Gardening Challenge http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/1178/all en The Lovely Lettuces http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/kate_gridley/2011_06_22/the_lovely_lettuces <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/kate_gridley/2011_06_22/the_lovely_lettuces" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/kg_romaine_lettuce.jpg" alt="The Lovely Lettuces Blog Post" title="The Lovely Lettuces Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Believe it or not, my mother wanted me to carry a large head of lettuce for my bridal bouquet. “It would be beautiful,” she said, “I have always pictured it!” A head of lettuce is indeed a beautiful thing – in terms of color, texture, even form. But I managed to over-rule her on <em>that</em> detail.</p> <p>I think her obsession with lettuce as a bouquet came from her father, my Grampsie, who used to say that all he needed to be utterly happy was to lie down in a bed of lettuce with a bottle of vinaigrette dressing. What would he have done with my bouquet had my mother prevailed?</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/kate_gridley/2011_06_22/the_lovely_lettuces#comments Gardening Kate Gridley Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:25:14 +0000 Nifer 17973 at http://www.eatingwell.com Still Time to Plant? Absolutely! http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_06_27/still_time_to_plant_absolutely <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_06_27/still_time_to_plant_absolutely" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/4a1129ab-778d-484d-83b3-7ca3ba9c16d1.Full_.jpg" alt="Still Time to Plant? Absolutely! Blog Post" title="Still Time to Plant? Absolutely! Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p> About this time of summer--with July 4 weekend heading our way--many gardeners feel a subtle shift in their relationship to the garden. Vegetables start pouring out of the garden and into the kitchen: cucumbers, hot peppers, peas, potatoes, favas, fennel, carrots, herbs, lettuces and greens, figs, strawberries and red currants from mine right now. It's all about keeping up with the harvest AND the weeds (if you can!).</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_06_27/still_time_to_plant_absolutely#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:13:14 +0000 Nifer 17972 at http://www.eatingwell.com Ten Tips to Help Ease Gardening Fatigue http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_08/ten_tips_to_help_ease_gardening_fatigue <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_08/ten_tips_to_help_ease_gardening_fatigue" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/bg_frog.jpg" alt="Ten Tips to Help Ease Gardening Fatigue Blog Post" title="Ten Tips to Help Ease Gardening Fatigue Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>My sister-in-law is about to come down with a bad case of mid-summer gardening fatigue. I can sense it creeping up on her—and many others-- as it does every year right about now, just as the birds are quieting down from their early nesting hoopla, just as the sun hits its warm stride, just as vegetable gardens in New England reach their peak.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_08/ten_tips_to_help_ease_gardening_fatigue#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:07:52 +0000 Nifer 17971 at http://www.eatingwell.com Starting a Garden in Midsummer http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_12/starting_a_garden_in_midsummer <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_12/starting_a_garden_in_midsummer" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/3c899a1f-6f71-4c44-8298-6ca5aba48e2c.Full_.jpg" alt="Starting a Garden in Midsummer Blog Post" title="Starting a Garden in Midsummer Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>Lately I've been meeting more and more almost-gardeners--they think about gardening and talk about gardening. Because they’re committed to a healthy lifestyle, they’re paying increasing attention to the food they bring into the house, thanks to the kind of <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins">writing Eating Well does so well</a>. They want to slow things down and enjoy time outside working with a small plot of earth, even a few containers filled with potting soil, but they can't quite take the plunge. Yet.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_12/starting_a_garden_in_midsummer#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:47:31 +0000 Nifer 17969 at http://www.eatingwell.com At the Market: It Looks Great, but It's not Organic... http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_18/at_the_market_it_looks_great_but_its_not_organic <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_18/at_the_market_it_looks_great_but_its_not_organic" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/orange-seller.jpg" alt="At the Market: It Looks Great, but It&amp;#039;s not Organic... Blog Post" title="At the Market: It Looks Great, but It&amp;#039;s not Organic... Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>When I travel, I seek out farmers' markets and food shops as much as museums and historic sites, hoping for the unique and telling glimpses into a culture offered by hanging about where people buy their food.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_18/at_the_market_it_looks_great_but_its_not_organic#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:27:35 +0000 Nifer 17966 at http://www.eatingwell.com Late July Musing: Hanging onto Summer While Heading towards Fall http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_28/late_july_musing_hanging_onto_summer_while_heading_towards_fall <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_28/late_july_musing_hanging_onto_summer_while_heading_towards_fall" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/b7fbbda8-ca86-45d4-94f1-cf5e77d76c19.Full_.jpg" alt="Late July Musing: Hanging onto Summer While Heading towards Fall Blog Post" title="Late July Musing: Hanging onto Summer While Heading towards Fall Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div>Yesterday the wind blew hot and surly across the tall field grasses. Today the dog days of midsummer pool around my feet. It is still but for the drone of heat-loving insects and the intermittent warning of a robin, the hissing of a house wren, the drink-your-tea-tea-tea call of the Eastern towhee. On the back porch, over the grill, the second brood of robin nestlings hangs its heads over the nest’s edge, mouths agape, figments from an old Western movie gasping in a vast, empty desert. The rest of the resident wildlife has not stirred since early morning.</div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_07_28/late_july_musing_hanging_onto_summer_while_heading_towards_fall#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:20:23 +0000 Nifer 17965 at http://www.eatingwell.com Treasures in the Dirt: Root Crops http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_05/treasures_in_the_dirt_root_crops <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_05/treasures_in_the_dirt_root_crops" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/" alt="Treasures in the Dirt: Root Crops Blog Post" title="Treasures in the Dirt: Root Crops Blog Post" border="0"/></a></div> <div><p>Every early morning I tour the gardens to see how everything fared through the night--did a resident deer or rabbit chomp on the radicchio or the kale? Have the tomatoes ripened enough to pick for lunch? Will the filet beans be ready for dinner? What's ready to be pulled, weeded, watered... I look carefully at every plant to check for fruit, for insect damage, for new growth, admiring how quickly they mature, how showy they are. But not the root crops.</p> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_05/treasures_in_the_dirt_root_crops#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:11:12 +0000 Nifer 17964 at http://www.eatingwell.com The Garden's Fullest Moment (or...Do We Have to Eat Beans and Tomatoes, Again, Tonight?) http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_11/the_gardens_fullest_moment_ordo_we_have_to_eat_beans_and_tomatoes_ag <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_11/the_gardens_fullest_moment_ordo_we_have_to_eat_beans_and_tomatoes_ag" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/c9af5325-2de0-4d5e-a175-61b13804be45.Full_.jpg" alt="The Garden&amp;#039;s Fullest Moment (or...Do We Have to Eat Beans and Tomatoes, Again, Tonight?) Blog Post" title="The Garden&amp;#039;s Fullest Moment (or...Do We Have to Eat Beans and Tomatoes, Again, Tonight?) Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>This is the moment in the year I live for--when the garden spills over its edges--the winter squash running about the paths, the tomatoes leaning over their cages, heavy with fruit, the beans hiding their poles, the zucchini leaves growing to jungle size. it's also when I can begin to assess what kind of growing season it is, for as the full-summer vegetables and fruits are maturing, the fall ones are showing what kind of shape they're in and how heavily they will produce. This is a good year.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_11/the_gardens_fullest_moment_ordo_we_have_to_eat_beans_and_tomatoes_ag#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:09:31 +0000 Nifer 17963 at http://www.eatingwell.com The Foolish Gardener: Learning the Hard Way… Again http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_18/the_foolish_gardener_learning_the_hard_way_again <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_18/the_foolish_gardener_learning_the_hard_way_again" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/36cf5fd4-2de2-4443-8b47-a49b8b5ba011.Full_.jpg" alt="The Foolish Gardener: Learning the Hard Way… Again Blog Post" title="The Foolish Gardener: Learning the Hard Way… Again Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p> I stopped growing corn a few years back. For good reason. It takes up precious garden real estate and inevitably gets snatched by some clever critter or other the night before I plan to pick it. Just as people line up for local chicken-pie suppers around here, I swear that corn-lovers of the wildlife persuasion sit in the branches of the copse just beyond my orchard garden, patiently waiting for their tasty corn dinner. And if by some miracle they don’t get it, some much, much smaller pest of the wormy sort likely will. With so many competing for that corn, not all of us…i.e.