Monthly Archives: March 2013

How the Monsanto Protection Act snuck into law

Good Seeds

Chalk it up to politics.  The Monsanto Protection Act has been signed into law by President Obama, which protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.  How did it pass?

Our Friend Sorrel

Sorrel

We discovered sorrel a few years ago when we saw an organic variety at a local farm store and we planted it in our garden.  It is related to rhubarb and contains the same biological compounds that give it its tanginess.

The variety we grow is lemon raspberry and it so fresh and delicious it brightens any salad or other dish that calls for greens.  It is so hearty, it even weathered the recent frost here on the central coast.

If you add fresh shredded sorrel to a salad, it can replace the need for lemon or salad dressing.  When cooked, sorrel can be used in soups and sauces, even sorbet with fruit (strawberries would be good).

Gardening the Alternative Route

Garden

One of the great things about growing and using organic crops is not using pesticides and chemicals.  In our herb and vegetable garden we try to find alternative ways to control our little hungry pests.

We use natural homemade sprays  made with  garlic, cayenne, and vinegar. (Basically anything natural with potent aromas that can deter anything with an acute sense of smell.) We also use beneficial insects such as lady bugs for natural pest control.

To attract beneficial insects to your yard and (the hardest part) keep them there, you can also plant certain flowering plants and herbs.  Some of these include plants in the daisy family and herbs such as cilantro, dill, fennel, mint and parsley.

So next time you’re gardening, perhaps you can keep these alternative ways of pesticides in mind.

Winter’s Super Fruit: Cranberries

Cranberry Heart

A number of recent studies have shown that cranberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and other nutrients.  Eating whole cranberries protects the cardiovascular system, the liver, and aids in digestion.  Over the past several years, an increasing number of mechanisms have been discovered that help explain the anti-cancer properties of cranberries.

Here are a few recipes using fresh cranberries that can included in your next meal…

Surprising Uses of Herbs in History

HIstorical Herbs

We use fresh herbs in our recipes for many reasons.  They taste great, provide nutritional and health benefits and are easy to grow!

For thousands of years, herbs have been used for medicinal and other purposes that may surprise you…