#Gardening – Spring Means #Spinach

This warm and wet spring weather means lots of big leaves on the spinach plants. It also means we’ll have it longer before it goes to seed, if the heat of summer stays away for a few weeks. Robert picks the spinach after it’s been watered or after a good rain. . .after it’s hadContinue reading “#Gardening – Spring Means #Spinach”

Fall is in the Air

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Since moving from Florida to Pennsylvania, I’ve come to have a new admiration for the fall season. Our colors started turning slightly this past week, and the weather is nearly perfect. We took a few days off and went to Keystone Lake where we rented a cabin on the shores ofContinue reading “Fall is in the Air”

Suffer the Garden

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’ve been having a time with the weather so far this summer. For several weeks, the weather was hotter here in western Pennsylvania than in Florida. Then two weeks ago, the rains began. Our property sits on a plateau above the Ohio River and often our weather is different from whatContinue reading “Suffer the Garden”

Garden Loves June

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We shelled peas on Saturday night. Then I blanched them for two minutes before putting away in nine freezer bags. I love those peas on a cold winter night. We’re not halfway through the pea season. Last year, our peas didn’t produce very well. My husband believes he put mushroom manureContinue reading “Garden Loves June”

Spring Garden Update

By Patricia Zick @PCZick As I sit on the balcony writing, my husband passes by on the tractor, pulling a wagon filled with the compost bin and some manure, and garden tools. He stops near the raspberry plants desperately climbing higher and higher to catch some of the sun that’s been playing hide and seekContinue reading “Spring Garden Update”

Turn Earth Day into Earth Year

By Patricia Zick @PCZick This week we celebrate the forty-third anniversary of Earth Day. The original Earth Day came as a reaction to several events that occurred in the preceding year: an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara and a river catching on fire in Ohio. Today we need to remember more thanContinue reading “Turn Earth Day into Earth Year”

The Well-Traveled Tomato Seeds

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We recently flew to Florida for a working vacation. When I put my large suitcase on the scales, it weighed in at sixty-one pounds. “Either lighten the load or pay $90,” the airline agent said. My husband went for the zipper of my suitcase. He pulled out four ping-pong paddles. “WhyContinue reading “The Well-Traveled Tomato Seeds”

January Gardening?

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The seed catalogs appear in the mailbox daily now. Today we ordered seeds for broccoli, brussel sprouts, radishes (both red and the long white variety), lettuce, Swiss chard, parsley, basil, and flowers. However, the catalogs came a little late for onions. After consultation with Llewellyn’s 2013 Moon Sign Book, my husbandContinue reading “January Gardening?”

Salsa Heat

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Warning: This salsa is not for you mild salsa lovers. However, you can modify this recipe to fit your taste buds. This one won’t make you choke, but it might make your nose run and your eyes water – until you get used to the fiery heat. I use salsa inContinue reading “Salsa Heat”

Grilled Pizza

By Patricia Zick @PCZick This recipe is one I’ve been perfecting over the past several years, and best made with the freshest of tomatoes from the garden. Pizza is personal. I’m giving you the way I make it, but you may find other toppings you like better. Just like with pie, it all starts withContinue reading “Grilled Pizza”