Autumn Leeks Elevate Mashed Potatoes

Leeks gardening potatoes

Usually harvested in the autumn months, leeks are easy to grow from seedlings and are ready six months after planting. Much like an onion, leeks form a bulb and long, bundle of leaves extend above the ground. Soil must be loose and well-drained.  The bulbs of the plant do not tolerate wet soil. As aRead more

Tomatoes: Grocery Store Verses Growing Your Own

growing tomatoes

Springtime!  Time to plant those tomatoes… AND STOP BUYING GROCERY STORE TOMATOES. I am absolutely sick of grocery store tomatoes!  The skins are so tough and waxy!  To me, they really have no flavor at all. Did you know….                growers are paid by the pound to propagate and deliver tomatoes to grocery store distributorsRead more

Organic Gardening at the Rodale Institute

If you are a home gardener wanting to educate yourself and strive for organic gardening, you need to read up on the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.  Founded by J.I. Rodale in 1947, the Rodale Institute’s initial mission was to create an example of how organic farming could work.  Because of health aliments, Rodale wantedRead more

Zucchini Tots on National Zucchini Day!

National Zucchini Day! Zucchini has long been thought of as a vegetable, it belongs to the squash family, but botanically, it is a fruit because it grows from a flower.  It can grow to a meter in length, however, it is usually harvested when it is half that size.  Traditionally green; however, the golden zucchini,Read more

Summertime Strawberries

Right now is the prime time for strawberries.  Seeing all the fresh strawberries at the local farmer’s markets got me thinking about my delicious Strawberry cake that I make. What is a Strawberry? Strawberries are a red, sweet, juicy fruit consumed in everything from preserves to milkshakes.  Synonymous with summertime, but able to withstand shippingRead more