Category Archives: garden

The day lilies have landed

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Private Diamonds

JB sent the following to me yesterday accompanied by his photograph (above) taken in our wet west garden: Private Diamonds Pain guides our lives very well. Take the stone from your shoe and by a miracle it replaces itself, a … Continue reading

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Freshly picked fiddlehead ferns in dinner salad, tree peony, and daffodils

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A glimpse

When I got home this afternoon, the sun was out and the weather absolutely beautiful. I walked around the awakening garden, observing the resurrecting plants. I sat in our old rusted garden chair left by previous owners. I called an … Continue reading

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First sign of peony

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Bonsai vegetable garden behind the kitchen faucet

Micro-greens for spring salads growing in my bonsai vegetable garden behind the kitchen faucet– (clockwise from center front) celery, carrots, cabbage, bok choy, and more carrots.

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Christmas Eve Morning

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Crab apple butter

JB has always talked about how his mother made crab apple jelly and jam. The family would pick crab apples in Humboldt Park and she would cook them with plums, cinnamon, allspice, and sugar. After using a food strainer to … Continue reading

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Micro-forest behind the faucet

Whenever we have some kind of root stalk of a vegetable left— like carrot, cabbage, celery (shown above)—I put the root end on a dish and splash it with water. What emerges are awesome micro-greens without any soil at all. … Continue reading

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Delicious transformations

Yesterday’s abundant harvest of tomatoes from our garden was transformed this afternoon into a cold Moroccan Tomato Soup as well as a version of Ratatouille. The recipe for the cold soup is below. I used three kinds of organic eggplant, … Continue reading

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