• Gardening,  Other Writings

    Digital Gardening: Free Apps for Your Green Thumb

    Have you enjoyed the first signs of spring as much as I have? There’s nothing like a few 50° days in a row to get you thinking about planting. With frost still in the ground and snow covering much of Minnesota, it’s going to take some extra patience not to bust out the trowels and rakes. However, there is one tool we all can use this time of year to help jumpstart our gardening – a tablet or smartphone. In the past few years, several useful (and free) gardening apps emerged on both the iPad and Android app markets. Below I’ve jotted down a few that I think you should check…

  • Gardening

    The Garden

    Hello friends. I’m feeling neglectful that the month of May is coming to an end and I’ve only dropped by to share a half-dozen times. Promise there’s hard work happening behind the scenes (follow what I’m up to on Facebook and Twitter in the meantime) that will be well worth it when we hit June. We’re talking giveaways, interviews, guest posts, and some good ‘ol summertime Minnesota-grown cookin’. Tonight, I’m checking off one mighty item on the to-do list. Ladies and gentlemen, The garden is finally in. .

  • Other Writings

    House Guests – Season Two

    Last May, I gave my dad Ameraucana chicks for his birthday as an addition to his growing coop back home. Before they were delivered, the chicks spent a few cozy nights as house guests under my careful watch. Let’s be honest…I was an obsessive mother hen. By the time they left, all 5 had names and their own personalities. How could you not fall in love with a cute little puff-ball like this? Those gals are all grown up and producing gorgeous blue “Easter eggs”. When it came time for my parents to place their chick order again this year, they asked me to house sit for 5 more from…

  • Foodies,  Gardening


    The kitchen partner and I received this postcard in the mail from a fellow Postcrossing.com user last week. It came all the way from The Netherlands just for us. I love opening the mailbox to find postcard about food. Sometimes we even receive recipes or special suggestions for ingredients. Perhaps this is a hint about what I should be planting in the garden this weekend! Will you be planting any special “salades” varieties this year? What local greens will be on your table this summer?

  • Gardening

    How to start seeds in toilet paper tubes

    Have a kitchen skill you’d like to master? Wishing you had a “how-to” guide for a certain recipe or gardening trick? Minnesota Locavore is taking comments for upcoming how-to posts. Share your idea and we’ll all learn a bit more about local food together. It’s not too late to get started on your summer garden plans if you’d still like to give growing your own local food a try this year. With some basic materials you can plant beautiful flowers and vegetables, and more affordably than the major garden centers would have you believe. The kitchen partner and I started our marigolds and pansies in a new way this year,…

  • Gardening

    Community Garden Resource Fair

    This morning I posted an event notice on if you’ll be in the Twin Cities this weekend. Gardening Matters is hosting their 8th Annual Community Garden Resource Fair. The kitchen partner and I will be in attendance with cameras in hand to capture all the exciting things happening in metro community gardens!

  • Gardening,  Other Writings

    Three Video Thursday: Starting the Garden

    Sprouting, springtime, and seeds have been on our minds this week. In a 10 day’s time, our seed starting table has gone from this: to this: If you’re looking for a taste of spring yourself, here’s three videos to inspire you to get your grow on. First is a recap of how some New York City gardeners are utilizing unique spaces to grow food. Recognize anyone from Truck Farm? Second is a time-lapse of sprouting wheat grass from seed. Love it. And the third is a fantastic wedding idea that I think every couple should add in their plans! New York Farm City from Petrina TV on Vimeo. A Couple’s…

  • Gardening,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Your Summer Veggie Plan

    Two years ago this week I decided the kitchen partner and I were going to have a garden. We’d moved into our house in October, braved a long winter, and were ready to get our hands dirty. I hopped online and started looking for community garden space near our town home complex and sent a few emails. Rather than wait for a response like a non-crazy, overly ambitious person I busted out the seed catalogs and started sketching plans for rows upon rows of fresh green veggies. Two days later, a devastating email relayed all the plots for the season were full and we’d been placed on a waiting list…

  • Canning,  Cooking

    Homemade Horseradish Sauce

    Mondays are always good days for a “Who would’ve thought?” story. Back in May I took a trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and spent a Tuesday afternoon browsing the newly planted gardens. I remember taking this photo while I was there and wondering who on this green Earth decides the Herb of the Year? Sure enough, there’s an International Herb Association, who selects the Herb of the Year for special celebration and promotion.  2011 happens to be the Year of Horseradish. Who would’ve thought?   Horseradish and I don’t have a strong prior relationship, one mostly unscrewing the jar and turning my burning nose away from pungency.  News flash.…