Monthly Archives: July 2011

Squash blossoms

You can pick and eat the blossoms from zucchini, summer squash, pumpkin and winter squash vines. The Italians first discovered how tasty a delicacy these blossoms are. Pick blossoms that are firm, fresh and slightly opened. Blossoms are either male … Continue reading

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Last two weeks, I harvested garlic and now it cures. This is garlic planted last October. I’d planted eight varieties so there’s porcelain white, pink and purple garlic hanging in bundles from every knob in my home. It smells great. … Continue reading

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Zucchini originates from Mexico and still is an integral part of the milpah, the indigenous American  garden of maize, beans and squash. Somehow, centuries after the Spaniards brought it to Europe, it was adopted by the Italians; we all assume … Continue reading

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Weeding and metaphors

This season, I’ve done my share of weeding. Hot, dirty work. Weeding proves therapeutic: anyone feeling homicidal or suicidal only need weed for a day to get it out of their system. It’s easy to incorrectly turn weeding into the … Continue reading

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