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Category: Edible Gardening

Make It: Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

This summer salad is perfect for summer picnics and as a dinner side! You can use fresh veggies from your garden, and change the mix based on what is in season!  Source: Life Made Simple: Recipes For Real Life 1 lb. pasta 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved 1 yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise then sliced 1 zucchini,…

Pumpkin Possibilities!

Between the lively outdoor activities of summer and the chilling winds of winter, comes the nip in the air that speaks of change. This changes begins the wonderful transitional time of fall. The pumpkins show their vibrancy of color as the plants prepare to go dormant. They’re not only pretty to use in decorating, but they can also be cooked to make enjoyable meals, breads or desserts.

Get your Garden Ready for Summer!

With our most recent March snowstorm, thinking about our spring and summer gardens might not be the most important project on our minds. However, snowy, cold, late winter days are perfect times to start planning for your best garden ever. You can start getting your garden ready today!

It starts with creating your garden plan. I like doing mine on graph paper so as to plan my garden to scale.

Next, it’s time to order seeds and get ready to start them indoors or make a list of the number of plants you will need per your garden plan. Once the weather breaks, it’s time to clean the garden of any debris that accumulated during winter. That’s exactly where garden pests like to hang out. As soon as the garden can be worked, start tilling the soil, while adding a generous amount of compost just before you till. All plants love and benefit from a good dose of compost every year.

Thanksgiving Dishes from the Garden

With the Holiday’s coming up, we wanted to share some recipes with you from Cooking Light! Its a great time to use up any of your root veggies from your garden!

The recipes are a great twist on classic holiday dishes, and on the healthier side as well.

We hope you try them out!

Pan Roasted Veggies

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound peeled cubed butternut squash (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-in. pieces (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 8 ounces small Yukon Gold potatoes, halved
  • Cooking spray

Garden Fresh Smoothie

By now your garden should be in full production and your neighbors are probably sick of all the squash and tomatoes you have been sharing. I guess that’s what it really is all about…

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When To Start Planting

Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this article all of the snow is gone and it’s time to plant…maybe!

If the weather isn’t co-operating for planting, now would be the time to start your spring clean-up.  I always start with a clean garden…leaves and debris raked up and removed. This is also a good time to get your garden tilled.  It’s good for the garden and will help the soil to warm up faster.

Pumpkins 101

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies

Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.”

Pilgrim verse, circa 1633

A little history of the Pumpkin… The word pumpkin originates from the Greek word Pepon and believed to have originated in the ancient Americas. Early Native Americans used the pumpkins as a food source, cooking it in many different ways and using the Blossoms in stews. Without pumpkins Native Americans may not have survived through the harsh winters. The dried shells were used as bowls and storage containers. The seeds were used as medicine.…

Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

When: August 8th Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Now that’s nasty! But hey, what are you going to do with an endless supply of zucchini fruit? Experienced gardeners know that Zucchini is one of the most prolific plants in all of the gardening world. A single plant produces a seemingly endless supply…

Tips For a Thriving Vegetable Garden

I have always believed that a thriving & productive vegetable garden really starts during the previous fall when we put our gardens to bed. That includes cleaning all of the waste in your garden and being sure to pick up and or rake out any residual spoiled vegetables that are laying on the ground. Especially tomatoes…because tomato blights from rotten tomatoes left in the garden will winter over and infect your new plantings for the upcoming season.