Gilding Lilies, Golden Strawberries & Silver Blueberries

Gilding Lilies, Golden Strawberries & Silver Blueberries

Last week I held an early little holiday preview party with Lowes (who sponsors a monthly column on this website)  which I am excited to tell you about (later).  The event was a pre-season sort of get-ready thing that comes with the territory of being involved in the media (logically, holiday stuff is done way…

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Have you noticed that vegetable gardening is hip again? I love this trend that Americans of all ages are experimenting with growing their own food. Whether their vegetables and fruit are being grown to supplement food from the grocery store or if the intent is to eat mostly from the garden, vegetable gardening (and horticulture)…

IMHO: The Best Raised Garden Beds

IMHO: The Best Raised Garden Beds

I thought I would revisit an old post today.  Originally written back in 2008 when I first started this blog – I had the year before bought and installed raised beds from from The Farmstead.  I was a big fan then and I am still a big fan now.  I am finally able to start to…

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

The closer we get to spring, the more I am longing for some bright light. Yesterday, as the kids were off from school, we spent some time out in the cold, winter landscape. Even though the ground is covered with over a foot of snow, the day was sunny and bright. I love seeing folks…

A Winter Herb Garden

A Winter Herb Garden

Is the cold getting to you?  I have to admit I was ok with it until I came home from holiday traveling to zapped plants in my sun porch (which normally is a great place to over-winter –  cool but frost free – but you know how it goes with a Polar Vortex…things change).  You…

The Mushroom Shot

The Mushroom Shot

Have you ever come across an image whose contents elicit a whole host of mental questions? I’m still sourcing images for the book (only one more week!) and in my work, I came across this: It is from a stock photography site and the only real description for it is the word ‘Russian’.  This obviously…

Rose Hips (and the Roses they Go With)

Rose Hips (and the Roses they Go With)

I know I’ve shared with you my general ambivalence towards roses.  But I am softening – a little – primarily because I love rose hips.  And if a rambling flower can come along with those abundant fall fruits, well then perhaps I can get over my rose cringing. The last few years I have been…

A Natural Kitchen

A Natural Kitchen

Cold, flu and winter allergy season has already started in our house.  When the heat came on a few weeks back I was instantly plagued with intense allergy symptoms (I have a mouse allergy and I  have finally figured out that those little buggers – and their nastiness – are all over inside my old house…

Making Sloe Gin

Making Sloe Gin

This is one of those crazy weeks and for some reason I feel compelled to pile it on.  Today I have an exciting lunch meeting to plan some fall classes in the barn (more to come on that). Then later tonight, I’ll be laughing til I’m sick with David Sedaris.  Tomorrow I’m hosting a little…

A Late Season Tomato Save

A Late Season Tomato Save

I confess my vegetable garden this year sucks.  I blame the book project….you just can’t do everything. Despite my negligence, I do have peppers, corn (I got in just one planting) and tomatoes (both from starts and volunteers) and basil.  Everything else has either been eaten by the woodchuck, was never planted, or  succumbed to…