First Spinach Harvest

– Posted in: Recipes, Vegetables

My husband harvested the first of our spinach crop yesterday, and he says there's this much or more left to be harvested. He wants to do that this evening, because it is threatening to bolt in this heat. We had a yummy spinach salad, and gave away the rest of this bowlful to two neighbors. [...]

My Man Grows Stupendous Lettuce

– Posted in: Vegetables

My husband would tell you that he had nothing to do with it. Someone else sowed the seeds; he just stuck the seedlings in the ground. God provided the rain. Yeah, but who was up there weeding? All that cool and rainy weather has been good for something: great lettuce!

Growing Peas in Cold Climates

– Posted in: Vegetables

Peas in July! Yes, we are harvesting the last of our peas this week. When you garden in a cold climate, you may grow the same vegetables as those in warmer areas, but you don't follow the same schedule. I thought I'd run through our pea time line to give you an idea of how [...]

Three gardening books for children

– Posted in: Book reviews, Fruit, Pests, Plagues, and Varmints, Seeds and Seed Starting, Vegetables

Many gardening books for children take what I think of as the art project approach: here's what you need, this is what you do, isn't that cute?, now show it to Grandma. Very few books out there take children--or a child's interest in gardening--seriously. I prefer to regard children as apprentice gardeners, gradually acquiring more [...]

Leeks: A Good Vegetable for Northern Gardens

– Posted in: Recipes, Vegetables

When the days grow shorter, when we've had several freezes (and even a dusting of snow), and when we finally concede it's time to drain the hose and close down the storm windows on the last remaining screens--that's when we begin to harvest the leeks. More northern gardeners should grow leeks. Leeks appreciate cool weather [...]