June Gardening Tasks

June in my growing area is considered warm within the “Arc of Seasons” method of looking at the year. Arc of Seasons is something I learned in my Garden Coach and Kitchen Garden training courses through Gardenary, taught by Nicole Burke. In the Arc of Seasons temperature ranges are broken up into four distinct seasons:…

A Year End Review of My 2021 Blog Posts

It’s hard to believe we are so close to the end of the year. This will be my last blog post of 2021 and I wanted to share some posts from the past year. I wrote over 40 blog posts this year about gardening, holistic nutrition, cooking from scratch and life updates. I have enjoyed…

My Top Two Favorite Organic Soil Amendments

Amending your soil is a must of you want to have healthy, rich, living soil that nourishes your plants so they grow their best. When you grow plants, whether it’s food, flowers or herbs, they use up nutrients in the soil that need replacing for the next round of plantings. When it comes right down…

Cold Hardy & Frost Tolerant Vegetables

Once you learn what vegetables, fruits and herbs grow in which season, gardening will become much easier. When it comes to cool season vegetables, there is a range of temperatures vegetables can grow in. With the Gardenary method of kitchen gardening, the cool season temperatures range from 35 to 65°F. As a certified Gardenary Garden…

What I’m Doing In The Garden This Week

This week I am prepping for the fall garden by pulling plants, adding compost and sowing seeds. The way I decide what plants to “pull” is based on a few key factors. (By pulling plants I mean cutting them at the soil level and leaving the roots to decompose feeding the soil from below.) I…

GROW. COOK. NOURISH. Summer Squash

Summer squash includes a variety of different squash like yellow squash, pattypan squash and probably the most well known and popular zucchini. Unlike winter squash that can be stored for longer periods of time and used throughout the colder months of winter, summer squash does not store well and needs to be ate or processed…

GROW. COOK. NOURISH. Green Beans

String beans, green beans, snap beans, French beans, wax beans, whatever you want to call them, are a great foundational food to grow for new or seasoned gardeners alike. *I will be calling them green beans- green beans are considered any bean that is ate with its pod. (Versus shelling beans) GROW. Growing beans is…

Edible Perennial Gardening: Fruits & Berries

To wrap up the edible perennial garden series of blog posts we arrive at probably my favorite, fruits and berries. Who doesn’t love a fresh warm fruit crisp for dessert or plucking a raspberry straight off the bush? This category has a wide variety choices depending on your location and the size of your growing…

Garden Greens: Lettuces

There are many varieties of lettuce, from crisphead, romaine, butterhead and loose-leaf. All can be grown quite easily in containers and raised beds. My two favorite ways of growing food, especially for those with clay soil or small spaces. Leafy greens, especially lettuces are among the easiest plant foods to grow. If you are just…