1 year ago
  • Slim Pickins of A Winter Garden

    In one of our more exciting endeavors of 2012 — like moving from Maryland to Charlotte and adopting a loveable four-legged friend named Loretta — we started a little backyard veggie garden.

    We’ve learned something crucial: gardens need planning, and sometimes those best-planted plans go astray.

    Squirrels or some other annoying critter will gnaw away at those beet seedlings you were really excited about.You’ll easily drop $150 bucks or more on DIRT. Want to plant spinach in late fall for a winter harvest? Um no, you’ll have to wait until early spring for that to mature. Too busy or forgot to water a few days in a row? Nice job — you just killed the kale. And as Scott learned, spraying insecticidal soap on plants in full sun will annihilate your veggies to deep-fried sadness.

    Right now we have carrots taking their sweet time to mature, some bitter arugula, cilantro, parsley, a sad little sage plant, rapini, four Brussels sprouts that have really bolted since planting in September, and some survivor kale that won’t die despite our worst efforts.

    It’s been a test of patience and work ethic to tend to these little plots out back. But it’s also wonderful.

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    #winter  
    #2012  
    #oysters  
    #arugula  
    #rapini  

  • 1 year ago
  • I just massaged some kale.

It was glorious.

Fall salads are hot.

    I just massaged some kale.

    It was glorious.

    Fall salads are hot.

    #salads  
    #fall  

  • 1 year ago
    1 year ago
  • Pasta with sausage, arugula and crispy bread crumbs. Recipe from the Nov. issue of Real Simple (most of Real Simple is Real Expensive or Real Dull, but I like their food section); arugula from our garden. :-)

    Pasta with sausage, arugula and crispy bread crumbs. Recipe from the Nov. issue of Real Simple (most of Real Simple is Real Expensive or Real Dull, but I like their food section); arugula from our garden. :-)

    #recipes  
    #pasta  

  • 1 year ago
  • Nothing starts the day like a little taste of Toe Jam. 

Tangerine, Orange, Elderberry, from the Tomato Shack in Boone, NC.

    Nothing starts the day like a little taste of Toe Jam.

    Tangerine, Orange, Elderberry, from the Tomato Shack in Boone, NC.

    #jam  

  • 1 year ago
  • Freshly clipped bok Choy and cilantro from our garden.
Perfect for an Asian soup to feed my pitiful sick gentleman friend.

    Freshly clipped bok Choy and cilantro from our garden.
    Perfect for an Asian soup to feed my pitiful sick gentleman friend.

    #garden  

  • 1 year ago