A lot can happen in a week. When we left last week for vacation, the garden was mostly just green sprouts. But when we got home yesterday, after a week away, it was a different story.
First, the boys brought in these two bell peppers, the biggest ones we’ve ever grown.
Next, Lee [...]
Ever since I started blogging about gardening with kids (almost a year ago), I’ve been surprised at how frequently I hear or read about how people are using gardens to help other people. Maybe they’re planting a school garden, providing fresh produce to a disaster-stricken area, or teaching kids to grow their own food. Gardening [...]
The summer vegetable harvest is slowing down, and the days without fresh squash, tomatoes, and beans straight from the garden are getting closer. But with just a little effort, you can preserve some of summer’s bounty and eat it all year long. Canning and pickling may seem daunting, but anybody can use a freezer (open [...]
Whether you like President Obama’s plans for healthcare reform or not, who can argue with his idea to open a farmer’s market right outside the White House?
At yesterday’s National Health Care Forum, while responding to a question about how his family stays fit, Obama offered up this latest idea:
“So, you know, Michelle set [...]
If you’ve never picked okra, you’re not missing much. The funny-looking vegetable known as a chief ingredient in gumbo grows on a plant with leaves that are itchier than any I’ve ever encountered. Last night I picked a bucketful of okra while the kids played in the garden, and because I forgot to bring gloves [...]
Ok, even those of us who grow a lot of our own food still go to the grocery store. The modern American family who grows or produces EVERYTHING it eats is rare, if it even exists at all. But if you’re like me, when you’re shopping for food, you want to make sure you’re buying [...]
It’s the height of garden season, and every day there’s weeding, hoeing, harvesting and food preparation to be done. Along with work, parenting and everything else going on in the summertime, gardening can become a chore.
Case in point: last Tuesday. My husband was out of town and I took the day off work to take [...]
While kids who help grow vegetables are generally more interested in eating them (according to several studies described here), it doesn’t always happen that way. Tonight at supper, for instance, my two-year-old ate only meat and didn’t touch his squash, okra or green beans. My four-year-old only ate his green beans because I made him [...]