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Heads Up, It’s Time To Think About Winter Veggies

Posted by admin in Edible Gardening

By Faye How strange to be writing an article about growing vegetables in winter in the same newsletter as one on pruning tomatoes, but the reality is that now is definitely the time to start planning what, where and when to grow. Read on… Definition of Winter Vegetable Gardening: When we talk about growing vegetables

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Seven Ways To Grow More Food In Less Space

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By Faye Having a small garden is no reason not to have generous harvests of your favourite fresh vegetables, all year long.  There are many ways to boost production, and get the most out of whatever little plot of land you may have, even if it’s just a few pots on the patio! The one

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Swiss Chard Stem Hummus

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So much of the Swiss Chard is in the stem, so it makes sense to use it all. 1 pound chard stems, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups) salt to taste 2-4 garlic cloves (to taste), peeled and green shoots removed ½ cup sesame tahini, stirred if the oil has separated ¼ – ½ cup freshly

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Colcannon

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2 pounds russet potatoes 5 cups (or more!) chopped kale 1 or 2 leeks (need to plant in February), cleaned and chopped 1 cup milk 3 TB unsalted butter ¼ tsp nutmeg coarse salt 1 TB unsalted butter   Boil and mash potatoes. Combine kale, leek, milk, 2 TB butter, and nutmeg; season with salt.

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Sunomono Salad (Japanese Cucumber Salad)

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1 long English cucumber, preferably just picked, and young and tender without large seeds. Alternatively, use 4 smaller Japanese cucumbers. 6 TB rice wine vinegar 2 TB mirin (sweet rice wine vinegar) 1 TB sugar ½ tsp Kosher salt 1/8 tsp dried chili flakes   Mix the rice wine vinegar, mirin, sugar, salt and chili

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Stuffed Tomatoes – Using Striped Cavern Heirlooms

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These tomatoes are particularly suited to stuffing; they are large, hollow, and contain few seeds or pulp, with firm ‘walls’. 6 Italian sausages, meat taken out of the casings 1 cup cooked rice, or quinoa, bulgur, or any grain of choice 3 green onions, chopped 1 cup grated zucchini lots of garlic and fresh basil,

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Roasted Beets With Sauce

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To roast beets, wash, then rub with olive oil, add just a small splash of water, then wrap tightly in foil. I usually wrap 2-3 together. Put on baking tray in oven at 375 for about an hour, depending on size and freshness of beets. When time is up I just leave sitting (out of

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Cherry Tomatoes With Pasta and Fresh Basil

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  1 ½ – 2 pounds fresh, ripe cherry tomatoes, halved (can squeeze out some of the juice if they are watery) 4 garlic cloves, minced ½ cup fresh French bread crumbs ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano salt and pepper to taste ¼ cup olive oil penne pasta, or fusilli, or farfallini etc ½

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Broccolini With Lemon and Garlic

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Approximately 375 g broccolini 2 TB XV olive oil 2 cloves garlic, sliced ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp grated lemon rind 1 TB lemon juice Trim tough ends from broccolini. In large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Saute garlic and salt lightly, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add broccolini, ¼ cup water, and lemon

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The Magical Bean

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By Faye For the snap and crunch of a perfect green bean, nothing comes close to the bean you grow yourself. Those hollow, stringy supermarket beans should be banned! Beans are one of the easiest vegetables to grow; the perfect crop for a beginner. They even make their own fertilizer! Beans are legumes, and all

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Microgreens are the New Kale

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By Faye For the past couple of years, we’ve been inundated with the wonders of kale as the latest superfood.  Recently however, while putting out trays of winter veggie starts, I have heard whispered confessions, “Actually, I don’t really like kale. “ Enter a new way to grow and eat the very freshest produce possible

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Summer Veggies In Review 2014

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By Faye As the summer vegetable garden becomes a warm and happy memory, and the winter one settles in with hope and promise, it’s time to take a look back at how it all worked. Planning for next year has to start now, as we see what did well, what didn’t, and how can we

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Garlic – The Great Traveler

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The history of garlic can almost be described as the history of human migration.  Garlic is native to Central Asia, specifically the Caucasus region between the Black and the Caspian Seas, and over many millennia it has been carried to almost all corners of the world. Garlic flavours many of the world’s cuisines. It is

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Tending Your Winter Vegetables In October

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, Maintenance, Pests/Diseases

Mid October has finally brought the first rains of the season, as we say goodbye to the lovely, long late summer.  Has there ever been a fall as gorgeous as this one? The extended fall has unfortunately enabled those evil white cabbage moths to produce yet another generation of their voracious offspring.  Even today, I

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Harvesting In Early Spring

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

Growing our own vegetables has become a passion. Who knew that the third millennium AD would find city people going back to the earth in droves, growing food in back yards? Way back in the olden days we thought it would bring only high tech, and cars that flew.  Well, it did bring much of

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Mason Bees And Veggies In January

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, Mason Bees

With our gardens under a beautiful white blanket at the moment, it’s a pleasure to think ahead of warmer months outside.  While the nursery is now closed until February, we have been busy planning, ordering, and generally looking forward to a wonderful new season ahead. Are you poring over seed catalogues? That always feels to me

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Amending Your Soil For Winter

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening, General, Maintenance

We are all used to a blanket making us cozy and warm in the cold days of winter, but feeding us too? Well that’s what winter mulch can do for your garden; nourish the soil and protect it from rain and freezing temperatures. It may seem mysterious, but really all you need to do is

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The Vegetable Garden In October

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

October is a bittersweet time in the garden; while the beauty and generosity of the earth is upon us, we know that the dark days of winter are soon to follow, and we say goodbye to the daily picking of ripe produce from our beloved garden plots. I’ve learned so much this summer, and writing

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Tomatoes, Potatoes and Blight

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

I know, you aren’t ready to hear about end-of-season gardening yet; the summer has only recently started, hasn’t it? However, the calendar says otherwise; September is here, and we actually had a little sprinkling of wet stuff the other day. ‘Tis the season to worry about late blight in the tomato garden, and if you grow

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Planting The Winter Vegetables In August Or “Stocking The Great Canadian Refrigerator”

Posted by Russell Nursery in Edible Gardening

It’s a warm summer evening, August 3, and I just planted some vegetables that I won’t be eating until the cold days of winter and early spring 2012.  What I’m planting now will overwinter, and although some of it can be eaten in the fall and all through the winter while young and tender, such

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