The Thana Doula

The Thana Doula

“Doula” was a new word to me only a year or so ago. In translation from Greek, it means a woman of service. Today, in our culture, it refers to a pregnancy and birth coach-companion. What a wonderful idea. Lately I’ve been involved in a series of...
Sharing the Bounty

Sharing the Bounty

Gardening and foraging result in staggering abundance. Keeping pace with the harvest barely leaves me time to catch my breath, in a wonderful way, of course. Finally, sometime in winter, there is a lull and a little free time to get creative with all the treasure we...

Trellised Tomatoes

One of my garden plot neighbors has her tomatoes on a trellis, not under plastic. They’re growing tall and the harvest has begun. She has heirloom tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and several varieties of miniature tomatoes. Here’s another vegetable...

Hale Kale

The kale transplants that were so providentially supplied are hale and healthy. They should be the perfect size by the time the growing season ends. They’ll stand in the garden and we will be able pick kale leaves throughout the winter. Kale chips are the new...

Basil and Pesto

Our basil has been loving the dry, sunny weather. I picked half an ice cream bucketful on Saturday, and turned it into a basic pesto by blending it with oil and salt in the mini food processor. I keep it in a jar in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze it in ice...

Cylindra Again

I realize I’m a little stuck on these beets, but they really are amazing me. This one just had to have some recognition. As proven by the ruler, it is nine inches of usable beetroot. And for a bonus, the tops are abundant and tender. I wash, spin dry and cut the...

Baby Zucchini Blossoms

Gourmet baby zucchinis with the blossoms still attached – brush with oil and grill for a summer treat. You can spend $5.99 a pound, or you can just go out to the garden and pick some. It helps slow down production in the zucchini patch if you’re feeling a...

More Beet for Your Buck

From now on, I will only grow Cylindra beets. I am very impressed with their production. In exactly the same amount of space as Red Ace, they produce almost three times as much root, and more greens as well. That’s a much better use of precious garden area. One...

Baby Butternut

Finally we’re beginning to see butternut squashes – quite a lot of them, actually. I hope they can hold their own in the same bed as the spaghetti squash, which already has  sixteen fully formed squashes that are pretty close to full-sized. But I spotted...

Time Lapse Photography

Well, not literally time lapse photography, but I am amazed at how fast these spaghetti squashes have grown. The weather is hot and dry now, so we have to water every two or three days. Fortunately our garden water draws from a well. Ideal conditions for squash growth...

An Armful of Gold

Anita was just coming out of the garden with this armload of golden zucchini as I arrived. What a terrific harvest, and what a stunning picture!

Squash on a Trellis

This is a first for us. It’s fun to see spaghetti squash hanging two feet off the ground. Our trellis has six well-formed squashes on it so far. Jim assures me that nothing will take down this trellis. It’s made from metal electrical conduit piping...