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_08_18/the_foolish_gardener_learning_the_hard_way_again#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:55:44 +0000 Nifer 17962 at http://www.eatingwell.com A Gardener Prepares for Irene http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_09_01/a_gardener_prepares_for_irene <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_09_01/a_gardener_prepares_for_irene" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/albino_robin_0.jpg" alt="A Gardener Prepares for Irene Blog Post" title="A Gardener Prepares for Irene Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>My family jokes about how when my husband heads out on a trip, Mother Nature lets loose. An albino robin appears just before he’s to leave. An owl hangs around in broad daylight, staring intently into the screened-in porch. Bats flit about the house. Birds get trapped in my studio. Coyotes prowl the garden to face down the cats. Ice storms/snowstorms/thunderstorms unleash their fury. I’ve come to expect the unusual.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_09_01/a_gardener_prepares_for_irene#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:30:00 +0000 Nifer 17961 at http://www.eatingwell.com As the Gardens Begins to Slow Down http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_09_12/as_the_gardens_begins_to_slow_down <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_09_12/as_the_gardens_begins_to_slow_down" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.eatingwell.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/" alt="As the Gardens Begins to Slow Down Blog Post" title="As the Gardens Begins to Slow Down Blog Post" border="0"/></a></div> <div><p>Here in the western part of Vermont we missed the worst of the hurricane and so our gardens, while a bit wet, are still intact. The tomatoes keep coming in, the peppers are turning red, the pumpkins and winter squash are maturing, the eggplants finally coming on strong. It has been a wildly fluctuating weatherscape here and we've had to relax and go with Mother Nature.</p> </div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_09_12/as_the_gardens_begins_to_slow_down#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:23:49 +0000 Nifer 17960 at http://www.eatingwell.com Putting the Garden to Bed http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_10_05/putting_the_garden_to_bed <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_10_05/putting_the_garden_to_bed" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/garden_0.jpg" alt="Putting the Garden to Bed Blog Post" title="Putting the Garden to Bed Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>It's that time of year again--the end of tomato season in Vermont (unless you have a greenhouse), the end of the tender herbs (inless you pot them up and bring them inside), the peppers and lettuces, the eggplant and, yes, the zucchini, for tonight we are expecting our first hard frost and tomorrow night another one to boot. I'm in a predicament. My gardens are quite large, and if I were to be home, I would cover them with garden quilt both nights to see if I could thwart the coming of deep autumn. But I will be on the road and so have to let the gardens complete their cycle.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_10_05/putting_the_garden_to_bed#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:17:34 +0000 Nifer 17959 at http://www.eatingwell.com Oddities in the Garden, Wonders of the World http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_10_12/oddities_in_the_garden_wonders_of_the_world <div><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_10_12/oddities_in_the_garden_wonders_of_the_world" target="_blank"><img src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/148_148/bell-jar.jpg" alt="Oddities in the Garden, Wonders of the World Blog Post" title="Oddities in the Garden, Wonders of the World Blog Post" border="0" width="148" height="148"/></a></div> <div><p>On a table in my house sits what most people, including my entire extended family, find quite bizarre, something they cannot align with what they know of me. After all, I pride myself on being an ecological gardener who tries to consider the impact of my actions on all the inhabitants of the garden, not just the human sort. I work to restore shrub-land bird habitat and wildlife corridors on the acres we steward, and in this column I yammer on and on about leaving the wild to the wild.</p></div> http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/barbara_ganley/2011_10_12/oddities_in_the_garden_wonders_of_the_world#comments Barbara Ganley Gardening Gardening Challenge Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:51:34 +0000 Nifer 17957 at http://www.eatingwell.com