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Saturdays in the Garden 2015

Get my newsletter by signing up here! As a young professional working in the news business, I didn’t think I had time to garden.  So, on a summer trip home to see my folks, they sent me home with an entire paper bag loaded down with homegrown tomatoes.  Somehow they survived the trip in the […]

Continue Reading By on May 9, 2015 in agriculture, farm, garden, organic

Saturdays in the Garden: #FlourSackMamaGarden

Abundant tomatoes for juicy eating and preserving, convenient lettuces & herbs just outside the kitchen door, our own organic strawberry patch — all enticing reasons to grow our own little organic family garden. It’s time for 0ur Saturdays in the Garden series to hibernate for the winter.  While we’ve been harvesting late batches of leaf […]

Continue Reading By on October 31, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic

Saturdays in the Garden: Pumpkin Harvest

Can pumpkins coexist with tomato plants?  They did in our little organic garden this summer! No, we didn’t plan in that way.  It’s just that I frugally reused compost from a section of the bin that contained several of last year’s pumpkin seeds.  Then several pumpkin plants cheerfully made themselves at home along the fence […]

Continue Reading By on October 4, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic

Saturdays in the Garden: Completing Tomato Seed Saving

Don’t you wonder who the first person was to discover that letting something sit and ferment can be a good thing?  Even for organic gardening, where it’s common to play in the dirt and appreciate microorganisms, this seed saving method seems pretty gross. We told you last week about our beginning efforts to save tomato […]

Continue Reading By on September 13, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic, seeds
preparing tomato seeds for fermenting and saving

Saturdays in the Garden: Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Are you saving your own garden seeds for next year?  It’s fun to try, even if you plan on purchasing seeds from an heirloom seed company, as well.  We’ve been pleased with the flavor of the Brandywine and Yellow bell varieties we’ve grown this summer, so we wanted to save some seeds. The process of […]

Continue Reading By on September 6, 2014 in agriculture, food, gardening, green, organic, pioneer, seeds

Saturdays in the Garden: Picking & Preserving Vegetables

Was the planning and planting followed by watering and weeding really worth it?  Late summer is a fun time to enjoy the harvest of your gardening work.  After growing up around conventional gardening with its extensive use of toxic pesticides, it’s been especially satisfying to harvest basket after basket of fresh, organic food for my […]

Continue Reading By on August 16, 2014 in agriculture, food, garden, organic