Articles for the Month of December 2011

Garlic Shoots Coming Up

About six weeks ago, I planted garlic cloves in my front gardens. Just this week I’ve seen the tips emerging from the winter soil. I have to say I’m a little surprised at how quickly they have appeared. As you can see from the picture, they look a little wimpy. But I’m looking forward to

What I Got For Christmas

Today is the day we all take stock of what we received this holiday. And by “taking stock” I’m referring to that honest and very private evaluation of the gifts. We may have smiled and said “You shouldn’t have!” yesterday, but today we may be saying to ourselves  “No…you really shouldn’t have.” This Christmas I

In My Kitchen: Cookies In a Jar

Some years when money is tight, it’s nice to have some ideas about make-from-home gifts. One idea that keeps popping up is cookies in a Mason jar. the trick is to layer contrasting ingredients in the jar so it looks attractive – a little like those colorful sand paintings you can buy at gift stores in state and

News From the Homestead: The Twelve Herbs of Christmas

At this time of year the shortening days and cooler temperatures make make an end to our year of gardening. Although not much is happening in our gardens, they can still be part of the fun. In the spirit of the holidays, I have created my own lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” For