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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

It’s Spring….sort of

With Snow On The Ground We were so happy a couple of weeks ago when Spring officially arrived and the weather acted accordingly.  I even started tomato and chili pepper seedlings in the hope that we may have a longer growing season.  But we were fooled. We woke up to three inches of snow on the... Continue Reading →

Growing Kaffir Lime From Seeds

Much Easier Than You Think Kaffir lime (Citrus hystrix) has many benefits, in both food and medicinal.  Using its leaves is much common in cooking.  Fruit is too sour to use but rind is also used in cooking.  I love the scent of its crushed leaf and have been using them in my cooking.  The... Continue Reading →

Tomatoes And Chili Peppers

Time To Start Seedlings Tomatoes and chili peppers are a staple in our vegetable garden.  We love trying new kinds of tomatoes for both color and taste.  Once we find the one we like we cull seeds to grow the year after.  Four kinds of tomato we have been growing every year because they have a... Continue Reading →

Cold Frame – Spring

Early Start I finally had a chance to do something in the garden.  My spring itch has subsided a little bit once I had the chance to get my hands dirty.   The garden is still covered with a foot or so of snow that is slowly melting away.  We made a path to the bird... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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