Growing Cantaloupe/Muskmelon

It’s been a while since I posted. Lots of stuff going on and I was just not motivated to write. But, thwack, snap out of it! The Bible says don’t worry about tomorrow, today has enough trouble of it own. Isn’t that the truth… Back to making time to write. It’s exercise for my brain.

The flavor of a store bought melon doesn’t compare to a fully ripened home grown melon.

Did you know that what we call cantaloupe from the grocery store is actually muskmelon?  Cantaloupe is actually a type of muskmelon or so some sources say. There is quite a bit of contradictory information. Cantaloupe has ribs and has less to no netting. Muskmelon is easier to grow and easier to ship. Muskmelon is what you find in the grocery store year round. Continue reading “Growing Cantaloupe/Muskmelon”

Growing Radishes

Radishes are easy to grow and are ready to harvest in a short amount of time making them a fantastic crop for children to grow, school gardens or impatient gardeners since most are ready for harvest in as little as a month. They are crunchy and have a peppery taste. Continue reading “Growing Radishes”

Growing Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a tan squash with a bright orange flesh. It tastes tastes like autumn. It is sweet and nutty much like pumpkin but sweeter and less stringy. Caramelizing it brings out the sweetest, richest flavor. Caramelizing is cooking it until it has a nice golden crust on it, bring out the natural sugars and flavors. I love it roasted with garlic and onion. It also makes a wonderful winter soup.

It is a winter squash, which means it doesn’t fully mature until fall. Continue reading “Growing Butternut Squash”

Growing Broccoli

 

Broccoli is a brassica in the cruciferous family, along with cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, rutabaga and others.

It is a nutritional superstar. Cruciferous vegetables are well established as healthy foods with cancer preventative properties. However, broccoli outshines them all. It is jam packed with nutrition! If you were only going to eat one vegetable, it should be broccoli. Of course, it goes without saying that you should eat more than one vegetable.  While the florets have most of the  phytonutrients, the stalk has most of the  fiber, so  eat the whole thing! If you don’t like broccoli, learn to like it, remember you can train your taste buds.. 👅 Continue reading “Growing Broccoli”

Growing Bok Choy

Bok Choy is another easy green to grow. Actually, it is a Brassica, in the cabbage family. It is a staple in Asian cooking and there are many different varieties. Continue reading “Growing Bok Choy”

Growing Spinach

I often prefer a spinach salad to a lettuce salad. It is also very tasty in other cooked dishes, sauteed with vegetables or in soup. It is very good as part of your base in smoothies and shakes. However, conventional spinach is high in pesticides, so if you buy it -always purchase organic. But why not grow it?

Spinach is such an easy crop to grow. Continue reading “Growing Spinach”

Growing Snow Peas

“Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” Job 37:14

Snow peas are an easy, fast growing crop to plant. Continue reading “Growing Snow Peas”

Newbie Gardeners Ask, “What to Grow?”🤔

A statement I often here from people is, “I want to start growing my food, but I don’t know what to plant.” This is a common struggle. There are so many herbs, vegetables, and fruit choices. Here are some guidelines. Continue reading “Newbie Gardeners Ask, “What to Grow?”🤔”