Meeting with the Hill Garden Club
New England’s long winters are a trial for all of us. For gardeners and others with green thumbs, the winters can seem especially long.
So what’s a gardener to do when the ground is still frozen and covered with snow?
Members of the Hill Garden Club meet monthly, year-round, to discuss gardening tactics, strategies, successes, and challenges. Their March meeting took place at the Wilson Branch Library, and the topic du jour was preserving harvested food.
Our AmeriCorps VISTA Members were on hand to help concoct the perfect way to preserve crops so that they can be enjoyed year-round. The gardeners shared their pickling and fermentation know-how and old family traditions. Together, the club looked through instructional books and online forums for the perfect pickling recipe.
The club then tried their hand at pickling a head of cauliflower, following a simple recipe that required only salt, water, and slight seasonings to allow the natural flavor of the cauliflower to come through. Everyone agreed that the pickling process was easy – and a fun activity to replicate at future meetings with different types of vegetables!