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Patchwork: You didn't plant them, they volunteered

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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Some call them uninvited guests, interlopers, opportunists, ne’er-do-wells, even weeds. Earnest gardeners work hard at banishing these trespassers from vegetable beds, pulling them in fall and spring, evicting them when they pop up during the summer.

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Patchwork: Spring takes its time, and so does the garden

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



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As spring hems and haws and takes its own sweet time, Kate might be out there merrily tapping maples, but I’m watching the snowdrops shivering alone and the migratory birds wondering if they’ve missed a few degrees of latitude. Everything and everybody look a bit stunned around here.

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Patchwork: Irish roots here, but no cabbage

Posted on March 17, 2011 |
By Barbara Ganley



Editor’s note: Now that the sap is running, thoughts turn to the upcoming planting season. And so it's time for PatchWork: Two Gardens, Many Kitchens, to return for another nine months of gardening and cooking stories. Kate Gridley and Barbara Ganley will continue to be our featured writers; Judy Stevens has returned to her farm and will cheer from there. Guest writers will join Kate and Barbara from time to time to add their garden and kitchen tales, tips and recipes. Welcome back!

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Patchwork: That's not fall in my garden

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



I know, I know, it’s that time of year again — the first string of geese flew overhead as I thinned lettuce this morning; this evening as I picked beans, light slanted long shadows across the field and the air took a sudden chill. There’s no mistake about fall’s inexorable approach. No calendar needed, nor sounds of football game, marching band, school bell. It’s in the sunflowers heavy with seed flopping over beneath the weight of feasting squirrels. It’s in the garden chatter turning all chickadee, blue jay, goldfinch.

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Patchwork recipes: Hot 'n' spicy

Posted on September 2, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Barbara Ganley



NOTE: Do take care when handling hot peppers, especially cutting and deseeding them. Wash your hands carefully after working with them or wear rubber gloves. Avoid touching your eyes after handling them!


Hot Chile Oil
Adapted from “River Cottage Preserves Handbook”
Makes 2 cups

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Patchwork: Hot peppers of the world grow in close harmony

Posted on September 2, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



My house smells of hot peppers. Who knew that a dehydrator filled with them would send clouds of pungent oil into the air? At this rate I could probably produce highly effective pepper spray, may soon have to don goggles. It’s a good thing I can throw open windows and doors. It’s a good thing I have a tolerant family.

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Patchwork recipes: Fruitcake, chutney and slow-roasted tomatoes

Posted on August 19, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Barbara Ganley



In this week's Patchwork, the tomato and potato blight that is infecting crops reminds Barbara Ganley of her Irish roots. Read the column here, then try out some of the recipes below.


Verna Ganley’s Fruitcake

(As she wrote it)

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Patchwork: It's late August and time to recall our Irish roots

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



As I pick ripe tomatoes for one of Kate’s gazpachos (see last week’s column) and slow roasting, I think of the story my father-in-law tells of sneaking to his mother’s tomato patch brandishing a salt shaker spirited from the dining table, then squirreling himself inside the bower of sweet-earth smelling vines to devour tomato after tomato, warm, salted, sublime. It’s tough to imagine a disease brought on the wind marring this image or wiping out full crops of tomatoes and potatoes.

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Patchwork: Three Gardens, Many Kitchens

Posted on August 5, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



Flowers occupy an uneasy space in many vegetable and herb gardens. Sure, we grow them for their good looks and scent, to relieve the eye from all that green. Mostly, though, we’re trying either to forestall the flowering event in vegetables and herbs — if what we harvest from a plant is leaf or stem rather than fruit or seed — or to usher the plant safely through the flowering stage and on to the point — the fruit. But what about eating and drinking the blossoms themselves? Or the seeds?

Sunflowers and popcorn we grow for seeds, sure.

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Patchwork: A short discussion on the cucumber

Posted on July 22, 2010 |
By Barbara Ganley



I planted my first seed when I was three. At least that’s how the family story goes. While “helping” my mother in the garden shortly before we left for the summer, I was given a packet of cucumber seeds to hold, and managed to sprinkle them, without anyone realizing, among my father’s tea roses. We returned in August to a scene from “Little Shop of Horrors”: vines everywhere, crawling over the helpful, thorny roses, along the railing of the back stoop, up the fence and to the tops of the towering arborvitae. My father hated cucumbers.

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