EASY Freezing For My Summer Garden

As of today, my garden has rendered a great harvest, more than enough for my husband and I.  I have been doing research and I am trying several methods to “preserve” my summer harvest. All fruits and vegetables have enzymes and bacteria that can destroy the nutrients, change the color and texture of the food. Read more

My Garden First Crop

My garden first crop was 2 yellow crooked neck squash and 1 zephyr squash. Both are delicious!  Both varieties have the same texture and flavor.  The Zephyr is the one with the green tip.  According to “SpecialityProduce.com” Zephyr squash is a relatively new type of summer squash and botanically a part of Cucurbita pepo. ARead more

Garden Planted

It is after April 15 and the danger of frost has passed so I FINALLY PLANTED MY GARDEN.  Crook neck yellow squash & goldy zucchini Of course, there is always a chance of a freak frost, but doubtful.  As noted in a previous blog post http://joannsfoodbites.com/foodie-bites/top-5-prepping-for-your-herb-garden/  I have already prepped my planters.  I had toRead more

Properly Storing FRESH Herbs At Home

These days, home cooks can buy fresh herbs at their local supermarket.  Most retailers sell cilantro, flat leaf parsley, curly leaf parsley, basil and thyme. Always buy the freshest bunch.  Try smelling them. Fresh herbs should have a strong, fresh aroma.  The leaves should look clean, green and crisp. Once home, do not clean themRead more

Top 5: Prepping for Your Herb Garden

Now that it is March, it is time to start thinking about your own herb garden.  First establish which zone you live in for hardy planting….see my previous post http://joannsfoodbites.com/foodie-bites/getting-your-spring-plants-ready/ Most herbs seeds can be planted outside, once the danger of frost has passed.  However, horticultural expert, Doug Johnson says when dealing with herbs, itRead more

Composting at Home

To decrease our carbon footprint, home cooks should consider home composting. Benefits to home composting include not only reducing your carbon footprint, but also growing a better home vegetable garden.  Composting is the process of controlling the decomposition of organic matter by providing the proper environment for the process to take place. Devices can beRead more

Getting your spring plants ready…..

Planting season is almost here.  Right now, you should be thinking about what food you may want to grow and where, in your landscape you will put them. First, determine which growing zone you live in…here is a chart to help you…. Determine your zone……         Once you have determined your zone,Read more