Swiss Chard Confession

I grew Swiss chard this year and it is BEE-YOO-TI-FUL. But not one bite have I taken. I’ve eaten Swiss chard before, years ago, sauteed alongside a filet mignon; more recently in vegetable soup. The problem is not that I have an aversion to Swiss chard. The problem is that I don’t want to cut […]

How to Save Marigold Seeds

I grew some EPIC marigolds this year. I’ve never sown marigold seeds before, and actually never purchased or planted marigolds at all. I know that many people use them as natural pest deterrents in the garden and as colorful annual flowers in other areas, but for whatever reason they never appealed that much to me. […]

Garden Update–August

This is more of a “lessons learned” for the year than an update, maybe I should re-title. Brassicas are probably not for me. I’ve tried several times now, and the caterpillars are winning. Even the 2 cabbages I managed to save I couldn’t eat because I was too scared to cut them up and find…caterpillars. […]

Veggie Swap

What happens when you grow an overabundance of something, or you accidentally purchased and planted something drastically different from what you THOUGHT you were growing? Don’t go tossing things in the compost bin or freezer just yet. Last week I was perusing my Facebook feed when I noticed an update from a local gardening group […]

Zinnia Overload!

Zinnias are pretty much my favorite flower to grow. They’re ridiculously easy to start from seed (throw zinnia seeds on the ground, forget them), they grow fast, they bloom forever, and as cut flowers last for weeks. They attract bees and butterflies (and humans) with their stunning, bright blooms, and they are CRAZY photogenic. I […]