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Patchwork: Abundance brings new lessons from the garden

Posted on July 1, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



This early season seems extreme at our place, on the edge, with wild swings of weather and animal surprises: Orioles and bobolinks are absent, bees elusive, bats … gone. This morning an unusually large and noisy flock of crows fills the sky. I just know they’re planning to attack the raspberry patch once they’ve cleaned out the songbird nests.

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Ask Judy: Question of the week

Posted on July 1, 2010 |
By Judy Stevens



Ask Judy: Question of the Week

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Patchwork: Keep on top of chores, enjoy what's ripe

Posted on June 24, 2010 |
By Kate Gridley



My husband courted me with freshly picked ripe strawberries. Rising before 5 a.m. to pick 20 pounds of the shiny dark red fruit in the cool of a morning, he’d drive 120 miles to walk in just in time for breakfast. Two things were almost immediately obvious: first, it was time to learn to make jam, and second, I needed to marry this guy.

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Ask Judy: Shoreham vegetable farmer answers questions

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By Judy Stevens



Is it too late in the season to plant vegetables?

Absolutely not! You should still be able to find transplants of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, squashes and herbs at the local nurseries and farmers’ market. Set those out soon however, and hope for a late frost! If you haven’t gotten around to planting potatoes yet, now is as good a time as any. Several years back my neighbor Ross Sunderland planted a few rows of red potatoes on the Fourth of July that yielded beautifully by summer’s end.

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Patchwork: Grow artichokes in your Vermont kitchen

Posted on May 27, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



As a child I wanted swordfish and artichokes for my birthday dinner. I can’t imagine what came over me to ask for swordfish, but I still crave artichokes every spring the way my mother fixed them: steamed whole, upside down. Perhaps I loved them because they were expensive and made their appearance in northern New England groceries so briefly. Perhaps I loved that they came all the way from California.

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Patchwork: It started with raised beds in our driveway

Posted on May 20, 2010 |
By Kate Gridley



“I want my own patch!” Angus said every spring.  “I am going to have carrots, lots of carrots. They’ll be mine.”

“Me, too,” my other son, Charles, would chime in. “But I am going to have lots of vegetables, like tomatoes and radishes.”

Every May we stand, looking at six raised beds in a part of the yard that was a driveway when we bought the house. The first thing we did that April, 1996, was move the 10-foot-high arborvitae hedge that ran between a little garage and the house to the far side of the driveway, to create a sheltered, south-facing spot for a vegetable garden.

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Patchwork: The world in a garden right here at home

Posted on May 13, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



I’m probably breaking all the rules of “local” down in my basement, where under banks of grow lights artichokes, epazote, cumin and lemongrass, nigella and fenugreek, radicchio and rapini, Corsican gourds and tomatillos, and 12 varieties of hot peppers are humming along. There are the usual suspects, too — tomatoes and eggplants, squash and greens. 

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Patchwork: Gardeners mix growing with cooking

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Editor’s Note: The Addison Independent is introducing a new gardening column to run each Thursday through the growing season. It is written by three local gardeners — Kate Gridley of Middlebury, Barbara Ganley of Weybridge, and Judy Stevens of Orwell — from three perspectives.

The column will focus on lessons learned from the land and explores the ancient connection between the garden and the kitchen.

Kate chronicles adventures of the in-town artist-gardener who is passionate about the possibilities of growing and cooking with local seasonal ingredients.

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