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It’s Not Too Late!

Ok, all you procrastinators…there’s still time to get in a few veggies for your winter garden. Some veggies thrive on the cooler weather, and in fact, taste better if they have cooler temperatures. Among these are peas of all varieties, beans, and the cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, rutabagas, collards, and Brussels sprouts.

Every […]

Why Raised Beds?

Imagine a garden full of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, greens, gourmet lettuces, radishes, carrots, onions, potatoes and herbs, growing in your yard in as little as 64 square feet. Utilizing a modified version of Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening principles, we will explore an almost work free garden (once you […]

The Cruciferous Bed

The Cabbage Patch

The Brassica family (also called cruciferous or Cole family) includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Napa cabbage, bok choy, collards, rutabagas, and turnips. They all grow well together and should not be grown with the nightshades like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. They should all be planted one per square foot. […]

Northern Gardeners: Start Your Planting!

It’s Monday. A new week begins. For those of you in the Midwest, Eastern US and other Zones 6 – 8 areas, now’s the time to get over to the local nurseries to see what plants they have. Don’t just look for flowers for the yard. Delve into the vegetable section and see what healthy […]

Recipe – Fresh Vegetable Stew

I made this soup today. Yum.

The midwest and east coast areas are covered in feet of snow, the temperatures are in the 20’s, and your family is going to want a nice hot aromatic supper tonight. Here’s an old faithful recipe of mine for a meatless veggie stew. You can make it a […]


Speaks for itself, doesn’t it? It’s so pretty I sort of hate to pick it. But I will. The darker lettuce in the front is Buttercrunch, a nice textured butter lettuce. The lighter green ruffly lettuce at the top is one I picked up at the local home repair center. […]

Recipe – Curried Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

At some point in the ’60s my mom got turned on to curry powder. She began putting it in her cheese sauce, chicken salad and other chicken dishes. I remember watching Julia Child teach how to make a roux, and the next night, Mom had come up with her always great cheese sauce. She […]

The Harvest Has Begun

It is amazing what a couple of days’ worth of rain can bring to a growing vegetable garden. I stepped outside this morning to find that the one of the second plantings of broccoli is just about to burst into blooms! I think the plant knows that even though it sat almost dormant as a […]

Recipe ~ Original Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad

I picked this cauliflower this morning. It’s purple because I don’t blanch my cauliflower. If you want to grow white cauliflower, when the heads begin to grow, pull the surrounding leaves up and tie them up or pinch with a clothes pin to keep the head shaded. Personally, I like the purple.


First Tomato Harvest!

Ok, I know it’s not impressive to you, but this meager harvest represents the first fruits of my garden this year. That’s impressive to me as I see all the blossoms on the plants and know that I’m going to have a LOT of tomatoes this year. These survived the cold, which cannot be said […]