Friday, August 28, 2015
You may have noticed a new tab at the top of the page. Less Noise, More Green is now on Instagram. I've been playing with the application for a couple of weeks and feel confident enough with it now to encourage you to follow me! I'm still working on taking a decent picture with my phone but all life is a work in progress, right?
Less Noise, More Green is also on Facebook and Pinterest if you would like to follow me there as well. Just click on the tabs at the top of the page and it will take you right to there.
Facebook has changed how followers see content from pages. If you do not interact with a page, after a while Facebook will stop showing you posts from that page in your news feed. If you enjoy getting my Facebook posts, please "like", comment or click through posts every once in a while so Facebook will keep showing them to you. If you haven't seen anything from me on Facebook in a while, that could be why. If you visit my Facebook home page and interact with a post, you should start seeing Less Noise, More Green posts again.
As always, thank you so much for visiting me and for supporting me on social media. It makes my day when someone leaves a comment or likes a post.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Zucchini fritters are exactly what you need to make when the summer squash shows no sign of stopping. This recipe uses a full pound and a half of squash which will put a good dent in the green and yellow pile on the kitchen counter. The fritters freeze well so double or triple the recipe and make your kitchen a zucchini free zone, at least for a day or two!
Monday, August 24, 2015
|Contact with the soil will encourage the development of roots|
Friday, August 21, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
As we move into mid-August, the garden is groaning under the weight of all that needs to be picked, eaten, and preserved. My harvests are getting larger but seeing my kitchen island covered with homegrown produce- well, that never gets old. Here are some of the meals and preserves I've been making along with recipe links.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Last week, I had the pleasure of recording a podcast for The Greening of Gavin, a popular, award winning urban sustainability blog written by Gavin Webber from his home in Melton near Melbourne, Australia. Gavin covers all kinds of topics on his site: cheese making, soap making, solar power, climate change and more, but we spent most of our time talking about home food production and the differences between our two growing climates. How do we maximize the space we have and are we both crazy for planting edibles in our front yards? Listen in and find out!
Monday, July 27, 2015
From my kitchen: cabbage six ways, eggplant and zucchini lasagna, green bean salad, pickled radishes, blueberries and black currant muffins
|Broiled cabbage in cheese sauce.|
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Urban Farm Fermentory was high on the list of 'Must Do While in Portland, Maine'. Several friends were quick to recommend the brewery and one (Oyster Girl) to ask me to pick up a bottle of kombucha for her. Located in a warehouse in an industrial part of the city, Urban Farm Fermentory is focused on proving a truly local product while making a difference in the community. Oh yes, they also have a tasting room with their mead, hard cider and kombuchas on tap.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
From my kitchen: roasted cabbage, sauerkraut, chickpea stew, massaged kale salad and lots of preserving
Monday, July 13, 2015
A few weeks can make such a difference in a garden. Flowers fade as their time to shine passes and the focus shifts to new faces. It is the garden recreating itself, keeping the landscape fresh and interesting.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
It's been a little more than a month since I started caring for my bees. So far the experience has been both challenging and rewarding and certainly not without some excitement. As with caring for any living thing, reading up on the subject only gets you so far, as you quickly realize your charge, or charges in my case, haven't read the manual at all. It makes for an interesting ride.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Did you know potato plants can produce fruit? My Adirondack Blues are covered with small green fruit that look like unripe grape tomatoes. What is going on here? Is the fruit edible and are my potato tubers OK?
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
If you visit, you will find two gardens. In the front I have an edible landscape consisting of edible flowers, herbs, berries and vegetables designed to be an attractive and productive entry to my home. In the back I have a traditional vegetable and fruit garden.
Below are links to resources on this blog that will support your visit to my garden.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
|Edible nasturtium seeds|
One of the greatest joys of designing my edible landscape has been discovering new and unusual edible plants and using them in my cooking. Below is a list of plants I currently have in my garden that you may not know are edible, along with how to eat them, and links to recipes using these plants on my blog.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
This post is part of the educational element of the 2015 URI Master Gardener Garden Tour, which my gardens are a part of. The tour is happening June 20 - 21 and you can find out all the information plus where to buy tickets, HERE.
The one thing growing food in a small urban space forces you do is be creative! Over the years I've learned (often the hard way) some tricks to maximize my growing space. How many of these have you tried?
