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Friday Favorite: Brussels Sprouts

December 9th, 2016

I’ve been trying to grow brussels sprouts for year, they always seem to get eaten by something. This year, I planted them in the front corner of the main edible garden by Tara (our Anatolian Shepherd garden and livestock protector). That seems to have done the trick and my sprouts finally reached maturity.
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Brussels sprouts are a favorite vegetable in the winter months and we are happy to have a very large harvest of them to enjoy for the next month or two.
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This year I grew two different varieties of sprouts, ‘Diablo’ from Johnny’s Seeds and ‘Long Island Improved’ from Baker Creek. Both varieties did well, the ‘Diablo’ produced taller stalks with larger sprouts, but the sprouts weren’t as tight at the others. I will continue to grow a few varieties, next year I’d like to add a purple for a little variety. Stay tuned, next week I’ll share a favorite recipe for sprouts.

Do you like Brussels Sprouts?

Rosendals Trädgård – day 2

December 8th, 2016

I’m back today with more photos from Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm. What I loved about this garden was the wonderful variety of edible space, open space, cutting garden, and enclosed garden spaces. They provide such a wonderful inspiration for a garden made of rooms. The huge edible garden space was quite impressive, it provides much of the vegetables needed in their cafe. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch while there, which was super convenient! All public gardens should have wonderful little cafes!
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So what do you think of this lovely garden? Any favorite things?

I’m Back, with A Lovely Garden

December 7th, 2016

I had great intentions of blogging while I was back in Ohio celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with family, but things just got busy and I didn’t get around to it. I’m back in Maine for the week, then I travel back to Ohio for another week (if you’re wondering why so much travel, you probably missed this post). I’m still going through photos from our trip to Sweden, reliving all the wonderful gardens we visited. Which is perfect timing because we have a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground outside my winder.
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One of the lovely gardens we visited was Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm. I won’t bore you with text since I took lots of photos and they show the beauty much better than I could write it.
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Check back tomorrow for more photos of this wonderful garden!

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