George grows complementary plants around his tomatoes and tomatillos, using nasturtiums, calendula, and ground cherries to help draw away predatory insects. In turn, I put the peppery nasturtium leaves in salads, make compound butter with the brilliant petals, and pickle the caper-like seed pods.

George grows complementary plants around his tomatoes and tomatillos, using nasturtiums, calendula, and ground cherries to help draw away predatory insects. In turn, I put the peppery nasturtium leaves in salads, make compound butter with the brilliant petals, and pickle the caper-like seed pods.

Photo by George Billard for Gardenista // Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden

Photo by George Billard for Gardenista // Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden

The great diversity of herbs inspires and transforms my cooking. Some of my favorites are epazote, essential for authentic Mexican dishes; delicate chervil; pungent rau ram (Vietnamese coriander); and several kinds of basil for pesto, pistou, flavored oils, and even cocktails.

The great diversity of herbs inspires and transforms my cooking. Some of my favorites are epazote, essential for authentic Mexican dishes; delicate chervil; pungent rau ram (Vietnamese coriander); and several kinds of basil for pesto, pistou, flavored oils, and even cocktails.

Photo by George Billard for Gardenista // Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden

Photo by George Billard for Gardenista // Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden

Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden ; Gardenista Cylindrical Foronos

Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden ; Gardenista Cylindrical Foronos

A hard pruning made our black raspberries more prolific this month—and for once, the birds and chipmunks did not make off with every last one. I used the berries as topping for a delicious cornmeal skillet cake.

A hard pruning made our black raspberries more prolific this month—and for once, the birds and chipmunks did not make off with every last one. I used the berries as topping for a delicious cornmeal skillet cake.

Girl Out of Water (Unabridged) (CD/Spoken Word) (Laura Silverman)

Girl Out of Water (Unabridged) (CD/Spoken Word) (Laura Silverman)

ADD: Service Berry Tree or White Flowering Crepe Myrtle - look beautiful from Emelia's window. 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France: Gardenista

ADD: Service Berry Tree or White Flowering Crepe Myrtle - look beautiful from Emelia's window. 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France: Gardenista

Actress Laura Silverman attends the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Kodak Theater on April 26, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

Actress Laura Silverman attends the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Kodak Theater on April 26, 2008 in Hollywood, California.

echinacea and field garlic - make elixir with citrus and dried flower heads to ward off flu in winter

echinacea and field garlic - make elixir with citrus and dried flower heads to ward off flu in winter

Junior Library Guild : Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Junior Library Guild : Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Get a recipe for pan-seared halibut with nasturtium butter from gardener, cook, and forager Laura Silverman.  A quick & easy with bright flavor perfect for a weeknight.

Get a recipe for pan-seared halibut with nasturtium butter from gardener, cook, and forager Laura Silverman. A quick & easy with bright flavor perfect for a weeknight.

Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden ; Gardenista

Garden Visit: A Cook's Garden in Upstate New York

Laura Silverman upstate NY kitchen garden ; Gardenista

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