Spring

A week of eating from the garden/ spring

sized_A week of eating from the garden spring

It’s fun to see how what we eat has changed so completely since the last time I wrote “A week of eating from the garden” three months ago. In spring, it’s the greens that dominate in the garden and on…

Rhubarb walnut crumble

rhubarb walnut crumble

Every year I put a considerable amount of thought into the first rhubarb dish of the season. I usually cover one of our 20+ plants (I’ve been meaning to count) with a big bucket to force and blanch it and…

Seasonal salad – weeds

spring weeds salad

Do you have weeds in your garden? I hope you do – at least a few. Because if you have none you must either be an OCD gardener who puts the rest of us to shame, or you spray herbicides…

Edible garden in April 2015

kitchen garden in april

It is the kids’ spring break and tomorrow we’re leaving for France for a few days. I would like to take this opportunity to say how awesome it is to have kids who are big enough (and willing) to help…

Seasonal Salad – early April

early April salad from the edible forest garden

As mild as the winter has been for us (with a total of one day when the temperature did not come above zero), as cold is the current spring. Which means I am delaying sowing directly outside, (except for some…

Edible garden in March 2015

Allotment in march

People, if this is spring, I want a refund! What a difference from last year. There was a hail storm yesterday (actually several) and the ornamental plums on the other side of the street which are my barometer of spring…

Spring bulbs, 1st round

crocus

Truth be told, in early spring I do not spend that much time in the backyard. For this, the Dutch climate is mainly to blame (today for example it is cold and raining). I do get the necessary jobs done,…

Seasonal Salad – March

garden salad in March

Last Friday I was invited as a guest teacher to the Permaculture Design Course in Deventer to answer the participants’ questions related to vegetable growing, edible forest design, mulching, improving soil fertility and anything else they wondered about. Since the…

Bulb lasagne in a container

lasagna bulbs in container

I have been planting spring bulbs as long as I have had a garden but I still view them as prepackaged miracles: in the fall you put a bulb in the ground and in the spring, after you all but…

Chickpea, spinach and feta parcels

Chickpea, spinach and feta parcels

Though it’s still more than a week till summer officially starts, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the thermometer. The days are hot interrupted by a few storms, a walk through the garden yields a handful of assorted ripe…

Rosemary spelt cake

rosemary spelt cake

Many years ago I read a historical novel where the Russian Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna having moved to the Netherlands after marrying the future King William II was reported to complain that the wet Dutch climate was not suitable for…

May in rearview mirror

Allotment in May

May has treated us to some very cold days, some very warm, some sunshine and a lot rain. It is weather like this that makes the full benefits of raised beds and mulching obvious. The raised beds allow excess moisture…

Spinach and strawberry salad with goat cheese

spinach and strawberry salad with goat cheese

You know how many people feel an inexplicable attraction towards a certain country and its language? I know someone who spends every vacation in Ireland, a woman who learns Spanish for no particular reason and I even heard of a…

Garden Connect – May update

Garden Connect May

Garden Connect is a project that we’re participating in this year where gardeners from around the world grow identical 2 by 6 foot (60 x 180 cm) gardens, compare and share growing methods. Here’s an update of what’s happening in…

Rhubarb beer jam

rhubarb beer jam

Yes, that’s right, there’s rhubarb and beer in the title of this recipe. I think this jam would be worth making just for the fun of pouring beer over rhubarb or the looks you get when you serve it to…