Category Archives: Garden

Winter Thy Name is Denial

What does a gardener do when winter arrives? Despite the fact there’s snow on the ground, IT’S NOT WINTER! Please check back Dec. 21 for winter programming. The apple harvest is finished and priorities shifted. While our orchard’s chief apple … Continue reading

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Meditation on Hot Sauce

After planting garlic last week I made hot sauce using leftover seeds: Jalapeno and Serrano peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar and salt. The recipe evolved over time from one Juan San Miguel explained in 1977 when we both … Continue reading

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Post-frost Planting

After missing last year I planted garlic on Oct. 15. A couple of clear days dried the ground sufficiently to mow the plot, turn it, and put seeds in the ground. I increased the number of rows from two to … Continue reading

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October Days

The forecast calls for 32 degrees tonight so tomatoes and peppers need gleaning from the garden. There aren’t many left, maybe enough to make the effort useful. While at it, I’ll pick apples I can reach as well. It is … Continue reading

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Apple Share

(Editor’s Note: This year I donated 350 pounds of Red Delicious apples to Local Harvest CSA for distribution in member shares. Here’s the note I wrote for weekly newsletter). The apples in your share are Red Delicious variety grown from … Continue reading

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Apple Harvest 2019

The view from atop the ladder was pretty good. Monday I began harvesting Red Delicious apples from a tree planted on Earth Day 1995. This tree outlasted three others planted the same day. Tuesday I completed a 350 pound donation … Continue reading

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Main Season Apples and Cookery

We’re in the main season at the apple orchard. We survived the madness of Honeycrisp weekend and can settle into some really great fruit like the four varieties of apples in the photo. The Robinette was complexly flavored and super-delicious. … Continue reading

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