• Gardening

    Garden Photography 101: 10 Shareable Garden Photos

    Today Maria at Sweet Domesticity is back for our last installment of Garden Photography 101. During the month of June, Maria stopped by for a series on how to capture great photos of your garden this season. Be sure to check out her other posts: Garden Photography 101: Why Capture Great Photos of Your Garden & Garden Photography 101: The technicals of Great Garden Photos. Thanks Maria! Over the past month we’ve talked about why you should photograph your garden, and how to compose a great garden photo, and now the time has come to pull it all together with some thoughts on what to photograph while you’re out and…

  • Gardening

    June 2014 Garden Wrap-Up

    In our first year of living in St. Paul Greg and I made a bet about how much produce we could grow in one season. We had 209 square feet and a mish-mash of smaller containers.  200 pounds was our cut-off; I said more, he said less. Winner picked the location of our end-of-summer camping trip. I spent that first summer of carefully weighing each picking from the garden on our kitchen scale, recording the date, variety, and total ounces of every item. From the heaviest pumpkin to the tiniest lettuce leaf, I got it all down on paper.  We ended up with 90 or so pounds of veggies and a trip…

  • Gardening,  Other Writings

    Garden Photography 101: The Technicals of Great Garden Photos

    Today Maria at Sweet Domesticity is back for another guest post. One of Maria’s signatures on her blog is stunning photos of the plants in her garden. She’s stopping by during the month of June to share some info with you in a series we’re calling Garden Photography 101, on how to capture great photos of your own garden this season. I am happy to be back on Minnesota Locavore this week to bring you another installment of Garden Photography 101! This week we are going to dive into some of the more technical aspects of garden photography with some tips and tricks to help you compose great garden photos.…

  • Gardening

    Garden Photography 101: Why capture great photos of your garden?

    Today I’m so excited to announce a guest post series on garden photography from one of my favorite garden writers, Maria at Sweet Domesticity. One of Maria’s signatures on her blog is stunning photos of the plants in her garden. She’s stopping by during the month of June to share some info with you in a series we’re calling Garden Photography 101, on how to capture great photos of your own garden this season.   Hello Minnesota Locavores! I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Amy on this series of guest posts! Not only is this topic near and dear to me personally, but it is…

  • Gardening

    2014 Garden Planning

    Can you believe this holiday weekend weather we’ve had? So this is what we suffered through a polar vortex for!! Today I’m going to share our 2014 garden planning sketches and the plant varieties we stuck in the ground this year. If you’re inspired by what you see here, be sure to check out these posts from the archives that will make 2014 your best green-thumb year ever: Get Your Grow On 2013 Finding the Perfect Container Garden Find it Local Friday: Your Summer Veggie Plan Digital Gardening: Free Apps for your Green Thumb Edible Landscapes How to Grow Spinach Garden Planning: The Basics This year I sketched out our plans…

  • Gardening

    Enough already…It’s time to grow!

    We just couldn’t take it anymore. This weekend the garden guy and I said enough already…it’s time to bury the polar vortex and bust out the watering can.  One day of 70°F weather in the forecast and we had to get our grow on. Is it possible to have an itchy green thumb? Three new projects emerged from our impromptu trip to the garden store. We grabbed some cold hearty snow pea and lettuce seeds from the garden store and stuffed them in the dirt. And then we started micro greens in the front window and a mason jar of sandwich sprouts on the kitchen counter. I must have needed a…

  • Gardening,  How-To Guides

    Finding the Perfect Container Garden

    The snow finally melted off the Little Acre Garden Bag this week and things are looking kinda shabby. 3 long growing seasons and withstanding the extreme sun/temperature fluctuations of our patio are about all we could ask for from one patch of soil. It’s time to start finding the perfect container garden. When we bought the Little Acre it was our first summer in the town house and we were eager to get anything to grow. By mid-summer we’d created what Greg and I now affectionately call the crazy vegetable bush: Container Garden Lessons Although it looks green and healthy here, the plants were so crowded and overgrown they never…

  • Cooking

    Eat Local America Challenge – Zucchini Overload

    An interesting phenomenon happens this time of year in gardens across the Midwest. What started as one tiny summer squash plant, has become a torment, pumping out green vegetables faster than any kitchen can handle. Even the most prepared gardener is overwhelmed with how zucchini grow this time of year. “Zucchini Overload” has begun. In our garden, we carefully watch the first baby summer squash grow. Every year that first zucchini is carefully tended, inch by inch until we can’t take it any longer. Out of the garden it goes and into a pan sautéed plain with butter and salt. The next few are eaten the same, the featured main…

  • Cooking,  Gardening

    Fresh Cuts – Chives

    This is the second post in the series titled Fresh Cuts. Each post features a different kitchen garden herb and fresh ways to incorporate it into your locavore meals. Today’s post is on fresh-cut chives. See my latest post on Italian Flat Leaf Parsley. 2012 was the first season we grew herbs in our patio garden. After a few summers of sad-looking tomatoes and cucumbers, we decided to go with herbs. That way they are close to the kitchen and are more appropriate for the 3’ x 3’ space. Now the first thing that pops up in the Little Acre each spring is a clump of thin green chives. We always welcome…