September 1, 2018

Doesn't this sunflower look adorable, like it has a secret it is trying to hide, but is so joyful it can't keep the secret much longer? Sunflowers are truly magical all year round, starting in the Spring when they volunteer to grow in our community garden plots. Of course the blooms in summer, waving high in the sky are welcoming and inspiring. The sturdiness of the stalk feels like houses could be built from them. Bees love the pollen and birds love the se...

July 20, 2018

When making really delicious food, there are key ingredients which have a huge impact, yet we don't need a lot of them. Take herbs for example. I had the most delicious noodle and vegetable dish at a Thai restaurant. I was talking with friends about what they thought made this dish so amazing and we all agreed it was the Thai basil. When visiting garden centers during the glorious early summer excitement of planting, I found a six pack set of Thai basil, wh...

June 17, 2018

Each growing season is full of surprises. Some things grow amazingly beyond belief and other things flop. I like taking chances, planting things way before the Farmer's Almanac might suggest and see what happens. This year, I used hay bales to plant cold weather crops like lettuce, cabbage, kale and broccoli outside during a warm spell in February. Several snowstorms covered this insulated growing system, yet the veggies thrived and were ahead of other crop...

March 15, 2018

Gathering a group of people who want to grow food together on shared land can be a wonderful experience. Tools and tips are shared among gardeners with different experience and expertise. Celebrating your harvest at potluck meals using vegetables you have grown nourishes your bodies and spirits. 

Getting set up can seem a daunting challenge, yet step by step it is quite doable. I've divided the steps into categories, which you can use as a guide during the b...

January 2, 2018

These few beans

Beginning as an idea in shivery February

Searching for what to plant in the spring

Ordering the seeds

Planning where to plant them

Deciding to give all my family and friends big jars of dried beans

Hoping spring comes soon

Carrying out the plan in April

Labeling what is planted where: at the home and community garden

Watering, watching, waiting

Bursting forth with strong stems

Succumbing to hungry slugs, just a few

Planting a few more in the empty spots

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November 30, 2017

One miracle of growing food is simply harvesting each colorful treasure, delighting in the transformation from a tiny seed planted many months ago. After reveling in your pride, the next question is, what to do with all these delightful veggies? Check out these pictures which show harvesting produce, then the delectable food you can make and enjoy. Recipes are after the pictures.

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October 9, 2017

On this misty, unusually warm day in October, I picked a variety of vegetables and flowers at our community garden, knowing deep in my soul, I graduated from a gardener to an urban farmer. Filling this large laundry basket with luscious lettuce, kale, beets, carrots and dill is so rewarding. The produce is being prepared to sell to the Wallkill East Rotary Club, which I am presenting to about an Agriculture Program we plan to start at our HEA...

September 14, 2017

 Harvest season is most rewarding as we reap the fruits and vegetables created through a variety of small steps. Let's look at the progression:

  • Winter planning of what to grow where, ordering, starting and nurturing seedlings inside. Eating sprouts and preserved harvest from last season.

  • Spring planting, weeding, harvesting. Eating fresh greens, asparagus, peas and herbs.

  • Summer watering, harvesting. Preparing salads and pasta dishes. Eati...

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