Category Gardening

CSA Challenge Week One: Featuring Greens

This year, my husband and I have started getting a half-share from a CSA. I’m trying to challenge myself to use as much seasonal produce as possible and will share on the blog how I do so. Here’s what we received the first week: Garlic Scapes, Chard, Radishes, Lettuce, Carrots, Strawberries, and Snap Peas. Here’s […]


The other day, I was wishing that life was like a fairy tale where there was constant magic. All the while my cat Grimus, who always knows when I’m sad, was sitting on my lap. And I almost missed it. *** The other day, I went outside, and found this radish had sprouted in the […]


Home grown tomatoes are one of my favorite things in the world. It’s their smell that I like the best. They smell like the earth and the sunshine at the same time. I remember picking tomatoes from my backyard one summer when I was very young – maybe six years old. Then, like now, I […]

Allowing Summer

I think of summer as a mythical state of slowness, that I haven’t actually achieved since I was in elementary school.  As I wrote that sentence, I had the lyrics “summertime and the living is easy” running through my head, along with images from Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Instead of sinking into this kind of […]

In Season: Fava Beans

Last fall, we planted fava beans as a cover crop.  I loved seeing their green sprouts all winter long.  In the spring, they seemed to visibly grow each sunny day, and blossomed with black and white flowers.  As it turns out, they’re also delicious and nutritious.  Fava beans are high in protein, iron, and potassium – […]

Mustard Greens (Growing and a Recipe)

Mustard greens are an incredibly easy plant to grow. In Oregon, I sow the seeds in late fall. The plants will be small as they overwinter, but in the spring they will begin shooting up. Mustard greens can grow amazingly tall, and form yellow flowers. Anupy Singla, one of my favorite cookbook writers, says that […]

Easter Planting

Last Easter, my husband and I ended up spending most of the afternoon in the garden.  We didn’t plan it that way – it just happened to be a nice day and we seized the moment.  As I was working, smelling the rain-dampened lavender, I realized that this was a tradition we should continue with.  […]


I have been having a tough month.  Not tough in the way some other months have been – there hasn’t been a majorly upsetting life event, or a lot of physical troubles, or anything like that.  It’s been more of a slog than anything else.  February can often be that way, I think. Earlier this […]


Recently, I got the cookbook Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas from the library. I’ve been on the holds list since this summer, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this excited about a cookbook. No matter what your dietary preferences, we should all be eating more greens.  At the beginning of the […]


Autumn is a time of contradictions.  The crispness and color feel like a fresh start; but at the same time, we know it’s the end, and winter’s right around the corner. Watching the leaves fall should remind us of the power of letting go; yet, we see the squirrels scurrying around with their walnuts, and know […]

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