Grow Your Own Food
Homemade tea blends make wonderful gifts for the tea lovers on your list. As a New England native, I grew up drinking tea. There was tea in the morning. Tea during dinner. Tea in the afternoon. Tea and toast before bed. There wasn’t much a good cup of tea couldn’t solve. There still isn’t. Although […]
Do you still have large, ripe cucumbers lurking in your garden? Don’t throw them away, make pickles. We had a beautiful October here in the Mid-Columbia, but the time has come to clean out the garden. Sadly. I have been concentrating on the late tomato harvest, but that is over. Now it’s on to green […]
Poor Cinderella. She wouldn’t get to the Ball in a coach made from this pumpkin! Now that the 100 degree days have gone, the pumpkins finally decided to start growing. Just in time for the plants to die. Sigh. I have had a garden for many years, yet I still have annual challenges. This Cinderella […]
Do you sometimes feel like your garden is toying with you? Me too. Here’s what I learned this year. 1. Sick plants make for a sick garden; or – don’t buy sick plants from the grocery store. Last spring I felt quite lucky to stumble upon some cheap cheap cheap tomato seedlings at the grocery […]
I am finally admitting that summer is over and have cleaned out the garden. This late season harvest yielded butternut and fairy squashes, tiny cherry tomatoes, purple carrots, and over-ripe cucumbers that will be turned into a family favorite pickle. What goodies did your late season garden provide?
Sometimes zucchini grows scary-big! This zucchini got “lost” in the zucchini patch. It was so large when I found it, that I almost expected a scene from Little Shop of Horrors! It’s been too hot for most of the heirloom tomatoes this year, but the zucchini doesn’t seem to be suffering.
The heirlooms are finally here. Every year I plant several different heirloom tomato plants. This year they went in the ground early, grew lush and green, set lots of tomatoes, and then everything stopped. I don’t have hardly any ripe tomatoes and now many of the plants are looking quite ill. I guess tomatoes aren’t […]
Cucumbers are taking over the garden! This year I planted several different kinds of cucumbers. In fact, I just used leftover seed from last year and the year before, not really sure if they would germinate and grow. No fear – they are growing like wildfire. Good thing I love picking and eating fresh cukes!
Even in a drought year, it is still possible to grow a lush, low water garden. The Mid-Columbia region in eastern Washington is home to commercial fruit orchards, large and small vineyards, acres of potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and onions, and legions of backyard gardeners. It’s the perfect place to grow your own fruits and vegetables. We […]