This has to be the wackiest winter we’ve ever seen in Syracuse. It feels like North Carolina, not northern New York. I’ve been walking past the garden, thinking about the garlic nestled down in the dirt, the asparagus that will be some of our earliest veggies, and the parsnips, getting sweeter by the day.
Get this – a woman who put a garden in her yard has run afoul of the law! Cities often lag well behind positive practices for a variety of reasons. But Oak Park is impressively clueless, and probably qualifies for some kind of award. As I understand it, the whole thing stemmed from a neighbor’s [Read More…]
My doc’s got me on a paleo diet for 30 days as part of a process to figure out what foods I might be allergic to. I’d be totally depressed, not eating any dairy, any grains, any legumes, if it weren’t for the joys of the garden. How can you feel deprived when this is [Read More…]
When you marry cooking to gardening, something very exciting happens to the cooking. You get handed a very specific set of ingredients, always varying with the season, never to return until a whole year later. So your thought in the moment of standing in the garden is, “How can I get the most and the [Read More…]
Just a few pictures of what’s left from last year, what’s coming out of the garden right now – that’s the ides of March, folks – and what we can look forward to. I love this time of year! Is it spring? Is it winter?
It’s March, which means it’s that magical time when we can start harvesting one of my favorite vegetables: parsnips. They’re sweet now, having been through the winter, and so aromatic. But mostly they’re a vegetable fresh from the garden, something we haven’t seen for a few months.
My dad is an excellent gardener – of flowers. To my knowledge, he has never grown a single thing that one can actually eat, but I learned a heap about plants while taking care of those childhood flower gardens. Dad’s a designer, of interior spaces and exterior gardens. He’s also a product of a 200-year-old [Read More…]
A lot of snow fell over the past four days – like about 43 inches of it. No big deal for Syracuse. I like the nice thick blanket that now covers my garden, so full of food still.
When I first knew Dave about a dozen years ago, he didn’t know the difference between a tulip and a daffodil. Now he spends so much time in the garden, weeding and differentiating between leaves that used to look all the same to him, I call him Farmer Dave. Last winter he chose the Poona [Read More…]
One of the first vegetables any child plants, and one of the first to mature in the garden, is the lovely radish. So round, so brightly colored red on the outside and so intensely white on the inside. What’s not to like? The taste! I hate radishes. Always have.
All this gardening is really about losing the lawn. We simply both hate to mow. It’s loud, it’s stinky, and it’s thankless in wet Syracuse because, like dishes and dust, it just keeps coming back. On top of that, it’s not ecologically sound. Here’s what I found at this cool site, City Dirt:
And basil! These are in abundance right now. Salad. Greens (from the market) Lots of basil leaves Sliced fresh strawberries Sliced jicama (or other crunchy veggie) Crumbled gorgonzola Chopped honey glazed cashews (or other nut) Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar Sea salt, fresh ground black pepper Yum!
We’ve been gone for the past twelve days. The day before we left, we stuck seeds and a few little plants in the ground. Our dear neighbor watered faithfully while we were gone. The weather was warm. And Oh – My – God! Look what happened!
Wouldn’t you know, the day we’ve been waiting for… when the first strawberry in the big patch we made last year is finally ripe enough to eat, and we’re in New York City! My neighbor kindly sent us a picture of the new baby berry: