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Acts of Faith: Gardening feeds body and soul

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Kate Gridley



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I have long thought that putting those first seeds into the ground is akin to an act of faith. Is it too soon? Is it warm enough? Will there be enough moisture? Too much? Will the seeds sprout? Or rot?

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Patchwork

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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READ LOCAL ARTIST Kate Gridley's newest patchwork column. Pictured above is a still life painted by Gridley of arcana eggs.

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Patchwork: A time of chickens, and a youngest son comes of age

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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Amidst a riot of perennial blooms such as I have never seen in my backyard gardens, the peas are finished, the green beans are producing more than we can eat, tomatoes are ripening quickly, zucchini plants are covered with blossoms (though no fruit — not enough pollinators?), sorrel and spinach have gone to seed, carrots are long and tasty. And I have had to water; we need a good soaking rain.

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Patchwork: First wave of food reminds us of our good fortune

Posted on June 22, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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It’s the season of first cuttings of hay, fresh peas, garlic scapes, early broccoli and strawberries. The day lilies are blooming, the peonies winding down and the sorrel has bolted even though I have been cutting it back.

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Patchwork: Botswana gardener shares common ground

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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My garden is no longer my own. I have a weeding partner early mornings, when the shadows are long and the air is cool. Annette, from Gaborone, Botswana, is the mother of our “host son,” Aubrey, who has been attending Middlebury College for the past four years. She arrived a week ago to witness his graduation.

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Patchwork: It's time to feast on spring's firsts

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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As afternoon shadows lengthen and we put away the tools from a day of gardening, I pick our first salad of the year.

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Patchwork: Harvest time comes with the Hunter's Moon

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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We harvested more potatoes today, on a warm clear afternoon, geese threading south high above. With the first killing frost a few days ago, we now light a fire in the fireplace at night, but steadfastly refuse to turn on the heat during the day. The temperature went down to 58 in the house; sweaters came out, quilts for the beds, the soup pot went on the stove and we began toting firewood.

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Patchwork: Time for taking stock (and making stock)

Posted on September 22, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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The jars of tomato sauce, blueberry conserve, raspberry-blueberry preserve, and dried herbs line the walls of our “dark pantry,” the one that has no windows or heat, so it acts as a root cellar in the winter. Dried chamomile blossoms, dried mint, dried lemon verbena fill the jars on my tea shelf.

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Patchwork: Tuscan traditions reveal lost culinary arts

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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It is an unusual nursery school conversation. A teacher and I kneel down to where my son Charles holds his latest rendering of our family in his four-year-old fists. Four figures, one very tall (John), two medium sized (Charles and me), and one exceptionally small (the little brother), stand in front of a tall house with four windows and a front door.

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Patchwork: College gardens may produce tomato envy

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Kate Gridley



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Tomato season is finally here. The red (yellow, orange, if not mottled green), juicy, oozing with vitamin C, sweet but slightly acid pungent fruit is in season. And it is a fruit, not a vegetable. We just call it a vegetable.

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