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8.13.12 Trimming garlic

Of the three varieties of garlic we harvested, the Phillips was the first to dry and be ready for trimming. We broke a bulb apart to check for any signs of disease, and found clean, unblemished cloves within. Once the stems, … Continue reading

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Almonds & Mint

“…here in California using Asian ingredients is part of what we do, part of a chef’s vocabulary. It’s not fusion, it’s Californian.” — Chef Jason Fox, Commonwealth, San Francisco Sometimes food is as much about a cook’s own history as … Continue reading

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7.30.12 Garlic harvest

A run of hot, sunny days resulted in perfect conditions for harvesting garlic.  We waited for the bottom three leaves to die back, a sign they were ready to be pulled. We began with the German Extra-Hardy; each remaining leaf represents a … Continue reading

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7.23.12 Sunday to Sunday

A kitchen garden has a rhythm of its own, and this is the time of year when the garden needs to be picked daily. And the more you pick, the more the plants will produce. Here’s a week’s worth of … Continue reading

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Quick Summer Pickles

Preserving a bit of summer really doesn’t get any easier than this. I’ve been pickling for some years now, but usually the canned or lacto-fermented versions. I’d shied away from making refrigerator pickles with the fear that they wouldn’t store … Continue reading

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7.2.12 Pests and other garden afflictions

The garden is beginning to resemble a nursing ward. It’s almost fully planted, and with that comes a host of garden afflictions. These include pests, disease, vagaries of weather, and the gardener inflicted, such as over- or under-watering, and lack … Continue reading

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6.25.12 Pre-heatwave harvest

To stave off damage from last week’s heat wave, we watered heavily — including carrying buckets of it out to the rhubarb patch — and tented the raised beds with row cover to provide some shade, harvesting all that we … Continue reading

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