Freezing Spinach

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The spinach is almost done before it started this year. We had such a short window of opportunity for spring that the spinach bolted very quickly. I’ve already frozen nine bags and we’ve eaten several meals from this year’s crop. We probably have another ten to twelve bags to freeze. IContinue reading “Freezing Spinach”

From Seed to Table

By Patricia Zick @PCZick From Seed to Table  – A Personal Guide to Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving Food is now available on Kindle through Amazon. I’m still trying to decide if I’ll do a hard copy of the book – I use lots of photos with the information. Here’s an excerpt on preparing theContinue reading “From Seed to Table”

Finally – the Garden Grows

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Robert worked outside from early morning until the light faded from the yard over the weekend. Each night, he came inside with hands covered in dirt and a bent back after hours of leaning. But the smile on his face told me the physical hardships did nothing to dampen the sheerContinue reading “Finally – the Garden Grows”

Spring(?) Garden Update

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Spring sprung more than ten days ago, yet we’re stymied by cold temperatures. Seeds sprouted a month ago are now seedlings growing under lights in our family room. But I can tell they are yearning, as we are, for the warmer days and nights of spring, for the sunshine to heatContinue reading “Spring(?) Garden Update”

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”

To Everything There is a season

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 By Patricia Zick @PCZick And so it is with gardening. The winter season of gardening is a time of planning, considering, and enjoying the bounty of the previous seasons. Almost every night we’re eating something from the freezerContinue reading “To Everything There is a season”

Enjoying the Bounty

By P.C. Zick @PCZick I spent last night in a whirlwind in the kitchen. I decided it was time to use up all the bounty in some way. My husband picked broccoli in the morning because the rabbits have discovered the leaves of the plant and love to munch on them. We had a bagContinue reading “Enjoying the Bounty”

An Almost All Homegrown Dinner!

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick Last night we managed to eat a meal, mostly provided by our garden, with a table graced with flowers from plants and herbs gone to seed, along with a very few wild irises growing at the edge of the woods in our backyard.The tall purple flowers are radishes; the longContinue reading “An Almost All Homegrown Dinner!”

Early June and the Garden is Growing

The garden is growing at a rapid pace. We only have four more tomato plants to put in the ground and then it’s time to sit back and wait for the bounty. We have frozen 40 bags of spinach, and I still have two bags in the refrigerator. Last night I steamed some to goContinue reading “Early June and the Garden is Growing”

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”