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We’re currently building a new community garden! Go here for ongoing updates about the progress of the community garden going in at the new Montana Rail Link Park.
This is a three-in-one: quick, uses lots of veggies, easy clean up. The concept: cook a bunch of things on one sheet pan. The magic: the juices and flavors combine to make everything taste amazing.
Although Meadow Hill Garden functions mostly as a community garden, it is the oldest school fruit and vegetable garden in Missoula. This year, the garden has 45 plots feeding over 108 people…And yet, Meadow Hill Community Garden is SO. MUCH. MORE!
If you are living the CSA farm share dream, you know that the day before the next pickup is the day to get last week's produce dealt with. For many CSA newcomers, it is a time when guilt comes into play. For whatever reason (too many take out burrito nights, not loving the third week of kale, etc.) there are veggies left over that need to be used.
Although it is hot and smoky outside, now is the time to plant for a fall harvest. What can you plant now and harvest in the fall?
With a few basic tools and tricks, veggie stay fresh longer! As Farmer Greg says, most of veggie storage is putting the veggies in a bag that has some airflow (not a closed Zip Lock) in your fridge. A lot of veggie storage is actually making veggies accessible so it is easy to use them up in your busy upcoming week.
The Lamiaceae (Mint) family is a widespread family that extends far beyond your garden variety Peppermint and Spearmint to include Bee Balm, Lemon Balm, Skullcap, All-Heal, and many more. Despite the wild differences in flower shape, color, and scent, there are a few attributes that make mints one of the easiest families to identify.
When I was asked to make something for the garden party the Community Gardens team threw at Providence Garden last week (get all the recipes from the party here!), I chose a lentil salad. It is easily adaptable to many vegetables, so long as you have a good dressing.
Last week we welcomed the community to the Providence Garden for an evening of art, music, snacks, plants, and good conversation.
Located behind the Providence Center, just off Highway 90, the Providence Garden serves as a space to produce food, flowers, and health.
Looking to go out of town in a flash? Want a quick meal after a hard day at work? Here is one way to make it happen fast: have a few favorite spice blends mixed and ready to go.