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my pantry


I often write about my “pantry” that I am enjoying and continuing to create. I picked a few treasures today…satsumas, persimmons and gathered a few eggs. If I were more disciplined, these items could be most of my caloric intake for the day. I also have Kale growing in the garden. I love this. I wanted to share to perhaps motivate you to plant something edible in your yard.

 My sister and I visited a dear friend of our mother’s, Miss Dot, today and she too has a pantry in her backyard, a place to go to that is pure and nurturing. I have some wonderful things to say about this visit and hope to include them in my Sunday column…with her permission.

 Anyway, I took a picture of part of my little harvest and am posting it in hopes it insist you plant some seeds. Digging in the dirt and watching a seed grow is something we can all enjoy,

no matter who we voted for.

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my pantry

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This little entry is about my “pantry”…my ongoing project to have something to eat from my yard each month of the year…it is a delightful challenge and I urge you to try. Because this is the Deep South, it may be possible, barring floods and hurricanes, to find something to eat in our yards every month of the calendar year. I am only a self-taught home gardener so anything I write cannot be backed up by academia…it’s just my simple experiences. These are the things I grow or can grow and the month(s) of harvest – some years I am a slacker, but even as a slacker, I usually find something out there.

Let’s begin in Spring…

March… Dew Berries are just beginning and there are a few root veggies still in the soon to be tilled garden…like carrots and turnips.

April… blackberries, blueberries (the very few the birds don’t get first – not very successful here) and the beginning of the strawberries I planted in October

May… plums, more strawberries and maybe a few blackberries

June…all of the summer vegetables begin – tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, green beans…everything except eggplant and okra – at least for me – some serious farmers have these two crops also, but I am not a serious farmer. If I planted potatoes in February, I am digging them up in June before the bugs feast on them.

July…figs and more vegetables from the garden – not much, however, the bugs have moved in by now and the summer rainfall has left the weeding situation about hopeless, at least for me. It’s all about the figs right now, fig preserves on the stove, fig cake in the oven and just fresh off of the tree early in the morning.

August…Pears. I have so many varieties, Kieffer, Bartlett, Ayers, Orient….I lost my old Bartlett last winter and the other varieties are too young to produce so I only picked Kieffer this August…my favorite. Started cutting okra in the beginning of August and I am still harvesting at the end of August…and eggplant until the frost.

September…Persimmons and a few more pears and perhaps the beginning of pecans – if the squirrels don’t eat them all.

October….Pecans and Satsumas around Halloween

November… The beginning of citrus harvest – if there was not a hurricane! Continued pecans and fall garden is filled with broccoli, cabbage, squash, turnips and carrots, hoping to get cabbage and cauliflower and broccoli for Thanksgiving.

December…Nature is giving you the gift of vitamin C to stave off colds and flu…the orange trees are loaded…Louisiana Sweets, Grapefruits, Blood Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Navels, Kumquats…Santa used to put this in my mom’s Christmas stocking during the Depression…

January… Lemons and limes and more oranges and Grapefruit still hanging on, no colds and cruciferous veggies from the fall garden

February…still harvesting Kumquats, Grapefruits and greens from the vegetable garden and digging up renegade turnips and carrots

The End

As I said, this is my little piece of the planet and a very rough outline of what I have. It is not meant to be a guide but more of an inspiration to perhaps grow some of your own food.

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The picture I posted at the top is my little harvest today, not very much but it is all natural and good for me.

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Following Your Bliss

I’m writing from Boulder, Colorado at a Whole Foods on the corner of Broadway and Baseline looking at the Rocky Mountains and waiting for Matthew and Andrew.I have been here since yesterday, Friday, April 20 – 420 – and I am leaving tomorrow – Earth Day. The time in between these two days has been, thus far, very well spent. There is quite the Bohemian, (noveau)hippie, kinda attitude here – natural looking girls with long hair and guys on bikes and super fit and just cool. I met most of Matt and Drew’s classmates/friends and I could not be more pleased – multi dimensional people who are genuine and artsy and  “following their bliss” –  wow, I am happy!!  I went to the first farmer’s market of spring this morning and it was something I could easily visit every Saturday – organic everything – even raw milk and little pots of herbs to buy and plant and mushrooms from the mountains, cheese from local goat farms and artesian bread with organic flax seed. And did I mention everyone drives a Subaru? I keep waiting to see Alice Waters somewhere. A few years ago, I posted a list from her on this blog and to commemorate my trip to Boulder, I think I shall re post:

Eat locally and sustainably

Eat seasonally

Shop at farmer’s markets

Plant a garden

Conserve, compost, and recycle

Cook simply

Cook together

Eat together

Remember food is precious

This could hang on the walls at Escoffier – what a wonderful path to choose…

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The Good Life

“I love best to have each thing in its season only, and enjoy without it all other times.” Henry David Thoreau Dec. 5, 1856

Here’s another: “There is hardly anything natural in the food stores anymore. The grains are puffed, pounded and supersaturated with sugar for boxed breakfast cereal. The meats are injected with hormones, colored and full of antibiotics. The juices are filtered, flavored and carbonated. The overprocessed canned fruits are sweetened beyond measure. …The raw vegetables in the stalls are sprayed and dusted…” Taken from The Good Life 1930s
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more thankfulness

Look around, there are children who are hungry. They are disguised; some of them may even look overweight, but those extra pounds are put there with hotdogs and Hamburger Helper and meat from a tube. I am going to school today with a huge basket of bananas and organic apples and whole wheat crackers and I am looking for a charitable dentist to fix a little girl’s front tooth that has broken off from decay – decay caused be so much refined sugar and cheap food…look around, children are hungry.

something to think about
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