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How to Grow Vegetables in Containers

I have several friends who would like to grow a few vegetables this winter but do not have the space for raised beds. For them, container gardening is a viable way to go. I have seen many unsuccessful attempts at growing vegetables in containers, and the number one reason they fail is that they […]

Recipe – Cool Creamy Cucumber Soup

This basic soup can be made using a number of different methods, and the Internet is full of recipes. Here’s my version of this wonderfully fresh cold soup.

4 large English or unwaxed cucumbers, seeded and rough chopped, plus 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped for garnish 1 can chicken or vegetable stock […]

Grow Your Own

Last year, my brother Dick purchased an AeroGarden. He lives in Iowa and wanted to grow herbs during the winter months. He also wanted a garden that produced a lot with very little work or time involved in maintaining it. The AeroGarden was a perfect solution for him. He purchased one of the […]

Building Your Trellises

Another advantage of square foot gardening is that you can grow vining crops vertically, saving much garden space. The first year I had my garden, we built trellises out of 2″ wood lathe strips. These worked ok for the first year, but quickly deteriorated to the point where they were not usable the second year. […]

Rosy Red Radishes!

Radishes are fun to plant because they grow so quickly from seed. Usually about 30 days after planting, they’re ready to harvest. Children love growing radishes because they see the fruit of their labor while the other vegetables in the garden are no where near ready to harvest.

They come in a variety of […]

Recipe – Pickled Aubergines

This recipe can be modified to use any vegetable and herb combination. I credit Jamie Oliver again for this recipe; it’s from his “Jamie at Home” series. I just love how he […]

In the Garden

These zinnias poking out between my broccoli plants were not only natural bug repellers, but were so pretty. Zinnias and marigolds make great garden companions. They add a splash of color to your beautiful garden.

I love the hymn In the Garden. The words ring true for my heart:

I come to the garden […]

How Does Your Corn Field Grow?

This is a photo of my first corn field at about 5 weeks old. That first year I tucked flowers in everywhere and in every bed. Here I put zinnias in the front row. This was a mistake. They were beautiful, but that row only produced 2 ears. As you can see, planting them at […]

Aubergines

Aubergine is another name for eggplant. My father hated eggplant, so my mom had to sneak it into dishes, as it was a favorite vegetable of hers. I often wonder if she had called it an aubergine if my dad would have liked it!

The grocery stores are filled with the variety black beauty, […]

Recipe – Green Bean Soup

Another of my mom’s great recipes, this one is a favorite of mine. It’s good hot or cold.

2 lbs. fresh green beans, any style, ends trimmed and cut into 2″ pieces

2 lbs. potatoes, scrubbed and cut into medium dice

1 large white onion, medium dice

32 oz sour cream (large container)

1/4 […]