New England

July, 2012
Regional Report


Fruit Gardening
What's the best way to use your delicious, home-grown small fruits? If you're looking for ideas beyond just popping them fresh into your mouth, as well as advice on growing and harvesting, check out The Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden by Jo Ann Gardner (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012, $14.95). Gardner is a long-time garden writer with years of experience growing, preserving, and cooking with fruits. Here she shares her knowledge of strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb, as well as less familiar fruits such as red and black currants, gooseberries, elderberries -- even citron melon. She includes information on planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preserving these crops, then entices with delectable recipes such as Black Currant Sticky Buns, Gooseberry-Rhubarb Jam, and Raspberry Slump. A section on tree fruits and wild fruits provides more mouth-watering recipes like Ginger-Peach Jam, and a chapter on fruit preserving methods covers the basics. Beautiful color photos enhance the text.

Clever Gardening Technique

Follow Peas with Kale
Kale tastes sweetest when harvested in the fall after it has been touched by frost. Start seeds indoors in the beginning of July to have seedlings ready to go into the space vacated by your peas when they finish producing at the end of the month. Plus the extra nitrogen left in the soil from the pea plants will give your kale seedlings a boost.

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