Oh goodness, I’m realizing I left out a few essential photos in my Baby Animals post! So, here they are, with a special shoutout to my dear piglet lovers, Gail & Atan and Francesca & Michael.
Just a reminder: Baby Animals at HSV! display & play time ends on May 5th. Hurry!
And a semi-rhetorical question: Is there anything cuter than a piglet?! 10 piglets, perhaps?
. . . CONTINUE READING → …and piglets, too!
Stinging nettles and ramps are finally here!!! My favorite early spring ingredients! Quite tiny still but I managed to forage enough for a quick pesto and we even brought a small bag home. I’ll cook something nettly tomorrow.
I planted more ramps this weekend both in the garden and in the woods. For the last 2-3 years, whenever I buy ramps, I only use the greens for cooking and plant the bottoms. At least half of them come up the following spring, and hopefully we soon . . . CONTINUE READING → Nettles, ramps, and daffodils
With only 4 weeks and 3 days until the official last-frost date in our area (woo-hoo!), it’s time to get my hands dirty. And also my nose, as evidenced below.
I spent most of this sunny but slightly chilly weekend seed-starting. On Saturday I bought 30 pounds of dirt at our neighborhood Chelsea Garden store…
…at 43rd St and 11th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen. The ad in the background is for Club Med, . . . CONTINUE READING → Mud on my face
Last weekend I finally got to plant the peas. And also some radishes. There was no more snow on the ground in the garden but the weekend was pretty cold and it was even snowing several times on Saturday. Garlic is up and already about an inch tall. But everything else is fast asleep. Even the stinging nettles haven’t started growing yet, so no stinging nettle soup for me… Hopefully, next weekend.
The garden might not be beaming with action yet but a mere 15 . . . CONTINUE READING → Baby Animals!
Happy Easter to all who celebrated it yesterday! Have you seen any bunnies? I’d like to use this opportunity to announce my decision to plant lots of flowers this year. And maybe even save a few, with your help.
The etherial majesty above is not an Easter lily, but I thought there was something easterly about it, especially because it came from a bouquet James got me for Valentine’s day that coincided with the beginning of lent this year. Is this too much of a stretch? . . . CONTINUE READING → How to save a life… of an Easter lily
Well, I didn’t plant any peas this St. Patrick’s Day, and here’s why:
There’s still snow on most of the garden and it hasn’t even started waking up. Or maybe it already has (I spotted a few garlic sprouts) and just keeps hitting a circadian snooze button…
Last year around this time, the hellebores were blooming and I actually did plant the peas on St. Patti’s day. Compare and contrast with these photos from last . . . CONTINUE READING → Where is the spring?
May your roses never hunger for Epsom salt…
As New York City was bracing itself for a snowstorm last weekend, I was going through our fridge, trying to figure out what to cook on a stormy night. I had some fresh tilapia and a few random items left unused from several previous FreshDirect deliveries. Among them, a bunch of collard greens. I was going to make this miniera recipe and top it off with some tahini sauce but then I unearthed a bag of garden beets - and felt . . . CONTINUE READING → Collard Greens Chiffonade With Caramelized Beets & Onions
When we visited the garden a week ago, it surprised us with some green winter harvest from underneath a thin layer of fresh snow.
I found a small head of cabbage and a whole bunch of lacinato kale that the deer haven’t gotten to yet. We made a delicious fried rice with them. Parsley and sage are greening on, too.
To complement these inspirational . . . CONTINUE READING → Winter Vegetables
If I could choose one month to spend in complete hibernation, it would be November. And I often find myself craving a cocktail during this S.A.D. time of year. Honk if you judge. (Why are you reading and driving anyway?..)
Obviously, a depressant is not an ideal way to counter depression… The best available treatment for S.A.D., allegedly, is to get some warm sunlight. But if neither an escape to Mexico nor a quick bonfire in your city apartment is an option, and you are going to have a cocktail anyway, let’s pump as much light therapy into it . . . CONTINUE READING → Autumn Bonfire, Oaxaca Style