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”

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”

Nourishing Traditions – Learning from our Children

By Patricia Zick @PCZick Nothing pleases me more than when my daughter introduces me to something new. On my last visit to her home, she showed me how to use YouTube. We found some entertaining videos on subjects close to both our hearts: the preparation of food. It gave me an idea, so today IContinue reading “Nourishing Traditions – Learning from our Children”

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?”

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”

Fall Garden Update

By Patricia Zick @PCZick The garden looks as if it’s been decorated for Halloween, but that’s not the case. We’re receiving some early frosts here in western Pennsylvania, and the last two nights, my husband has gone out and covered the tomato plants, which are still producing.   The tomatoes aren’t coming in as fastContinue reading “Fall Garden Update”

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”