Posted in gardening, Gardening in Summer, Recipes


Ooph, lately I’ve felt as if I were hurtling through space at around 67,000 mph, rotating at greater than 1000 mph, while trying desperately to STOP!!!   We have enacted a complete news blackout…avoiding the TV, naturally, but even the radio and computer keep flashing headlines about…you know, all the stuff that upsets me so much.

As a nurse, I always ask, “How can I help?”.  Sometimes the answer is, “You can’t do a flipping thing about it”.  In the instance of such civil unrest, international wars, and the general bigoted stupidity of my fellow earthlings, I know that my red cape is powerless;  so I breathe in, breath out a kyrie…and harvest basil.

I grow tons of basil, you may have noticed.  Yesterday I harvested 10 plants for pesto, filling the porch with the smell of its sweetness and giving my brain a break from thinking.


I’ll make Pesto JoJo with this batch…recipe can be found here.  I have 8 more plants left for fresh use—especially my beloved basil, mozarella, and tomato sandwiches—until frost.

Peace, kiddos.  Try to love one another.

Posted in gardening, Gardening in Spring, Recipes

Chive Jive

I always feel kind of bad when I see people buy chive at the garden center.  I have to stop myself from offering a clump or two of my own to get some started.  Starting is all you have to do with this onion-family member–plant it anywhere and it will not only return every year, it will expand its girth to manymany times,  so divide it about every 3-4 years.   It’s among the first green to jump up in the spring and flowers earlier than any edible in my garden.    I grow two kinds:  a common and garlic.  The purple flowers of the common are such a welcome sight at the end of winter.  The garlic waits to show its white lacy blooms until mid-late summer and really is garlicky-good.

I’m growing them in containers this year, placed at the edge of the green beans and onions…

Both the green foliage and the flowers are tasty.  I harvest the flowers and put them in white vinegar, steep the concoction for a couple of weeks and then use it for vinaigrette.  Cut back as much as you want, the stems will grow back happily.


Here’s an easy recipe…

Chive Dip a la Sonnystone

1/2 cup sour cream

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup cream cheese

2/3 cup chopped chive

1 tbs. lemon juice

salt & pepper

Mix it all up, put it in the fridge for a while and dip it out with carrots, cucumbers, bell pepper, etc. etc.


mmm, yummy…