This year's harvest of potatoes did not disappoint. I haven't picked all of them yet, but I grabbed some to make a side dish for our dinner last evening. These tubers are in the nightshade family. Also, they have been heavily relied upon for sustenance throughout history. They are versatile and tasty. *Note - If you or someone you love struggles with diabetes, you may need to limit your consumption of potatoes. You'll need to talk to your doctor about that. As an alternative, you … [Read more...] about Herbed Roasted Potatoes!
It's time to give you a quick update on the garden! We've been enjoying the bounty this year, that's for sure. The above photo shows some vigorously blooming oregano! In general, my flowers are a little more sparse than usual right now. I'll have to work on that and figure out some "late bloomers" that I can plant next year! Wild Looking Garden At the moment, I have a jungle-like flowerbed just outside one kitchen window. Outhouse Plant The tall plants in that bed are called, "Outhouse … [Read more...] about Garden Update
Are you a fan of the beet? Or not so much? I've always liked beets, but Joel, well, not so much. Then one day, we were at a local eating establishment, and pickled beets were one of his side dishes. He tasted them and liked them! The key was the recipe. It contained some spices that really amped up the tastiness. If you've never eaten store-bought pickled beets, they taste a lot like pure vinegar. I searched through my canning recipe books, as well as online, and then came up with a … [Read more...] about The Beet Goes On|Pickled Beets Recipe
When practicing permaculture, food and flowers can live harmoniously. They can even be one and the same. Even though we have a designated vegetable garden, we don't exclusively plant vegetables there. One of the joys of permaculture, as well as of gardening in general, is the endless way we can combine plants for multiple reasons. This is how to "stack functions," and "stack elements," which are part of the bigger picture in permaculture principles. Let's first … [Read more...] about Food and Flowers in Permaculture
A tour of the vegetable garden is long overdue. I've been hosting guests, working at my day job, contending with weather, and so on. But enough excuses! At long last, here it is! Vegetable Garden in Late July Here are pictures of some of my runner beans. There are Trionfo Violetto plus some Painted Ladies in the background. From farther away, you can see how the beans are climbing this support. (Below) I think I need a taller one! The flowers on the left are Scarlet Runners. From a … [Read more...] about Vegetable Garden Tour