• Gardening

    Gardening Matters Harvest Video

    Why Gardening Matters from TALLGRASS FILMS | Towle Neu on Vimeo. This video came through my inbox on Friday and I couldn’t wait to pass it along. At their fall fundraising gathering, Gardening Matters shared this video on “Why Gardening Matters“, produced by Towle Neu and Tallgrass Films.  It showcases a few of the community gardening projects happening in the Twin Cities area and their fantastic work to provide fresh, local food to people who need it most.  Gardening Matters organizes community gardening activities across the state, supporting groups like 20Food.net and the community garden in our own neighborhood. It may be November and 30° out today, but after watching…

  • Cooking,  Gardening

    ELC Day #13 & 14- Wild Rice Pilaf

    Back in May I made my annual birthday list of things I’m working towards in the next year. I can officially cross one of those items after 2 months of being 24. “A flower finally grows in the heat of my front porch.” off the list. I planted Rudbeckia in bright red pots this year and so far they seem to love hanging out in the million degree heat that is an afternoon on our front porch. Well. They were before vacation. We’ll see what they look like after vacation. In humidity that makes me melt, Rudbeckia’s sunny disposition trucks right along. Small gardening victory. Next year I’ll be checking…

  • Cooking,  Gardening,  Local Products

    ELC Day #4- Community Garden Soup

    This coming Saturday, August 6 is Community Garden Day in Minnesota. Gardening Matters is sponsoring the event, which showcases the best of what community gardens offer residents. Many gardens are open to the public with special events, refreshments, and presentations. Community gardeners around the state will be out-and-about in their plots gardening and celebrating with other residents. All of Saturday’s events are listed here. The garden partner and I have had a plot in our neighborhood’s community garden for 2 years. We’ve met some fantastic gardeners, had space to learn more about urban food production, and who could forget the food? We even have a little community garden bet going…

  • Gardening

    And the garden grows

    Just enough time for some photos of the community garden plot. I’ve got dill pickles and pickled beets calling me this week. Things are coming along beautifully in the garden though.  I’d love to hear what is growing well for you this summer.  Post a comment here, or hop over to the Minnesota Locavore Facebook or Twitter pages and share your garden triumphs. “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” -Robert Brault “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring…

  • Canning,  Cooking,  Gardening

    The Last of June and Strawberry Mint Popsicles

    Can you believe June is over? Really? I don’t like to complain about summer being 1/3 or so in the books, so instead I thought I’d share a few highlights from the month followed by another strawberry recipe. It’s a popsicle perfect for what’s shaping up to be a steamy 4th of July weekend. 1. Dinner on the Farm June started with a visit to Crandall’s Garden Farme in Ramsey, MN, complete with Sebastian Joe’s ice cream. Ended up with great posts on 20food.net about the event. 2. The Little Acre Grew and Grew and GrewAll of the garden space was planted by early June. It was a late start,…

  • Gardening

    Growing Spaces

    My latest 20Food.net post is up detailing the plans of my final growing spaces for the summer. In total we’re growing more than 40 varieties this year. That’s without a backyard! Check out the plans and some of the photos: http://20food.net/2011/05/31/growing-spaces/ This summer I’ll also be taking weights of everything coming out of the garden. There’s a little wager between the kitchen partner and I about how much food can a little garden grow if a little garden could grow food. He thinks we’ll glean fewer than 200 pounds of produce, I say more than 200. Hopefully closer to 400. Winner gets to choose where we go on our winter…

  • Eating,  Gardening

    Edible Landscapes

    One of the quirks of my work schedule that I have come to both love and grumble about is downtime between therapy sessions. Sometimes its a blessing to have a few hours to run errands, other times I resent the time away from my kitchen when I could be more productive. Yesterday, I had four hours between scheduled appointments. Too long for shopping, not long enough to drive the 35+ miles home from the far West Metro. Instead, I dropped in at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to spend an afternoon in the gardens. I didn’t have time for photos until this morning, but here’s what I jotted down during my…

  • Gardening,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Rhubarb

    All week I’ve had recipes to kick-off rhubarb season.  Today I wanted to briefly highlight some sources for local rhubarb and how to ensure the bunch you’ve selected is fresh and tasty. Sources 1. Your neighbor’s backyard.  Before making a trek to a local farm, it’s worth checking around the neighborhood for anyone that might have a rhubarb patch already growing.  Rhubarb is notoriously prolific in the early spring, so much so that one plant can feed the whole family.  The more you cut it the more it seems to grow. Consider expanding your local food hub by asking a neighbor to swap some of their rhubarb patch for tasty…

  • Gardening,  Other Writings

    Homestead Happenings

    So much has happened in the past few days on our tiny slice of St. Paul, I’d thought I’d add a few updates in-between the rhubarb. 1.  The flowers on our front porch are planted.  This year I tried to pick all things labeled “drought resistant” since our delicate dahlias completely fried last year in the afternoon heat. There’s some traditional Martha Washington geraniums, petunias, and Rudbeckia. The pot with nothing started actually has a potato in it (another one of my garden partner’s experiments) 2. There’s more rhubarb in our future. Big surprise, right? The spring edible bulbs are on sale at many of the home and garden centers…