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Buying Seedlings

Shopping for vegetable seedlings can be confusing. Just with tomato plants alone there are many varieties and types of seedlings. Going to the local home store’s huge nursery can be a fun trip if you know what you’re going to plant. The problem is, they may not have what you want to plant. But […]

Another Plan for Your Raised Beds

Here is another plan for one of your 4′ x 4′ raised beds. To me, the main reason for gardening is the tomatoes, so I always dedicate one or two of my beds to tomatoes and the accompanying herbs and onions that compliment the tomatoes.

As you can see in this bed, I have four […]

Recipe – Marrakesh Carrots

5 lbs organic carrots, scrubbed and sliced thinly 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley 3 lemons, zested and juiced, about 2 tsp zest and 1/3 cup juice 1 Tbsp cumin 1 Tbsp paprika 4 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/2 – 3/4 cup extra virgin […]

Recipe – Broasted Fingerling Potatoes

This past week at Costco we picked up a big bag of fingerling potatoes for under $8. If you’ve never made these tender, flavorful spuds, try them some time. We love them. I’ve boiled them, roasted them, steamed them, but found that the best method of preparing these little spudlets is to braise them in […]

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 […]

The Effects of the Cold

I’ve been talking with quite a few south Florida gardeners lately and we’ve all come to the same conclusion: the long cold winter really stunted a lot of our crops. My basil never got nice and tall like it usually does, and although it’s still growing, I don’t have the abundance of basil that […]

Recipe – Tabouli Salad

I always keep a box or two of tabouli or bulgur wheat in my pantry. This is the time of year when I make it on a regular basis, having loads of cherry tomatoes, fresh parsley, dill and mint in the garden. There are many variations on this salad; this is how I like […]

Recipe – Cherry Tomato Salad

This is one of Ina Garten’s recipes, except that I added garlic to it. It’s superb.

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes 1/2 c. diced red onion – small dice 2 Tbsp. good white wine vinegar 5 Tbsp. good extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 1/4 cup basil leaves, sliced […]

Recipe – Marcia Bentz’s Marinated Tomatoes

When I was a child, we used to vacation in northern Michigan at Dick and Marcia Bentz’s cabin near Gaylord. Dick was a hunting buddy of my dad’s, and Marcia and Mom were very dear friends. Marcia was a great cook and grew her own vegetables. One day she brought out this […]