My sister Banu who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a lovely home and a beautiful garden. Banu is an avid gardener just like my Mom and me. But she is crazier than me when it comes to gardening. She enjoys it so much that just like my Mom she will spend hours in her backyard and lose track of time.
Growing potatoes at home is so easy, that I have to admit I was surprised at how a novice vegetable gardener like myself could grow potatoes from sprouts that had formed on my potatoes in my potato basket. Continue reading Homegrown Potatoes→
Well, I waited as long as I could to take out all the summer vegetable plants, especially the tomato plants that were looking pretty sad but still had plenty of fruit. I thought the tomatoes would get ripe since we have been getting some 90-degree temperatures lately, but nothing is happening on those bushes, nada. The tomatoes are just sitting happily on the vines, doing absolutely nothing. They are just green, and it looks like time stood still. I couldn’t stand it anymore, and finally this past weekend I harvested all the green tomatoes and chopped down the tomato plants. I noticed with a batch of green tomatoes that we harvested a couple of weeks ago, that when they sit in a bowl indoors they do slowly start ripening. I’ll do the same with this last tomato harvest of the season.
Looking at these green tomatoes I recalled a movie I watched years ago back in 1991 called Fried Green Tomatoes. I remembered liking the movie a lot as it had a great storyline set in Alabama about an unlikely friendship between a young waitress at a local diner and an elderly lady she volunteers to give company to at a Senior Citizen’s Home. I also remembered that it was the first time I had heard of fried green tomatoes. Continue reading Fried Green Tomatoes. Last Harvest of the Season→
The Healing Garden. Gardening for the Mind, Body, and Soul by Gay Search is a wonderful resource on gardening whether you are starting a garden from scratch, or just changing a part of your garden. Though I bought this book many years ago, I find the information in it to be relevant and applicable even today.
This is an excellent book on how to grow and maintain a garden that speaks to all our senses including touch, smell, color and even spiritual components to the garden are addressed in this book. The author Gay Search looks at many aspects of gardening and shows us how it is more than just plants that go into a garden. She shows us how a garden can be a refuge for us to escape into another world, where for a few minutes you can be transported to a peaceful place. Continue reading The Healing Garden by Gay Search→
Our friends Aaron and Karen recently gave us a giant zucchini from their vegetable garden. Folks, this veggie was over 18 inches long! I had the girls hold it so you get an idea of how big this zucchini was.
Hitesh really likes to pick up these multi-colored cauliflowers from the local farmer’s market. They come in purple, orange, and yellow. I wasn’t sure how these cauliflowers would taste, would they taste the same as the white cauliflower? How do I cook it? What is the flavor?
Our veggie patch with our raised beds are prepped and ready to be planted with new veggie seedlings. It’s mid April already and we need to get started soon. We have been eagerly waiting for the Master Gardener’s Plant Sale this year as we had such great success with the veggie plants we bought from them last year.
Every April there is a plant sale called Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Market. This is a plant fair for garden lovers. Hundreds of vendors selling all sorts of plants, gardening tools, and accessories can be found at this fair. But what they are mostly coveted for is their selection of vegetable seedlings that the Master Gardeners program sells at this fair. Continue reading Master Gardeners Spring Garden Market→