Author Archives: carolee

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.

Garlic is Planted!

  Somehow it is always comforting, as the current growing season comes to an end, that the act of planting cloves of garlic marks the beginning of the next growing season.  It’s an act of faith that the cloves will … Continue reading

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September Review

  September already seems like a blur!  Overall we had great weather, with ample rain and reasonable temperatures.  September is not the hectic harvest month that July and August are, but there was a nice variety of crops harvested:  Italian … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday-Oct. 6

  It’s definitely autumn, although the temperatures are still mild…85 degrees today, but only 57 yesterday.  The black walnuts and cottonwood leaves are falling, foliage is turning to fall’s palette, and colors are intensifying.  For the first Saturday of October’s … Continue reading

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Kitchen at Harvest Time

  I love this time of year!  It’s not as hectic as the planting/clean-up time in spring, or the hot, picking/weeding days of summer.  The pace is slower, but still filled with meaningful harvests and preserving of the bounty of … Continue reading

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Herbal Teas

As most of you know or may have guessed, I’m a tea addict so I’m always trying new combinations of herbs for tea blends.   Actually, my entire passion for herbs began with tea herbs when I impulsively picked up … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday-9/15/18

  There’s a misty fog over the potager this morning, reminiscent of visits to the Smokey Mountains.  The grass is so heavy with dew that my pant legs are soaked before arriving at the gate.  Today is mid-point for September.  … Continue reading

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Wondering…..

   Thirty years ago, or so, I enjoyed painting landscapes but I haven’t painted since.  However, now that I’m retired, once the gardening season is finished, I tend to flounder and stew until the seed catalogs begin to arrive.  To … Continue reading

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