#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”

#Garden – Pea Time

I decided to take a break from my job today to give a brief update on the garden now that we’ve moved into summer here in western Pennsylvania. The spinach has gone to seed, but we put up a few bags and ate quite a few meals of the fresh stuff. The raspberry bushes areContinue reading “#Garden – Pea Time”

Bread & Sauce

Sunday afternoon fun. I raided the freezer and found a bag of shredded zucchini and a bag of fresh-frozen tomatoes. Baking bread and cooking sauce smells soon permeated the airwaves of our house. Eating it wasn’t so bad either.             Recipes from From Seed to Table: Walnut Date Zucchini BreadContinue reading “Bread & Sauce”

Freeze those Tomatoes

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The tomatoes aren’t producing enough this year for me to make my Italian sauce or salsa. The peppers aren’t doing well either. We blame it on the weather, which has been too wet here for the tomatoes liking. We are getting enough tomatoes to eat at least once a day. I’veContinue reading “Freeze those Tomatoes”

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”

Crabs and Writing

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from writing regular blog posts. I suppose I could blame it on summer. Having more daylight hours means having more things to do, such as gardening, boating/kayaking, and golfing. The garden isn’t doing much these days because the added rainfall has made thingsContinue reading “Crabs and Writing”

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 Overflow Madness

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The rest period is over for gardening here in western Pennsylvania. First, we had a very long winter. Then we went to hot and humid for a week. Now for at least two weeks, the weather pattern is stuck over us with showers nearly every day. It feels as if I’mContinue reading “Garden Overflow Madness”

Garden Gone Wild

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We may have started the garden late this year, but somehow the cold April mixed with a few hot days and then spurts of rain in May created a monster garden in June. A friend visited in the last days of May, and we’d sit on the balcony overlooking the gardenContinue reading “Garden Gone Wild”