Monday, June 15, 2015
I've added quite a few new plants to my edible landscape this year, including flowers, vegetables, herbs, and berries. I like to take photos of my plants in all stages of their growth. I find this especially helpful when they are seedlings and I'm trying to weed! It's interesting to see how the garden changes over time and how the weather can either speed up or slow down growth from year to year.
Monday, June 8, 2015
This recipe has only two ingredients, but I struggled for a long time to find a method for making raw milk yogurt that I was happy with. Simple can be tricky! There are many ways to keep the milk at the right temperature for the cultures to work their magic and I tried them all. In the end, investing in a good quality thermos which is big enough to hold over four cups of milk has been a great investment and produces the most consistent results. This yogurt is so thick and creamy. Drizzle on a little maple syrup or honey if you want for some added sweetness.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
I am excited to be one of the gardens on the 2015 URI Master Gardener Garden Tour! If you live in Rhode Island, you are probably aware of the bi-yearly tour that includes gardens from all over the state. This year, the tour consists of thirty-four gardens. Some of them are public, designed and maintained by Master Gardeners, but most of them are the private gardens of URI Master Gardeners. This tour is such a wonderful opportunity to get inspiration, ask questions and see creative solutions to gardening problems!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
My front yard edible landscape is now in its second year. It's been interesting to see how the garden has reestablished itself compared to last year when every plant was young and fragile. The fun with last year's virgin soil was very few weeds and the plants only grew where I seeded or planted. This year, much weeding and transplanting of self-seeding annuals has happened but the joy is coming from seeing the blossoming of the perennials.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
As an organic gardener, I'm always looking for ways to minimize the impact of pests in my garden without upsetting the balance of my backyard ecosystem. I'm trying a very low tech method to deter cabbage moths this year - decoys!
Monday, May 25, 2015
I'm trying to keep my gardening expenses under control this year and one of my goals in this area is saving seeds and propagating new plants from old plants. Seeds and plants can be a major line item in a gardening budget, but with a little knowledge you can coax a garden into being quite self-sufficient! Sweet potato slips are one example of how I intend to save some cash.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
My personal experience with foraging for edibles is it can be very hit or miss. Just because a particular plant is edible, doesn't mean it is tasty! Many of the edible wild greens you can find in the woods or road side are too bitter for my palate. After the apocalypse and food is scarce, I'll be glad to have my list of wild greens but until then I'll stick with foraging for the tasty treats. One such treat might take no foraging at all. In fact you may have it in your garden already, masquerading as an ornamental.
Monday, May 18, 2015
The berry bushes in my edible landscape are loving the heat we had this week. The plants have turned their faces to the sun and bloomed.
Monday, May 11, 2015
As I entered year two of this garden, I knew I had to prune these year old bushes which had grown to about six feet tall but in a spider-like fashion with long unruly branches. Pruning is always a little intimidating but the rewards can be worth the angst.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
WADK 1540 AM out of Newport, RI has released more "For the Love of Gardening" podcasts, the URI Master Gardener gardening show for which I am one of the hosts. Below are links to two new shows:
Crop Rotation in a Home Vegetable Garden
To hear all my shows, click here. To hear the entire show collection released so far, click here.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
|This is what was lurking under the snow.|
Here are my zone 6b gardening plans for the rest of April:
Monday, March 30, 2015
"For the Love of Gardening." My latest show is about organic gardening and my guest Sanne Kure-Jensen and I discuss organic practices, pest control and soil amendments, among other things, in this thirty minute podcast. Enjoy!
Organic Gardening part 1
Organic Gardening part 2
Thursday, March 5, 2015
It's hard to believe that not that long ago most food was locally grown and knowing the farms and farmers that fed our families was common place. Farmers were our neighbors. They lived in our communities and were part of the fabric of people's daily lives. The meal on the dinner table was crafted from ingredients representing the skills, blood, sweat and tears of local farming families. We saw the crops growing in the fields and the animals that provided our milk and meat grazing in the meadows. Our food had meaning for us because the farmers that toiled to provide the food were meaningful to us.
|Megan, on the far right, giving me a tour of the farm.|
This connection with our food and farmers is so important and is sadly missing from our modern industrialized food system. Happily, a result of the blossoming local food economy is a resurgence of small farms serving their communities and I jump at any opportunity to meet local growers and producers and to see their farms. I recently had the chance to visit Buttercup Farm in Sterling, Connecticut and to meet Megan the owner and her beautiful Jersey Cows.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
|Under that pile of snow is the garden gate.|