GROWING FOOD

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

With the colder temperatures and shorter days we settle down indoors with books, computers, cosy blankets and warm socks. With more free time the kitchen seems to get a little more attention. Winter is all about staying comfortable and comfort food leads the way. It seems that every winter I gain a few unwanted pounds that have to be worked…

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Why I Grow Vegetables

Why I Grow vegetables with Sensible gardening. 5 reasons why you should too.

More and more I have become suspect of the quality and purity of the food we eat. With greater awareness of the realty of modern food production, the less enchanted I’ve become with much of the food offered at the grocery store. We’ve made the commitment to purchase as much organic food as possible and to support the organic growers…

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How to Plant Garlic Bulbs

Planting Garlic Bulbs with Sensible Gardening and Living

We can never have enough garlic in our household and I would need  a very large area to grow all that we use. I do contribute however by giving garlic a full row all to itself in the vegetable patch.This year I purchased my garlic seed bulbs at the farmers market from a local organic grower. I believe he said…

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Apple Overload

Apple Boxes at Sensible Gardening and Living

Our farm is right smack in the middle of apple orchard country in BC and this time of year apples are everywhere. A little bit like the zucchini dilema that everyone with a vegetable garden can relate to. After awhile you’re just not sure what else to do with all the apples. These are the apple bins sitting by the…

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Chocolate Dipped Autumn Grapes

Chocolate Dipped Grapes at Sensible Gardening and Living

We live in wine country with grapes growing all around us. Most of the grapes grown in the vineyards  are used in the wine industry but it is always fun to grow some for ourselves  just for the pleasure of eating. We grow a seedless, sweet green grape called “Himrod”. The grapes mature in the fall and are sweetest after…

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Butternut Squash Salad

Squash Salad at Sensible Gardening and Living

I have a confession to make, my husband Chris cooks all of our main meals. This started about 5 years ago after the kids were all gone and he developed a keen interest in eating with a strong slant towards being vegetarians. This was all just fine with me, as after all the years I cooked for the family, I…

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Garlic Demystified (How to Cure Garlic)

Curing Garlic at Sensible Gardening and Living

Just can’t get enough garlic around here. We cook with it profusely. Last fall I planted a lovely row of garlic cloves which did very well. Wintered beautifully and and grew to full size bulbs. I dug them up about a week ago and was pleasantly surprised to see well formed, large bulbs of wonderful garlic. I knew they were…

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Growing Great Peas

Great Tips for growing Great Peas with Sensible Gardening

We have really been enjoying our peas this year. With the cooler spring weather we were having they grew well and have been generous in their production. I seldom grow the shelled peas but prefer the sugar pod types and snow peas where we eat pod and all. Peas are a cold season crop and are easy to grow. They…

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Growing Kale

Growing Kale at Sensible Gardening and Living

Welcome to the new world of kale. Once a forgotten green leaf, kale has reinvented itself into the culinary and health food worlds. Loaded with goodness ( vitamins A, C and K and fibre, calcium and iron) the young leaves are great in salads and mature leaves make for tasty steamed greens, not to mention it’s ornamental qualities. Kale is…

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How to Grow Lettuce

How to Grow Lettuce with Sensible Gardening

  Lettuce is probably one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Because it takes so little room it is a great candidate for container or balcony gardening. I plant mine in rows right in the garden because I have the room to do so. There are several varieties of lettuce to choose from. Decide if you want to plant a…

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Herbs can be Simple

Herbs can be simple with Sensible Gardening. Easy herbs you can grow.

Herbs are a great group of plants to grow as they are not only very attractive in the garden but also lend themselves to culinary and craft activities.  Nurseries are now supplying us with a vast choice of herbs to grow, and like any other group of plants some are easier to grow than others. The beauty of growing herbs is…

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Remembering the Tomato

Tomatoe Vines at Sensible Gardening and Living

A re-look at growing tomatoes from seed, sharing with the Homestead Blog Hop Ready to go into the garden, been rather cold here but it looks like this week we are headed into warmer times. Probably put them in the cold frame for a about a week before I actually plant them into the ground. Growing from seed has it’s…

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