The Great Bean Conundrum (plus a 4-bean salad to can)

I am drowning in beans. Somehow, the two 4-foot rows that I planted in my community garden plots are producing an average of about a pound of beans a day. Never, ever would I have guessed that they would produce so much. The obvious solution is to preserve them, but beans—the classic low-acid food—are a […]

Green Bean and Beet Salad

Simple, improvised salads are one of the purest joys of summer. Get a few flavor combinations down, and you’re set. Mark Bittman’s recent list of ideas of 101 salads is a great place to start, but really: just toss together whatever comes in from the garden and eat what you like. Not coincidentally, things that […]

Cabbage Overload

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t grow plenty of produce without a large garden. You’re looking at the 10 pounds of cabbage that I grew in the little speck of green in front of my house in West Philly. Nestled among the herbs, day lilies, irises, horseradish, strawberries, and chard, these guys provided […]

Freezing Beet Greens

As you can see from the date on the plastic bag, this post is a bit late in the offing, but I wanted to share it in case you’re still bringing in beets by the bucketload. Young beet greens—especially from yellow beets—are just as delicious as chard and can be used pretty much interchangeably, so […]

Freezing Turnip Greens

For me, the hardest thing about eating locally (or at least semi-locally) is setting aside some of the harvest for winter—but some vegetables are easier to sacrifice than others. Like, say, turnip greens. As you can see from this most recent shot of one of my garden plots, turnip greens grow back quickly.
The turnip […]

Grains and Greens

More gems from the garden: turnip greens!

Inspired by Mark Bittman’s dictum to eat whole grains, everyday, I mixed this with bulgar for a hearty, healthy, meal. You’ll note that I didn’t say “attractive.” While tasty and nutritious, the look of the final product can only be described as Moosewood circa 1982:

Nevertheless, since it’s an interesting […]

First Salad of Spring!

Finally! Today, at long last, the garden had enough greens to make a salad for the two of us. We topped this miraculous combination of spinach, baby chard, baby beet greens, and tatsoi with homemade balsamic dressing, some blue cheese, and walnuts. Spectacular! Since some of these greens are in partial shade, fingers crossed to […]


It’s not quite time to start planting those spring vegetables, but we’re oooooh so close! Today I could no longer resist the pull of the garden, and ended up buying enough seeds to sow half the neighborhood. A girl can dream. My exact garden configuration is still up in the air, pending various community garden […]