Herbs from Seed?

A couple of posts ago, I raved about the heavenly scent of my new Holy basil seedlings. Some of you may be wondering what other herbs would be worth purchasing seed for, so I thought I’d give you a run-down on what I successfully grew from seed last year, as well as what isn’t worth…

The Great Asparagus Experiment

Okay, maybe it’s not going to be that “great.” And maybe it’s not soooo experimental. I mean, other people have grown asparagus from seed. But the “normal” way to start an asparagus bed is to buy crowns: the roots of one- or two-year-old plants. Starting a bed with nothing more than a packet of seeds…

Caring for Seedlings

Well, the seeds I started almost three weeks ago are full-fledged seedlings now. They’re the plant equivalents of toddlers. No longer content to stay where I put them, they’re declaring their newfound independence by straining towards the sun. All of them have true leaves now—not just those run-of-the-mill round or oblong cotyledons that first break…

Slow-Cooked French Dip Sandwiches

These sandwiches are sooo good and one of the easiest meals to make as long as you plan ahead. They cook on Low for 24 hours and it takes very little effort to shred them. Really the only stipulation is to start with a frozen chuck steak or roast. This recipe was in my Healthy…

Organic Fertilizer to Mix at Home

I’ve been writing a lot lately about my early failures in the garden. My hope is that some of you whose first experiences in the vegetable patch have been less than stellar will be inspired to keep trying, knowing that sometimes a year or two of experience goes a long way. I’m also hoping that…

Building a Cold Frame

One of my gardening dreams is to have a greenhouse. It doesn’t have to be enormous, just a pretty little affair like Lynnette’s over at Chooks and Roots blog, where I can grow a few prized tropical plants all year long. (Tomatoes… lemons… limes… bananas… mangoes… coffee… okay, maybe it’s going to have to be…

The Best Meatballs Ever

These meatballs are more like meatloaf — they wouldn’t taste right with spaghetti but on their own, as a main dish, they are sooooo good. I got the recipe from my Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook that Sharon gave me for Christmas. We’ve already had it twice and it’s a testament to how good they are…

Beef and Macaroni Dinner

Much better than hamburger helper, but just about as easy. Ingredients: 1 lb. ground beef (I used 70/30) A little under 1 lb. of elbow macaroni 8 oz. + 15 oz. tomato sauce Onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper Pinch of red pepper flakes Directions: Brown the ground beef and drain off fat….

Spring Is Not Too Late for Garlic

Garlic is best planted in the fall, I know. And I did plant some in the fall. Last October, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange sent me three beautiful bulbs of Inchelium Red softneck garlic, and when they arrived, I quickly scanned the accompanying directions, broke up the cloves, and got them into the ground. Except for…

The Digging Days…of Winter?

When I said in my last post that my first gardening efforts were hampered because I hadn’t yet discovered digging, I was only partly kidding. It’s true that I rarely wielded a shovel in that garden. To start my beds, I marked out some squares of lawn with nails and string, and my dad took…