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Category: Gardening

Spaghetti Squash

Last week I introduced my kids to spaghetti squash. They were happily eating away when I crowed about them eating “squash.” The mistake I made was in calling it “squash”. I should have just called it “noodles,” which I tried to do to salvage the meal, but it was too late. I love spaghetti squash. […]

Fresh herbed butter

Whether from a garden, the farmer’s market, or the local grocery, fresh herbs are a good buy as the summer herb harvest comes in. My neighbor gave me a sheaf of 3-foot-tall dill stems yesterday. The first thing I did was mince some and blend it into softened butter for a tangy twist on grilled […]

Natural Pest Control for the Garden

Something is eating my spinach leaves. I do believe this is the dirty work of little caterpillars, but it could be something else. I know for sure that it is not the work of the baby cat face spider I saw roaming among the leaves of my lettuce garden this spring (we were thrilled to […]

Who is really in charge here?

Check out this talk by one of my favorite authors, Michael Pollan, a natural historian whose book The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World introduced me to a whole new way of thinking about our world many years ago. In this clip he discusses a topic from his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: […]

Rainbow Chard Sauteed with Mushrooms

One of my goals with my garden this year is to use the gardening experience to get my kids excited about eating green leafy vegetables. They helped me select the seedlings, prepare the soil, and set the plants. They’ve helped me with the watering and have been excited to check the progress of growth. So […]