#Gardening and #Raspberries

We’re getting a steady influx of vegetables these days, but nothing much to preserve yet. There are a few tomatoes ripening on the kitchen windowsill. Last night I grilled zucchini and green peppers. Cucumbers are trickling in, but not enough to turn into pickles and relish. Usually this waiting period occurs in late June, butContinue reading “#Gardening and #Raspberries”

Slow Start to Garden

It’s been a slow start here in western Pennsylvania after a tough winter. My husband has been preparing the soil and raised beds for a few weeks. The seedlings are growing under grow lights. He puts the trays outside each day for a few hours of sun, if possible. This weekend, he finally put theContinue reading “Slow Start to Garden”

More Than Two Hundred Thanks

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Happy Labor Day to all of you. When I taught high school, this holiday was always bittersweet. It definitely meant the end to my summer holiday, and the start of a new school year. It’s different now, especially living in the north. This holiday means the demarcation of a new season.Continue reading “More Than Two Hundred Thanks”

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”

In the Garden July

By P.C. Zick @PCZick It’s beginning to look a lot like summer and the living is not quite as easy as you might think! Despite our lack of rain, the garden is still doing its thing. We’re watering about twice a week and hoping for the best. Here’s a glimpse for today, July 7.Who’s thatContinue reading “In the Garden July”

Raspberries and Spinach

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick We spent Memorial Day weekend trying to get all the plants in the ground. My husband started all the plants from seeds beginning in February. Some of those original seedlings traveled from Key West all the way back to our home near Pittsburgh encased in wet paper towels and heldContinue reading “Raspberries and Spinach”