Veggie Gardening 101
This past Saturday I took a class sponsored by the Charleston Parks Conservancy called Vegetable Gardening for Beginners in the South. Could it have been titled any more appropriately? It seemed perfect in title and description, so I signed up and adventured over to James Island to see what I could learn. And learn I did! Jim Martin is a fantastic teacher! He doesn’t claim to know...
Local students learn from school gardens →
Check out this article - it’s pretty amazing. Get kids out of the classroom where they zone out, and get them in a garden where their is the opportunity for them to learn so much and feel like part of something. And now they are selling their produce back to the school and feeling like productive, contributing citizens. Very cool stuff is happening right here in our community.
We are excited to starting some seedlings for the fall crop (upside of the oppressive heat, we can grow things well into what should be winter). So far we’ve planted spinach, broccoli, squash (Winter and Summer) and cucumbers. We’ll keep these inside for a few weeks until the seedlings are ready to go outside. However this means that outside we’ve had to clear out the two...
While we will try to keep this about food we’ve grown and from our CSA I just wanted to share a special trip we took. For my birthday Angie got me tickets to see Alison Krauss and Union Station at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC. Besides some of the most beautiful music, the setting was amazing: Asheville has become a kind of second home for us with several trips over the last two years. It...
So I decided to try my first adventure in pickling. We got some “pickling cucumbers” from our CSA and I bought some supplies to try it out. (See supplies below) The process was fairly simple. First you cut up all the cucumbers: Next boil up some water, vinegar, pickling salt and dill: Next we jump over to the cut cucumbers which have been placed into the Ball Jars: Pour the...
We have produce! Not much, but I’m counting it. This weekend we pulled these 2 guys off the tiny little plant and enjoyed the crap out of them. Since I’ve been buying tomatoes from the farmer’s market and getting them from my garden and other’s gardens, I really can’t bring myself to buy grocery store tomatoes. They don’t even come close. These were so good...
Newcomers and Surprise Guests
Angie here - just a quick update on the latest plants to join the garden fun: Here we have an itty bitty watermelon, given to me by a friend. We planted it alongside the sweet potatoes because that is really the only place it’ll fit. We’re hoping with the watermelon growing up top and the sweet potatoes doing their thing underground, they can peacefully coexist. ~~~~~~ My friend also gave...
All in the details...maybe
Gardening with your significant other can be quite an eye opening experience. We are learning more about each other, and also seeing how the tendancies we’ve seen in other aspects of our lives come out in the garden - and its always quite amusing for both of us. It has become apparent that I, Angie Rogers, am a rule follower. This is interesting because I am the tattooed one, the roller...
So here we go. Last year (2010) we started a garden that was met with moderate success. We grew tons of sweet potatoes (awesome) but struggled with some of the other veggies (squash and tomatoes). Anyway we’ve decided to up the ante for 2011 and try again, hopefully having learned something from last year. Basic idea here is just to document it for anyone who might be interested. Weird...