Fiddly Fava Beans

Fava beans are the best bean. Their nutty flavor and creamy texture is unlike any other, and they are truly a delicacy, especially in the early spring when little else is yet in season, and I’ve grown tired of winter crops and stored food. But they aren’t widely eaten in this country because, frankly, they…

Wild Arugula

Now is the time to plan the garden for next year. I already have most of the seeds that I want to plant in 2019, but I’m still going over what I might want to grow more thoroughly, and thinking about trying even more! One thing I will definitely be growing is arugula — wild…

Nesting

There’s something comforting about a bale of straw, I find. Maybe it’s because I’m a country girl. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of hay rides from my childhood and youth. Maybe it’s a deeper instinct that tells me that if I’ve got a bed of straw, then I’m doing all right. Whatever the reason,…

Spicy Black Walnut Brownies

I love chocolate. I really, really do. And when I have a craving for it and there aren’t any candy bars or bon bons to hand, I often whip up a batch of brownies to satisfy it. This happened the other day, so I used my desire for some chocolate to also experiment more with…

Space Invaders

I don’t worry very much about weeds, really. My goal is not to have a manicured lawn or landscape that has no plant in it that I didn’t put there, exactly where I put it. I want my garden to be a natural, not an artificial place. I’m happy to let Nature do her stuff…

Garden Snow

It’s gotten pretty chilly here in Portland. The wind was rather biting today as I walked to the market. When I came home and kissed my husband, he exclaimed at how icy my nose and cheeks were as I pressed them against his warm face. The cold can be an exhilarating pleasure, when you have…

Microcosm

When I went out to the garden today, I took a look at the small raised bed I had put together early enough this year that I could grow a few vegetables in it. I planted some fava beans in September and October in the empty spaces, to both act as a cover crop, and…

Earth and Wood

Constructing my raised beds for vegetables and getting rid of the grass in my yard by sheet mulching is reminding me of how important two things are in our world — the soil and the trees that grow from it. My raised beds are made of trees. The paper and cardboard I’m laying down as…

Fortunate Thanksgiving

I feel the need to begin this blog by recognizing how lucky I am to have a home of my own, where I can grow a substantial garden of fruits and vegetables, and perhaps eventually keep a few livestock for eggs and milk.