Category: Offbeat Edibles

The Novelty Factor

The last few springs, I’ve promised myself that I’m going to concentrate my veggie-growing efforts on the relatively boring but dependable crops that Mom and I like best: ‘Candy’ onions, ‘Carnival’ squash, ‘Chioggia’ beets, ‘Red Brandywine’ tomatoes, kohlrabi, turnips, and some basic greens. And…

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A Wonder of a Berry

A link to a guest post I wrote about sunberry, also known as wonderberry or garden huckleberry, for Meadowwood Garden: A Wonder of a Berry.

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Hayefield Happenings

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Wow, I can’t believe how fast the weeks are passing. So much for the days of blogging every day or two! Besides the usual busy-ness of this time of year in my own garden, I’ve been working every…

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Non-Green Greens and Perennial Potatoes

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Late spring is prime time for picking great salad fixings from the garden. We generally refer to them as “greens,” but there are many intriguing options to choose from that are anything but plain old green. One of my…

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Peas Please Me

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra Novelty-seeking veggie gardeners have plenty of exciting options to choose from with trendy crops, such as gourmet greens and tomatoes. But peas? Hardly trendy, and hardly a plethora of options to choose from, at least in most catalogs:…

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Spigarello

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra When I read seed-catalog descriptions that tell me a plant “tastes just like [fill in the blank],” I have to wonder, well, why don’t I just grow the original plant, rather than the taste-alike? Sometimes, it seems like…

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Peanuts in Pennsylvania

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra As I was ordering vegetable seeds last year, I ran across a listing for ‘Early Spanish’ peanuts, and I absolutely had to order some. Would I even be able to grow them here? Would they need a lot…

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