June in the Vegie Patch and Gardening Smarter (Not harder)

Greetings all, Even though its chilly out, thoughts of hibernation couldn’t be further from my mind! Take away the the intensive gardening and harvesting of spring through autumn, and I’m freed up to play. Winter provides a window in which I can indulge the improvements I’ve been marinating on over summer. The big one, the […]

April in the Orchard

Autumn marks the beginning of dormant sprays. So clean your backpack sprayer out and get ready to copper if your stonefruit had bacterial infections (cankers, oozing sap, cracks in bark, yellowing leaves followed by premature leaf fall) or leaf curl. Do this at leaf fall. Two of my apples had black spot so I’ll do […]

Dried Pears and Apple Sauce

Easy, delicious and useful – these words are my guardian angels when choosing how to best preserve my harvest. There are many enticing sounding recipes out there and it’s easy to get seduced into fancy complicated preserves which don’t ever get used. The simplest preserving is storing the fruit/ vegetable whole; and the next is […]