Monthly Archives: August 2014

How to Can Potatoes

When summer canning is underway, most people don’t include potatoes. That’s reasonable. Potatoes are available all year long, they’re cheap to buy and they can be stored in a cool place for a fairly long time without the need for … Continue reading

Posted in DIY | Tagged | Leave a comment

How to Check Trees for Asian Longhorned Beetles

The Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), native to Korea, China and Japan, is an invasive insect with no natural predators and a voracious appetite for a range of trees including maple, willow, poplar, ash, birch and elm, among others. Since … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

9 Tips for Shopping at a Farmers’ Market

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares are all the rage these days. Those who sign up pay an upfront fee to purchase a stake in a local farm’s seasonal crops. Each week, a box contains whatever happens to be ready to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

4 Ways to Freeze Fresh Herbs

Using fresh herbs straight from the garden is a summer pleasure even the most casual cook can appreciate. Sadly, like summer itself, it’s all too fleeting. Once picked, their shelf life can be extended a bit, but fresh herbs are decidedly … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

How Christopher Columbus Changed Modern Farming

Although Christopher Columbus was not the first European to reach America (Leif Ericson predates him by hundreds of years), the arrival of Columbus in the “New World” (on a quest to open new trade routes) changed everything. Although it wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe

Garlic scapes are the long, curling flower stalks that grow from hardneck garlic plants.  Usually cut to allow the plant to focus its strength on the familiar bulb lurking beneath the surface of the soil, for many years growers would simply … Continue reading

Posted in Recipes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Helping Grass Survive the Summer

Palm Beach landscape designer Keith Williams of Nievera Williams Landscape Architecture knows what the summer sun can do to lawns. The American Society of Landscape Architects Winner (ASLA) Award of Honor winner sees the effects of hot weather on residential lawns in South Florida, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment