• Gardening

    Get Our Grow On – 2013

    Chances are if you’ve stopped by or tried to reach us in the past three weeks we were in the garden or somewhere between projects. Despite the “Junetober” we’ve had this year, it hasn’t stopped us from getting our grow on. My flowers are planted, the garden is in, and we finished up one of the largest landscaping projects either of us has ever taken on. Thought I’d take a break from the rhubarb and asparagus to give you a look into how we’re growing local this year. The Community Garden Plot  Our 10′ by 20′ patch of garden up the street is completely planted for the season with no…

  • 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…

  • Eating

    Swede Hollow Cafe

    What to do on the first 50 degree day in April? Too early to get in the garden, too nice out to be in the kitchen. The perfect solution: breakfast and tea with a good friend and her adorable kids in the garden at Swede Hollow Cafe. A few blocks from our house, Swede Hollow Cafe is one of those hidden gems in our neighborhood you like to tell everyone about, but at the same time feel is a special secret only you and the neighbors know. What’s special about this spot? The menu is full of homemade goodies. Every time I stop in there’s something new to try. This…