Auteur: vera@gtc

Cheater’s apple strudel

I have a serious obsession with apples. I’d argue that as obsessions go, this is a healthy one, but my family who get dragged to at least one apple festival every fall and are regularly required to participate in apple-tasting…

18 goals for 2018

Do you make resolutions? Set goals? I usually have a few things I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year, but this time when I sat down to write a list of my gardening goals, I ended…

Week of eating from the garden – December

Boy, is my oven getting a workout at the moment! I’m roasting all the vegetables that I come across, I bake cakes and make granola. It’s been cold, even snowing, and since we do not have a wood stove (maybe…

Quince & cranberry chutney

Somewhere in November, my mom texted me the photos below with the caption: ‘We have all these beautiful fragrant quince – what should I do with them?’ The fruits were from a tree in their garden that we planted together…

Harvesting on December 1st – video

Being self-sufficient is easy during the summer months and fall but becomes less so when temperatures start dropping bellow freezing. Little will grow now, when it’s cold and the days are short and gloomy, which is why our winter crops…

Wild mushroom pizza

The abundance of autumn can get a little overwhelming – not only is there all the garden produce to take care of, store or preserve, there are also a lot of wild delicacies available for free in the nature. But…

7 more winter squash varieties – video

Every year we cover a strip of ground under the trees of our young food forest with cardboard to eradicate perennial weed and then plant squash through holes in the cardboard. Later, this space will be planted with perennial herbs…

Grape almond honey cake

Back in July when my birthday was coming up, Remco asked me what I wanted as a present and I said: ‘Pergola!’. This pergola has long been planned (& dreamed about) and I must admit that in my lack of…

Fall vegetable soup

When I was young, I remember often coming down to the kitchen early in the morning to find my mom next to the stove, a wooden spoon in one hand,  a book she was currently reading in the other, absent-mindedly…

Saganaki

How are your tomato plants doing? Still pumping fruits by the bucket or finished because of blight, hornworms or early frost? Here the only tomato variety I have known to keep going outside past August is ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’. Many…

Week of eating from the garden – September

It’s Wednesday evening and I’m finally sitting down to look back at what we’d made with our beautiful harvest. The abundance at this moment is such that, to be honest, I did not even get around to using everything –…

Harvesting in September – video

September is a time of wonderful abundance in the garden – most of the summer vegetables are still producing while the cool weather crops are coming into their own. Which means we’re picking lots of sweet corn, zucchini, tomatoes and…

Plant functions in the permaculture garden – video

For about 15 years now I’ve been experimenting with fruit tree guilds. Most of the plants I plant in the herb layer under my fruit trees are edible and/or medicinal but they fulfil other functions, too – some fix nitrogen…

No Dig Organic Home & Garden – book review

There are gardeners who embrace the repetitive nature of gardening and are content to grow the same vegetables in the same way, year after year. And then there are gardeners who approach every season as a new adventure, an opportunity…

Our berry hedge – video

Like all urban backyards, ours is surrounded on all sides by walls and fences. Instead of complaining about the shade, I choose to see this as an opportunity to grow lots of crops vertically. Depending on how warm or shady…