Garden Update: July 1, 2010

Sorry about the radio silence from here lately – it’s been a really rough month and a half for me. I felt like a bunch of things were hitting me at once. Sometime in mid-June, I ended up in the emergency room with massive pain in my chest, shoulder and neck, and the past month […]

Garden Update: June 1, 2010

After putting in the raised beds last year, I was super psyched about gardening this year. I got a late start this year, though. I didn’t order or start seeds in time, so I got stuck planting seedlings. And didn’t even manage to get those in very early – we were definitely past the last […]

Scallions Three Ways

The best part of gardening is that sometimes it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I had planted green onions in my garden last year, and had a couple pop up, but nothing else after. I just figured that they had failed to germinate (or that I hadn’t refreshed the soil enough), and chalked it […]

Garden Update: August 2009

Wow, August is something else when it comes to gardening. It’s like boom, overnight – you go from having very little harvest to having so much harvest you can’t eat it all by yourself and have to start giving stuff away. And then by the end of the month you go back to very little […]

Garden Update: July 2009

I have to tell you, this garden could have never happened but for the assistance of my mother’s boyfriend Joe. He’s done all the heavy lifting when it came to getting everything set up. His input has been invaluable, and his gardening knowledge has saved me from disaster more than once. I’m so lucky to […]

Garden Update: June 2009

June is a weird month for gardening. Some things are quite prolific, and others have hardly grown at all. The radishes I planted from seed back in mid-May were ready to harvest in mid-June. They were sweet and delicious sliced onto a piece of dark pumpernickel that was slathered with homemade butter and sprinkled with […]

Garden Update: May 2009

Gardening is something of a family tradition for us. My great-grandfather (who we called Opa) made a living as a gardener when he emigrated from Germany around 60 years ago, so there was never a time growing up where I can’t remember Opa having a vegetable garden, or a time where I don’t have memories […]

OLS Week 11: Summery Chopped Orzo Salad

I’ve been harvesting stuff like crazy from my backyard garden. And what better way to use up a fridge full of fresh veggies and beat this horrible heat than to make a cool, colorful orzo salad that has great flavor and texture? This one came out so well that I’m putting it into my permanent […]

Fruits of My Labor

There’s no feeling in the world like going into your own yard and harvesting your own produce. This year, I’ve planted quite a few things, and already, just a few weeks later, I’m starting to realize the fruits (literally!) of that labor. I know it’s not much, but it’s as fresh as it gets. And […]

GYO #3: Pico de Gallo

For the Grow Your Own #3 blogging event, I’m contributing pico de gallo that I made with the last of the Roma tomatoes of the summer, which were grown on my back deck. The other ingredients (onions, garlic, additional tomatoes, poblanos, jalapenos, cilantro) are also local, with only the lime juice and salt being not […]