Monthly Archives: February 2016

Getting Back On The Grid

With the spring starts happily growing indoors and awaiting the last frost date in April, today’s sunny, spring-like* weather meant getting down to the business of putting the square back in square foot gardening. I have tried a few different … Continue reading

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Urban Growing – By The Numbers

200% – the increase in households participating in community gardens from 2008 to 2013 35% – the number of households growing food at home or in a community garden 88% – the number of people that do not garden but … Continue reading

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Don’t Blink

During the past week of business travel my indoor plant starts have grown with the vigor of youth into a verdant and slightly unruly bunch of tweens. The tomatoes from my saved seed are particularly in need of thinning.  I … Continue reading

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Fired Up For Summer

I know it’s a bit early to be thinking about summer and fresh from the garden salsa, but the recipe below for Fire-Roasted (Cherry) Tomato Salsa from the very entertaining Chef John Mitzewich (Food Wishes) sent me back to my … Continue reading

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Tender Beginnings

While winter is having it’s (hopefully) last hurrah outside, I am prepping my indoor garden to be without me for a week while I travel for work. After trying first newspaper pots then peat pots for last year’s starts and … Continue reading

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Pressure Cooker

A couple of weeks ago I was interested in understanding how pressure cookers work and I ran across this aptly titled video by America’s Test Kitchen “Why Chefs Love Pressure Cookers”. I was intrigued with the chefs describing how pressure … Continue reading

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Starting My Garden Early

While Punxsutawney Phil and the meteorologists work out their differing predictions for the end of winter, growers are already hard at work preparing for spring, summer and fall. January plant starts included cabbage, chili peppers, bell peppers and rosemary. Now … Continue reading

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