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The Opinionated Gardener

14 Crops to Plant in September

14 Crops to plant in September for a Fall Harvest

Fall is by far the best season to grow many beloved vegetables in America's home gardens! The milder temperatures and increased rainfall mean less plant stress while pest pressure is decreased. This means many plants that have succumbed to pests attack during the heat of summer can now thrive in ...
Classic Ajvar made with Ajvarski peppers from Ethos Seed company

Classic Ajvar

Any pepper lover is sure to adore this wonderful classic condiment, originating in the Balkan region. Some controversy exists on the exact origin of the dish, but most sources settle on the Serbian and Macedonian origins as the true source of Ajvar. The origin of the name is Turkish and derives f...
Tomato Seed Saving - Complete Guide to Heirloom Tomato Seed Saving from Ethos Seed Company

Tomato Seed Saving - The Complete Guide

Now that summer is winding down, many gardeners find themselves wishing to save seeds from their own tomato plants. Tomatoes are such a beloved staple that many dub them the “Queen of the Garden”, and for good reason! Tomatoes  are one of the most commonly grown vegetable across the world. With o...
Classic Vichyssoise or Leek and Potato Soup

Classic Vichyssoise or Leek and Potato Soup

Classic Vichyssoise – Leek and Potato soup   Author: Marjorie Beausoleil Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 minutes Yield: 6 servings Category: soup Cuisine: French   Vichyssoise is a thick soup made of boiled and puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, and cream. It is traditionally served cold duri...
The Ultimate Bean Seed Saving Guide - Everything you need to Know

The Ultimate Bean Seed Saving Guide

Saving your own seeds can be empowering but it is sometimes daunting for both seasoned and beginner gardeners. The truth is, saving one's own seeds is a task as old as gardening itself. This precious knowledge has been passed down from one generation of gardener to another for thousands of years....
Potage Crecy a French Carrot Soup recipe from Ethos Seed Company

French Carrot Soup - Potage Crecy

Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Yield: 6 servings Category: soup Cuisine: French   Potage, the French name for a creamy soup, is a delectable dish that deserves a steady place on a gardener's table. Originally from the region of Brie in France once known as the best carrot-growing re...