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.

Respect your Elder!

I’ve said often that June is my favorite month.  The weather has settled, the flowers are blooming, and the bounty of the potager is flowing into the kitchen.  But it’s the elder that makes this month so special to me.  … Continue reading

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Harvest Monday-June 18

  Happily, we’ve reached that time of the season when it’s not “what can I find to harvest?” but “what do I want to harvest?”  Of course, picking crops at their peak determines much of what comes to the kitchen.  … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: June 16

  This is my absolutely favorite time of the year!  By mid-June the blessings from the potager are so abundant that it is hard to pick only 6, but here’s what’s on my mind this week.  1) Succession plantings!  With … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday-June 9

It’s “Selebration Saturday” here because 1 1/2″ of rain fell on Thursday night, allowing this gardener to do something besides watering!  Berry rows have been weeded, annuals have been planted, and the Cutting Garden tidied.  With the rain, the plants … Continue reading

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Out with the Old, In with the New….sometimes!

Our record heat here in Indiana is generating a quicker-than-normal turn-around in the potager.  A premise of the potager is the replacement of one crop as soon as it is harvested with a succession crop, thus keeping all parts of … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday-June 2

May in our part of Indiana brought record heat and very little rain.  Although parts of the state were blessed with rain as June began, all the storms passed north or south of us.  So this “Six on Saturday” is … Continue reading

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May’s End Views

  As May slips to an end, it is most appropriate to feature the star of the Deck Garden, the prolific, no-care “May Queen” Shasta.  I love these simple daisies, so abundant that cutting daily bouquets barely makes a dent … Continue reading

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