Food & Beverage

Disabled Kitchen and Garden

One of the most beautiful things about the Internet is that it allows us access to more stories and walks of life than ever before, and the blog Disabled Kitchen and Garden gives us a glimpse at what it is like to cook and grow food while disabled. The blog, written by Jules Sherred, a gender noncomforming autistic disabled trans man, highlights how cooking and gardening are not only beneficial for people with disabilities, but gives many tips and tricks for people with disabilties to use in their daily lives.

Mini Gardens for Food

Did you know that one in three U.S. households produces at least one thing to eat at home? It's not as many homes as maybe 150 years ago, but it's heartening, and there are more things being developed each year to help make gardening even more accessible and easier to the average person. One such tool is Seedsheet, a mini garden startup kit developed by Cam MacKugler in Vermont.

Storing your garden produce

Enjoy your garden year round using these methods.

With fall rapidly approaching in many parts of the Northern hemisphere, people are rushing to get their vegetables in and eaten before they go bad. However, if people know about the two most common methods to store the vegetables, a person will not be rushing to eat them. Instead, people will be storing their crops to enjoy them all year long or until the next bountiful harvest comes along. 

The first method people can use and one of the most popular is canning the produce. This method involves putting great looking vegetables after they have been properly prepared into jars. Then the jars are heated to a proper temperature in water and left in for a set amount of time. Some of these require increase in pressure, but either way the jars will be sealed and allowed to be kept on a shelf for up to a year. 

Pick your own local produce

Exploiting local resources.

As much as I want to, it's just not possible to grow all our produce on my small city lot. We grow most of our own vegetables, all our herbs and some of our fruit. We plan to expand the fruit planting next year by planting a few fruit trees in areas where they won't shade the garden beds, but there are limits. Even with these limitations, I still won't stoop to buying fruit at the grocery store, though!

August garden report

What's growing now.

The last full official month of summer is finally upon us, although with temperatures hitting 100 degrees this weekend, I think the season may extend a bit past the September 20 cut-off date! My garden is in full production right now, making it an ongoing chore to keep up with all the harvesting and preserving.

This week alone, we harvest nearly 50 pounds of zucchini and yellow squash, and the plants are still covered in baby squash. The zukes became pickles and some were grated and frozen for winter breadmaking. I also traded quite a few squash for a month's supply of chai tea from my favorite barista.

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