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Food Gardening Magazine • October 2021

Although fall begins in late September, it’s October that really feels like the season is changing, at least here in New England. I start the month with my windows open, enjoying the gentle morning breeze. By the end of the month, I’m usually trying to see how long I can go before I need to turn on the heat. A hot apple cider helps!  READ MORE right arrow

Food Gardening with Amanda

A few years ago, I was in line at the farmer’s market talking to a farmer about how great he must be feeling because it’s the “end of the season.” (Did I mention that I stink at small talk?) My new farmer friend gently schooled me explaining there really is no “end of season” for a farmer, no matter what time of year it is. As we finished up and I removed my foot from my mouth, he told me there was plenty I could do in my vegetable garden to get a jumpstart on my spring crops.  READ MORE right arrow
When you come up with a plan for your garden, do you usually have a cuisine in mind? I know that when I plant, I always want to have tomatoes and basil on hand for Caprese salads, pesto, and tomato sauce. Though in reality, because my garden is always so full of fresh juicy vegetables, they sometimes go to waste because I haven't gotten to them in time. I'm sure you know what I mean, frustrating, right?  READ MORE right arrow
Pickling is so much fun, but there's a lot of confusion around it, so many people are a little afraid to do it! I totally get that too, because fermented pickles are a science show all on their own. But that's not the only way you can pickle, and in fact, there are many ways to do it.  READ MORE right arrow
In the cooler months, one of my favorite gardening activities is looking through seed catalogs and planning my spring garden. And I don't know about you, but I know that in my experience it can be very tricky to get my hands on certain varieties of seeds that are either rare or in high demand. That's why I don't like to leave it to chance when I find a veggie I love, like a special heirloom tomato. Saving seeds from vegetables may seem like a lot of work, but if you enjoy it, it's really just part of the gardening cycle. If you want to learn how to get seeds from your vegetables, I'm going to show you how!  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

ways to use extra carrots
There are dozens of varieties of carrots you can grow in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They're a great snack. You can cook them up as a side dish or grate them and add them to a quesadilla. You can pickle them or turn them into Carrot Cake. Just one problem: they grow underground, so we're often left wondering how to know when carrots are ready to harvest.  READ MORE right arrow
Rosemary is relatively easy to grow, having few demands and few disease or pest problems. It has a pungent flavor and a pine-like scent that's popular in many culinary traditions. And once you know how to dry fresh rosemary, you can take advantage of this aromatic herb any time of the year.  READ MORE right arrow
You’ve grown pumpkins. You started them as seeds, watched them sprout, watched the vines spread and flower. And now you have pumpkins ready for harvest. Just one problem. You have a LOT of pumpkins and you’re probably wondering what to do with pumpkins so you can get the most enjoyment possible from them.  READ MORE right arrow

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