Bringing the canning kettles up from the basement is a sure sign that the harvest season has begun.
designing a garden
Earlier this spring, I returned after a lecture to a large collection of empty plastic garden pots on my front porch. There was no note, and judging by the plastic plant id tags that were left behind, the only clue I had was that this mystery gardener had been swept away at the nursery and […]
I can grow my garden exactly the way want, which allows me to make a conscious choice to be more relaxed and engage at a slower pace. I’ll still get the job done, and the weeding will never stop. But I am happy to report that perfect is not the goal for this garden season and I like it that way. And I think the plants do, too.
Waiting for the soil to warm and the season to get started, I’ve been looking at pictures of garden designs that I love. I am inspired by the timeless elements these gardens share: low borders around each bed, tidy paths, arbor and a distinctive entrance. All are a beautiful reminder that the ultimate goal is to appear effortless and inviting.
Nothing finer for dinner than a savory tart made with seasonal vegetables. Featured here are three recipes from The Complete Kitchen Garden book: Roasted Vegetable, Carrot Tarragon and Caramelized Leek. Thank you to the Garden Center Association of Greater Kansas City and Powell Gardens for inviting me to Kansas City to teach a cookery class. And to the volunteers who baked tarts to share. Nice work
The open air farmers markets in Germany make the most of fresh winter vegetables, seasonal flowers and herbs, along with farm cheese and fruits, plus traditional hand crafts. Set inside a backdrop of historic cathedrals in village squares with cobblestone streets, it is is an experience that reawakens all of the senses.