Growing Tamarind From Seeds

Trial And Error I love eating Sweet Tamarind and spicy tamarind candy so much so that I forgot it has a laxative property.  Tamarind juice is also used in many beverages and cooking.  You cannot make real Pad Thai or Massaman curry without tamarind juice.  Young leaves and flowers are also good in cooking.  The juice is also good as a non-toxic polisher for brass and … Continue reading Growing Tamarind From Seeds

Flowers for Pollinators II

Vegetables And Herbs As I mentioned in the previous post, I left some vegetables and herbs flowering for pollinators and for seeds.  It also helps to draw beneficial insects into the vegetable patch.  The downside is that these beneficial insects don’t discriminate, they eat anything they can grab, honeybees and bumblebees included.  But we never have to spray our vegetables. There are many more herbs and vegetables in … Continue reading Flowers for Pollinators II

Between Winter And Spring

Time to Start Seedlings There are still a few feet of snow in the garden and the temperature remains below the freezing point.  There’s no sign of spring in sight aside from a few confused American Goldfinches that have started to molt early.  We chiseled a path around the house but not much else. House bound, pretty much. Reading books and plant catalogs keep me busy in … Continue reading Between Winter And Spring

Morel Morals

A Missed Opportunity When there’s not much to do in the garden, it’s a time to look back to see what mistakes and what accomplishments I have made during the season.  What can be improved.  What to avoid.  The things I’ve learned this year about our garden are a comedy of errors. There are a few different types of mushrooms growing on our property but I don’t know … Continue reading Morel Morals

Winter Vegetables

Getting Ready For Winter There is not much left in the vegetable garden especially after temperatures dropped below 20º F.  I didn’t have time to cover the plants outside the cold frame: Mizuna, Broccoli Raab, Scallion, and Mustard Green.  But they perked up a little bit once the temperature climbed above 50º F.  Heavy snow is predicted for today so I harvested some Mizuna and Swiss … Continue reading Winter Vegetables