Collards anyone?

I’ve learned that Springfield, Illinois just doesn’t garden like the North. The flowering dogwoods everywhere were a clue. Broccoli and brussels sprouts definitely sulk, so on a whim this year I rescued a dozen runty, overstressed collard plants from an end-of-season nursery and put them in the garden I tend for my employer.

They […]

A moment of beauty

Native wildflowers in our home garden

Growing food in tough economic times

A friend of mine sent this to a local (San Francisco Bay area) mailing list recently, and has given permission for it to be reposted here. Her suggestions on prioritizing what to grow given limited space especially caught my eye (and I am now mumbling about growing strawberries in hanging pots, to elfin’s bafflement […]

Growing your own potatoes, even in the city

Two interesting posts on growing potatoes in pots, ideal for urban gardening:

Growing potatoes for Manresa, a simply stunning restaurant: Planting Potatoes in Pots Urban homesteading: Patio potato farming

I think we’re going to give it a shot. Ambar says my ancestors want me to grow potatoes and who’s going to argue with the […]

Spring is around the corner

Here in California, spring is just beginning to peek out through the winter rains. The days are getting longer, it’s easier to get out of bed in the morning, and the local plants are just beginning to flower. Soup replaces stew and the bread rises a bit more […]

Seed dreams and other things…


I am dreaming of spring…no, lusting for spring and the food magic of gardening.

It may seem a bit early to be doing so since I live in well-wintered Chicago but I am a child of more southernly climes and my seasonal rhythms are forever set by Tennessee.  There, where the rolling […]