It’s been a very cool spring, and though some parts of the garden have been slow because of that, our rhubarb plants are becoming gigantic. With stalks an inch thick or more and leaves like elephant ears, we are pretty happy with them.
Summer is always a busy time of year for us. The kids are out of school but involved in activities, so Chauffeur Mom is still on duty. The garden requires daily work harvesting, watering, and weeding, and then there’s all those tomatoes, about 50 pounds so far, that need to be eaten and preserved. Put […]
Michael and I have pursued our dream of turning our back yard into an edible landscape for several years. We’ve replaced inedible bushes with blueberries, raspberries, and grape vines, and planted apple, cherry, plum, peach, fig, and pecan trees. But there are two trees I wish we could grow in our yard and can’t due […]
It’s a shame that fruitcake has earned such a horrible reputation. When I was growing up I didn’t like them, I think because the flavor seemed strong to my kid-size palette, but now I love a good moist fruitcake with plenty of real dried fruits and a dash of rum or other baking alcohol. Michael’s […]
In the early days of Spring and Autumn, we have fun visiting nurseries and garden centers, admiring all the newly arrived plants and pondering what should go next in our edible back yard. Yesterday we selected a few new fruit trees and bushes to plant, though we had a hard time narrowing down the choices. […]
When my parents said the farmers market in downtown Columbia, SC was a drive thru, they weren’t kidding. We literally drove through the giant open barn that houses the market, with vendors on either side of the “road” and loads of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Melons and peaches were in abundance as were the […]