Category Archives: Early Crops

Fresh Food With A Local Twist

And who can blame me if I sneak in some stunning rattail radishes? These intriguing creatures are grown not for their smallish roots but for their elongated, curvaceous seedpods in glossy purple or deep green. (The actual name is Raphanus caudatus, also called Rat’s Tail Radish or Dragon’s Tail). As an often lazy gardener who likes to let root crops bloom for the bees, I discovered the spicy flavor and crunchy spunk of radish seed pods years ago. Ordinary radish seed pods are good, but these curly girls are fabulous on the plate and the palate alike. Continue reading

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Saving All the Bees

Nectar is not the only attraction in a well stocked garden, so don’t get bugged by bugs. Having a haze of insects hovering over your beds will just about guarantee you a host of birds (even hummers need protein as well as sweet desserts) as well as butterflies. Housing helps too; many grasses (especially stipas) are butterfly friendly host plants, while roses offer building material to leaf cutter bees along with their pollen and nectar. That’s a large part of why I tidy now, in late winter and early spring instead of in autumn; putting off the work protect and supports native pollinators and when I finally get around to it, there’s a lot less to do, since so much as self-composted in place. Continue reading

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Roots, Shoots, And Garden Based Broths

Print PDFDaikon, Ginger And Lemon Grass My town is blessed with some awe inspiring restaurants, among which my favorite noodle joint stands out. This humble place offers the usual assortment of pho dishes, all very tasty, but their vegetarian broth … Continue reading

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Home Grown Figs Inside Or Out

Print PDFA Fabulous Fig Feast The high summer heat of August brings many garden treasures to fruition, from tomatoes, tomatillos, and peppers to peaches, persimmons, and plums. Amongst all this bounty, the first ripe figs stand out for their luscious, … Continue reading

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