Shelling Dry Beans

This winter I am spending many an evening shelling dry beans.  Most years it is dry in fall and I set up a mud box and fan in the yard, walk on the pods and winnow the beans.      But it was damp this fall so I brought in the pods, set them on  racks by the cook stove and once they were dry I began shelling       I sit and listen …

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Winter Salad

Each winter when pomegranate season rolls around Ken used to make this salad.  He left me a pomegranate, so I made my version.  Core and cut up a couple apples.  Open up the pomegranate and separate fruit from skin and membranes.  Toast some walnuts or pecans and chop.  Make a dressing with yogurt, a bit of maple syrup, and if desired vanilla.  Combine ingredients and serve.  Ken added raisins, I think.

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has sprouts, onions, garlic, beets, carrots, black radishes, Kohlrabi, celery root, and Cherokee Trail of Tears Dry beans.     Field Notes.  We are at the midpoint between solstice and equinox.  These mid points are where the drama happens – Solstices and equinoxes mark a conclusion of lengthening days or lengthening nights.    Most religions and folklore have names for these points: St Brigid, St Blaise, or Candlemas …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, rutabaga, kohlrabi, daikon or black radish, winter squash or pie pumpkins, beets, carrots and cabbage Field Notes. As I write this on Monday, snow is swirling around, and I join the snow day joy of school children.  Snow acts as an insulating blanket over the garden and helps slow the frost dropping into the soil.  The frost will affect how soon soil temperatures are warm …

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Taking on New Tasks – Planting Micro Greens

With Ken’s death I have difficult decisions.  Do I try to do things he did and I am not sure to do?  Do I use up seeds and do my best?  I decided yes to those questions           Ken planted micro greens for winter CSA boxes and I had ordered the seed.  Although I had watched him and chatted with him while he did this, I never did this.  So here …

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Seed Order

Each year I do the seed order.  This year with Ken’s death all is uncertain.  But I have a garden and I like to grow food.  I decided to place an order and grow my food. So my order has been placed

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has cabbage, onions, garlic, the last of the pumpkins, kohlrabi, rutabaga, carrots, beets, black radishes, and the last of the winter tomatoes. Field Notes.  As many of you already know my husband, Ken died on December 19, 2017.  Prior blog entries describe his illness and death and the obituary is posted as well.  This was a difficult harvest from the root cellar for me as I thought …

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Cold Weather Changes – Sprouts Move In

We sprout grain for the poultry.  Ken build trays with screens on the bottom to fit bread racks.  With this cold, the entry temperature fell below freezing.  So I emptied the rack.         I moved the sprouts inside the house to the tub room – warmer and more moist         They seem to be growing more slowly, but are doing fine!

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, winter tomatoes, squash, the last of the sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, beets, and cabbage. Field Notes.  We are glad to see the snow; it will act as an insulating blanket and slow the descent of the frost into the ground.  It also provides a check against erosion and will provide moisture to the soil.  Seed inventory is done, and next we hit the seed catalogs.  …

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Seed Inventory and Seed Order

Each year around Thanksgiving Ken and I discuss our season to plan how to improve in the coming year.  We also discuss what we should grow more of and what we should grow less of in the next season.  After that I do the seed inventory to see what viable seed we still have from the prior season.   Then I start to go through seed catalogs.  I try to get the orders in early …

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