I always took for granted the broad variety of vegetables Mom grew in our childhood garden. With over an acre to fill we had multiple varieties of green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, you name it. We grew the usual fare, but once in a while we would plant a new vegetable just for fun. Actually, the year we planted arugula was not so fun for me as it made me gag every time I had to pick some for a customer.
Then when I was in college, my friend asked me if I knew what red beets are. As I was
Birds chirp to each other on the breeze. The sun warms you from high overhead. The smell of freshly turned earth reaches your nose. Trees are camoflouged with new green foliage. Robins pull innocent worms out of the ground for lunch. Daffodils are popping up alongside the shed. Soft, moist soil cushions your feet. Spring is here at last!
Oh, how I wish!
Just because the calendar says spring is here doesn’t mean it feels like it outside. The good news is you can be ready for spring once it actually gets here by planning your garden now!
I once thought it was silly to “plan” my garden. Why couldn’t I just walk into the store, buy the seeds I wanted and go home and plant?
St. Patrick’s Day is a great time of year to master your kraut making skills!
I don’t know the history of how it is associated with this holiday but I do know that I like it. A lot.
What is sauerkraut?
Sauerkraut is thinly sliced cabbage fermented by lactobacillus bacteria. Sometimes there are a few spices added or a sprinkling of carrot shavings for color.
During the fermentation process the bacteria feed off the cabbage sugar and convert it into lactic acid. Lactic acid serves as a preservative thereby preventing spoilage without refrigeration or canning.