Happy 4th – Independence through the urban food chain
What ways do we celebrate our independence?
Gather friends and family
FOOD…more on this later
Thank a soldier
Pray that we can keep our independence
Pay it forward…
My favorite way to show independence is by creating independence through making food and pollinator gardens the buzz around town. Let’s grow things to eat and become independent in the food chain, the urban and suburban food chain. We can share food and kindness across backyard fences and rotate crops to each other from harvested seeds. It’s timely and starting small is the key, as well as starting now. Simply grow a plant in your house or outside then move from there. Grow it, Harvest it, Share it, Eat it, Save seeds or take cuttings for next year. Sorry, now you’re hooked because it’s so fun savoring life and the delicious fresh food you just grew.
We have the freedom, let’s use it to our advantage and Grow, Grow, Grow!
The tomato harvest has begun!! Be still my heart.
We are entering the days when I make dinner plans based on what looks ready to pick. Granted, that means we will mainly be eating lots of tomato/basil inspired dishes, a variety of squashes, and the last of the cabbages, but this is not exactly a hardship around here. 😉
I’ve had several people ask me why I chose to plant so many cherry and pear tomatoes when large tomatoes are easier to preserve in sauces and salsas. Aside from their candy-like deliciousness when eaten out of hand, here is the short answer:
Read more summer harvest tips here.
It’s starting to get hot, hot, hot.
Which means: tomatoes! (Well, other things, too, I’m sure… But mostly, TOMATOES.)
Yet while my tastebuds are languishing in a quivering state of salsa/ sauce/ caprese anticipation, there are a few stars in my spring garden that deserve some first-day-of-summer love.
I just didn’t realize how much love, until this salad happened. It’s light, fresh, crisp and utterly unexpected. And made from all that Antioch Urban garden goodness!
Get the recipe over at Cottonwood Farm…
Sweet potatoes are not potatoes at all, so really, you can pronounce them any way you like. They are, however, delicious. And their vines can be incredibly lovely.
I stopped in to visit my friends at Antioch Urban Growers to pick up my sweet potato plants and clear up a few mysteries. Mark, as always, answered my endless questions with grace.
Read more and join the Grow Along here!
In my previous garden, I planted herbs and vegetables in neat rows in raised beds in the backyard, and I planted flowers in the front and along the sides of the house: day lilies, daffodils, hydrangeas, lilacs, and a rogue patch of mint. I don’t know why I did this, except that it seems like what I’d always done, what everyone does. You look at your front yard; it’s a post card. Curb-appeal.
But the backyard houses the real business of lettuce-growing and soccer playing and burger eating.
I no longer really have a front yard per se, so the line has grown fuzzy.
Flowers don’t look merely ornamental to me anymore. Unless by ornamental, you mean that bees are gold diggers, and flowers are the diamond earrings that lure them into spending quality time with the squash. Read More…