Kitchen Garden

February Garden Tasks

Dada! Indoor seed starting. Some hate it, I love it! 200 pepper seeded in late January, up-potted and looking rather good. Peppers take along time to grow: they need to be well established in the garden before summer heat parks itself over us. When it’s […]

The Eleventh Day Of Christmas

It is that time of the year again… the shrouded lower garden with greens still holding on under their protective cover after a cold spell with temperatures down to 11 F (-12C).

I Do Give A Fig!

This post first appeared – with minor modifications and without pictures – as an article “A Fig Tree In Virginia” in the September 8, 2011 issue of the Rappahannock News. It’s a tad late (I know!) since we are at the end of fig season […]

On Discontent

The August garden is again this year most unsatisfactory. An almost total absence of rain, high temperatures and high humidity make for a discontented gardener and a stressed garden.

Postcard From The Hollow

Elle est belle ma campagne… She’s is greening, pastures growing for cattle and sheep… In the garden, things are also fattening (lettuce & mustard greens) and  pushing up: fava beans up (yeah!!!!), peas 2 inches tall, potatoes, and first asparagus tip showing its purple nose […]

Spring Garden Rituals

She is here, you know. The blooming maples are splashing the hills red, the garden’s awashed in the yellows of daffodils and forsythias. Snow drops, winter aconites and reticulate iris seem a distant memory already: our hearts rejoiced in the brave little show they put […]

The End of Summer

Summer is leaving with a trail of rain… and about time too. Summer raged – hot dry –  into April and never lightened up until just now when we can finally say “good by”! I’ll be glad to see you again next year. Meanwhile, let’s […]

On The Fall Garden

I am finally now working on the fall garden. Earlier sowings this month just did not make it: it was too hot and too dry for germination. A little rain though, and arugula, cilantro and dill are popping up. Yesterday I pulled  the corn stalks […]

On Tomatoes – Finally

I’ve been waiting for them not- so-patiently. It’s probably been the hardest year in the garden since we moved here – at least when comparing input to output. It’s been a rough year weather- wise, following several years of rough-weather. This year we had no […]

More On Tomatoes

Early Girl is blushing! The rest of them Amish Paste, Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, San Marzano,White Wonder et all are actually looking pretty good. Just not ripening yet!