveals that the shrubs in the front of your house that you were just going to neatly reshape to fit your edible landscaping plan are too big, even after pruning. Real life is no fun.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I love my grow lights. They have made such a difference to the success of my garden. Living in a region with a short growing season, being able to start seeds indoors dramatically extends my growing time and in some cases has allowed me to get two plantings in before the first frost. Using heat mats and cold treatments are great tools to help some seeds germinate.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Yesterday was glorious. The sky was blue and it was warm with not even a breeze. It was just a joy to be outside. I was able to get a lot of spring clean up done in the garden and the best part was seeing signs of life. After such a long, long, miserable winter, yesterday was a gift.
In fact, more treasures awaited for me under the winter leaves and inches of pine needles (thank you pine tree). I found two carrots I had missed when I dug up the bed in the fall, strawberry plants that survived being transplanted in November, chives, garlic and spinach! I laughed out loud when I saw the spinach. Here I am, babying spinach indoors, trying to get it to grow, unsuccessfully I might add, when Mother Nature keeps it alive outside under blankets of snow. Once again, I bow to Her superiority.
On the agenda today is amending the horrible soil in the new bed I created on the side of the house and planting peas and lettuce.
What are you doing in your garden today?
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
|Hamburgers made from New England Grass Fed ground beef. Yum!|
How much meat do you eat and how important is it to you how the animal was raised?
We eat a lot of plant based meals, but chicken and bacon are often on our menu and Art Girl and I love fish (Computer Man and Computer Boy would rather eat sticks and rocks). We are not big red meat eaters but when we do eat it, ground beef is usually the meat of choice.
I am trying to buy as much pastured meat and dairy as I can these days, but finding 100% grass fed anything in the supermarket is not always easy. Add trying to support local producers to the list and you really need to know a farmer or supplier to buy from! Luckily, many of our local farmers markets now have local meats for sale and some even have CSA programs.