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Finished, at least for a Week or Two

June 2nd, 2015

This past weekend I finally finished planting all of my first flush of plants. The last of the tomatoes and peppers went into the ground so they could get soaked in but the few days of rain that was forecasted.
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This doesn’t mean I’m finished, it’s now time to start seeding heat tolerant lettuces, radishes, peas, fall brassicas, and so much more. Work is never really finished in the garden, especially when you’re trying to maximize space and harvests while minimize canning and preserving work. I’ve been working really hard to get the timing right for fall/winter crops, each year I learn a little more. I must admit, it’s difficult to think about planting/seeding new things when you feel like you just finished planting the heat loving crops.

What are you planting this week and what things do you have planned for fall harvests?

Savoring Rhubarb

June 1st, 2015

It’s rhubarb season here in Maine and probably in other parts of the country as well. Rhubarb is one of those vegetables that people seem to love or hate. I happen to love it, the tart/sweet taste, the pink color, the interesting flavor, the plants; I love everything about it.
I have a few rhubarb plants in the garden, two different varieties. I’d love to get a few more as well to compare the plants and the flavors.
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Since it’s rhubarb season I’ve been making all things rhubarb to make the most of this lovely vegetable. I’ve made: rhubarb ketchup (which is fantastic on meatloaf), rhubarb BBQ sauce, rhubarb/apple jam, shrub, syrup, and I’m going to make pickled rhubarb and a few more this week.
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The rhubarb shrub I made is so pretty and it’s really refreshing. I’ve been mixing it with sparkling water for a refreshing afternoon drink. You can find the recipe over on Serious Eats. I’ll definitely be making a few more batches of this!
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Last Wednesday I loaded up a big batch of rhubarb, a few cooking ingredients, and headed over to a friend’s house. We spent the morning making all sorts of delicious things featuring rhubarb. It’s always fun to spend your time preserving with a friend. Not only do you get to chat while you work, you don’t end up with mass quantities of everything. I love only having one or two jars of each thing in the pantry, there are only two of us after all.
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The rhubarb BBQ is FANTASTIC. I love that it doesn’t have any ketchup in it, which is perfect for any of you that can’t tolerate nightshade plants. The flavor is amazing and I can only imagine it will get better and better as it ages. I’m definitely making another batch of this delicious goodness!
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This year I also started some seed for perpetual rhubarb, which allows for harvesting all summer long. The plants are just tiny seedlings right now, I’ll keep you posted on how they do throughout the summer and next year. I would love to have a little bit of rhubarb all summer long instead of just one big glut in the spring.

Rhubarb, do you love it or hate it? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.