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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.

Salsify!

I grew up eating salsify (always pronounced SAL-sif-eye at home, but recently I watched a video where it was pronounced sal-sih-FEE!) and assumed that everyone else ate it also, but seemingly that is not the case. We commonly ate it … Continue reading

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And now the Flower Half!

As, mentioned in the potager food post, for 2022 half the potager is being planted in cutting flowers for the “Growing Kindness” give-away bouquet project. I’m so excited, because it means trying some new crops, experimenting to get the timing … Continue reading

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The Last Tomato

January 7th, the date we ate the last fresh tomato of the 2021 season! It was only after I diced it up to put on tacos that it dawned on me that I should take a photo of the final … Continue reading

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December: Monthly Review

This post closes out the final month of 2021, the dreary month of December that would be nearly unbearable if it were not for the cheery holiday decorations, Christmas movies, special dishes (even if there is no one to share … Continue reading

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Saving seed

This time of year, when I’m searching through the seed catalogs and seeing the increased prices I wonder “WHY in the heck didn’t I save more seed?!?!” Or course, I’d still peruse the catalogs for any new, exciting varieties but … Continue reading

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Farewell 2021….

As I sit here pondering what to write on this final day of 2021, I feel as though it’s all been said before. Most of 2021 was a repeat of 2020, but with slightly different timing. If I just reprinted … Continue reading

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It’s Potager Planning Time again!

It’s that time of year when my thoughts are filled with next year’s potager. At my age thoughts come and go, so it’s best to get them down on paper. You may recall that last year I did an extended … Continue reading

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Our “Feast of the Seven Fishes”

For a good while, I’ve been wanting to experience the “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” a meal traditionally served on Christmas Eve, generally by Italian American families. Although my ancestors were not Italian, I appreciate Italian food immensely. In this … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to all! I hope your holiday is special in some way. Right now we’re having a thunderstorm! There’s a creek running through our back yard because it’s been pouring since midnight. Interestingly, my mother who lives a little … Continue reading

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Do you see what I see?

Yes! The first seedlings for the 2022 season are emerging! If you’ve never grown lisianthus from seed, it’s not for the impatient or the feint of heart. Last year was my first time, and I’ve never grown anything so darn … Continue reading

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