All posts in category “In the Garden”

  • Weeding and Eating: The Great Purslane Giveaway returns

    My name is Tiffany and I am a weedaholic.

    There’s a reason for that, not the least of which is they taste good. But when you’re purslane, not only are you pleasing to the palette, you’re super healthy, so the benefits of dining on this garden gift are seemingly endless.

    It is the misunderstood superfood, often landing in the compost heaps of annoyed gardeners when it should be landing on dinner plates, given it has more omega-3 fatty acids than just about any other edible plant. These are fatty acids that are good for heart health.

    Antioxidants? Purslane is packed with them. Vitamin A to help keep you seeing clearly? Purslane has nearly every other leafy green vegetable beat.
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    Category In the Garden, In the Wild


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  • Niagara Seedy Saturday takes root Feb. 9

    By Linda Crago, Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetables

    This time of year seems really busy. Most people figure that because I’m a grower I take it a bit easier in the winter.

    The gardens aren’t full of veggies, that much is true. But there are seeds to organize, clean, pack and label for my seed sales, my very large heirloom tomato seedling listing to pull together, my CSA plans to sort out, a website to update and last but far from least, Niagara Seedy Saturday to organize.

    First things first. What people really want to know about is Niagara Seedy Saturday, so I will sketch out here what I have planned for 2013.

    I must add a huge thank you to PenFinancial Credit Union for their financial support with this year’s event. And to Jean, too, who made this possible!

    What you need to know about Niagara Seedy Saturday

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    Category Food Security, In the Garden


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  • Saving basil seed: A Nufar-ious plot

    I’m really not trying to grow the most pathetic basil plant ever, despite what this looks like.

    I’m engaging in Operation: Saving Basil Seed. After all, my basil plant just spent the past two months providing me with the biggest, most pungent leaves I’ve ever seen, smelled and tasted.

    They were the star of pestos, the supporting actor in caprese salad, made cameos in roasted tomato sauce. And I want to harness that amazing-ness for seasons to come.

    My Nufar basil is actually brimming with life, even if it looks nearly drained of vitality. It’s packed into those brown, dried bits, in the form of seeds. Future generations of Nufar basil.

    It’s a variety of this quintessentially summer herb that I bought on an impulse, withholding hope for it only because I find basil a bit fickle to grow.

    It doesn’t grow because I water it too much. It doesn’t grow because I don’t water it enough. It turns to seed before barely giving me a leaf.

    Basil | Seed Saving

    But not Nufar basil, once bushy with leaves the size of my palm, and now picked to a lanky, lean shell of its former self. It kept growing all summer and giving me the best basil I’ve ever had.

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    Category In the Garden


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  • A cup of sunshine: lemon verbena tea

    Lemon verbena.

    Herbs weren’t what I most looked forward to growing when I embarked on my summer of yard sharing.

    Tomatoes — lots of tomatoes — peppers, cucumbers and melons, those sun worshiping veggies that my shady, half a postage stamp of a yard eschews, were what I longed to harvest in my plot of sun-drenched borrowed earth.

    And while I’ve loved being able to head just down the road to pick a tomato whenever I’ve needed, wanted or was left no choice by Mother Nature but to harvest them, I’ve discovered it’s actually an herb I planted on whim that I love more this summer.

    It’s lemon verbena.

    Not much to look at, lemon verbena — I’ll call it LV — isn’t what you’d call a beauty. It’s appearance is pragmatic with those spiky green leaves. Perfect for photosynthesizing, not so much for admiring.

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    Category In the Garden, Uncategorized