What a crazy couple weeks it has been here on this farm! In the late spring whirlwind of seeding, planting and harvesting, its been hard to find time to write, but I have been inspired by my own garden. In this hectic time I have become ever more appreciative of ten of my favorite fruits and vegetables, which I like to think of as “generous plants”. A “generous plant” is one that is easy to grow, hardy, requires little maintenance, and provides large, or ongoing harvests of food. This list is written for those living in a zone 4-5 climate who experience cold winters, and moderate to hot summers.I think that all of these plants are must haves for those that want to live more self sufficiently. I could have added many more plants that I love, but I think that these ones are the most beneficial.
I simply couldn’t live without garlic! I use it abundantly in pretty much all of my cooking, and the flavor of fresh, home grown garlic is unbeatable. Some of my favorite varieties are Russian red, and Yugoslavian soft neck. Fresh garlic is pungent, spicy, and very good for supporting your immune system and keeping healthy. And beside all this, its super easy to grow. Once planted and mulched in the fall, there is little work to do with this plant other than weeding and watering. Hard neck varieties of garlic will also produce del….