Poke sallet, Phytolacca Americana, a weed that is both feared and loved by many Southerners, was the first wild green I learned harvest. I had been hunting mushrooms for years, and had always wanted to forage for edible plants as well, but I was hesitant to learn without the help of an experienced picker. Well, In the south,... Continue Reading →
Guest Blogger: The Snake Method for Smoked Top Sirloin Roast I Love Meat! Plucking delicacies from the garden, field and forest floor is an unparalleled past-time. But cooking meat outdoors is the lifestyle that I was born to live.
Foraging for wild foods is a way to be more connected with our beautiful planet and the source of our foods. It is probably fair to say that most foragers are health-conscious, organic-minded and somewhat "crunchy." I definitely am. I buy organic whenever possible, stock our freezer with wild game or locally grown meat and... Continue Reading →
When I started writing this Backyard Gardening Economics post, I knew I would have a difficult time narrowing down my topics. There are many money savers that I want to praise. There are also plenty of crops that I choose to grow for other reasons, even though I know I'm not saving money by doing... Continue Reading →
There are many great reasons for growing food in your own yard: flavor, aesthetics, health, environmental, and sometimes cost. We all like to think that the hard work we put into our gardens will be rewarded with bountiful harvests of perfect produce that will lower our grocery bills. But, that may not always be the... Continue Reading →
When you have beautiful freshly pulled carrots, you celebrate them with simplicity. This is probably the most basic recipe I will ever share and one of the most delicious. Perfectly roasted carrots are elegant, sweet, and rich. When accented with thyme butter and a touch of honey, they shine. Ingredients 10-12 carrots, fresh from the... Continue Reading →
Cherry tomatoes have never been what I would consider an important part of my summer gardens. I've grown one or two each year for snacking and salads, but they haven't been useful for much else. My Grandaddy Joe always told me I was silly for growing them. He couldn't stand those thick skinned little things.... Continue Reading →
Pak Choi is one of my favorite cool season vegetables. Like many Asian greens, this little cabbage is a great addition to Southern gardens. I have always been able to effortlessly grow beautiful pak choi in my fall gardens. But, when planted in the Spring, it sometimes gets shocked by our rollercoaster weather patterns. If there are too many hot days... Continue Reading →