Radishes at Work

Radishes at Work

The sign said, “Radishes at Work,” and we couldn’t help but stop and see what it was about. Susan and I were visiting Winterthur (pronounced “Wintertur”), a lush thousand-acre estate at the northern tip of Delaware, a few miles northwest of Wilmington and about 30...
Building Community – One Berry at a Time

Building Community – One Berry at a Time

It’s blueberry season, at least where I live, and blackberry season, too. Like tomatoes on the vine and okra on the stalk, they are seasonal reminders that we live in a world of amazing abundance and variety, with much to be grateful for. We enjoy the bounty that...
The Best Thing about Summer

The Best Thing about Summer

This is what summer is about: thick slices of a beautiful, homegrown tomato between two slices of bread with plenty of mayonnaise (I don’t care what brand) and eaten without regard for juice dribbling onto your chin. Some folks say it tastes best if eaten while...
Seriously Heirloom Crops

Seriously Heirloom Crops

The little garden spots Susan and I fit in around our house, growing such vegetables as we can, was the focus of my column last week. This week we ate the first yellow squash and green beans from the front yard; the peppers and tomatoes continue to grow. I’ve noticed...
Vegetables, Vermin, and Blossom-End Rot

Vegetables, Vermin, and Blossom-End Rot

When I was growing up in the red clay hills of eastern Georgia, my parents believed firmly in the value of a big garden. We lived on four acres of land. The house and yard took up about a third of that. The garden comprised an acre or so. Most of the rest was wooded...