Author Archives: Patricia Larenas

Grow an Herbal Tea Garden

May 14th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

A cup of fragrant herb tea is a natural choice when you want to avoid caffeine. And best of all, you can grow a variety of wonderfully scented herbs in your garden or in containers

Pickled Nasturtium Pods

May 7th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

You can find lots of recipes for pickling green nasturtium pods; all you really need is vinegar and salt. Traditionally they have been used in place of capers. The good news is that these flowers are easy to grow and abundant

Fava Bean Spring Salad

April 30th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

Tender spring fava beans are wonderfully buttery - we grow them every year and watch the pods swell with great anticipation. In our family, the favorite way to eat them is to make a simple but delicious warm salad with a lemony dressing

Edible Garden Photo Essay

April 23rd, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

I can't think of a better way to honor our planet than to take time to appreciate its natural beauty, and that may be as nearby as our own gardens.

Conversations With the Land: A Book Review

April 19th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

Farmer Jim VanDerPol writes with clarity about how agribusiness has changed not only our relationship with the land and our food, but how our sense of community and connection to one another has been displaced

Spring Artichoke Salad

April 12th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

If you can't grow your own artichokes, look for very fresh, young artichokes to make this raw artichoke salad. It will surprise you with its delicate nutty flavor

Using a Cold Frame to Start Your Summer Garden

April 9th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas

Using a cold frame is a fantastic low-tech way to start your seeds for a summer vegetable garden. Even if you have a long growing season, you'll have your yummy veggies on the table earlier in the summer than if you wait to sow your seeds directly in the soil

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