11-19-10 Thank the Garden

In this issue:

  1. November in the Garden
  2. Visiting the Huntington Ranch
  3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month: Holiday Feast Ideas
  4. Gardenerd Product of the Month: Long-Sleeved T-shirt

1. November in the Garden

As we approach Thanksgiving, I feel so grateful for the garden and all that it provides. Despite the challenges this year with more-active-than-usual pests (click here to see how we combated them), the cool summer season and the occasional blight, the garden is still a steadfast friend. I am thankful every time I make popcorn that I grew in my own garden soil (still can’t believe it actually worked!), and I feel so blessed to have access to fresh organic home grown vegetables just about any time of year.

In the garden, we’ve been picking rainbow chard and arugula. The spinach is almost ready to start snipping, but we still need a little more time for the kales to recover from the cutworm attack. We’re nearly ready to pull out the tomato plants, but those green globes are just too enticing to toss. We’re picking them with a touch of red and wrapping them individually in newspaper to finish ripening. I was delighted to see that it works!

The holidays are just around the corner, and we hope you will enjoy them to the fullest. We thank you for being part of the Gardenerd Community.

Happy Gardening,


2. Visiting the Huntington Ranch

When there’s a secret garden, it must be explored. My recent visit to the Huntington Library and Garden’s new organic vegetable garden was a delight too sweet to keep a secret. Read below for all the glorious details:

Back to the Ranch – Huntington Style

3. Gardenerd Tip of the Month – Holiday Feast Ideas

The best part of the Thanksgiving Feast is the opportunity to showcase your garden vegetables. Forget the turkey; it’s all about the sides. Here are some of our favorite ways to prepare fall veggies for your Thanksgiving table:

Swiss Chard Frittata

Scads of other chard recipes

Root Vegetables Stewed in Oil and Butter (scroll to the bottom) So good!

A Few Bean recipes

Buon Appetito!

4. Gardenerd Product of the Month – Long-sleeved T-shirt

Windy days, and chilly nights mean long sleeves in the garden. Even if you’re putting your garden to bed for winter, you can still display your Gardenerd tendencies proudly. Behold, the Gardenerd long-sleeved T-shirt:

Gardenerd Long-sleeved T-shirt

Stay tuned for more tips and tidbits from Gardenerd.com. Happy fall gardening!