Cutting garden gets a low-maintenance makeover.
Early June in my “sweepable” cutting garden.
When possible, overlap the fabric to avoid any unnecessary cuts. Tuck the edges under, giving yourself a 5″ or 6″ hem, and anchor securely on ends and sides to prevent fraying.
Headed for the dahlias [...]
Use an angel food cake pan (or a bundt cake pan) to make it easier to shave the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife.
I used to grow enough corn that we could eat it for dinner every night during August and still have enough to freeze for winter. Once you’ve been eating home-frozen corn for a few years, it’s difficult to be sati [...]
The Hori Hori Knife
If I had to pick one tool that’s indispensable for a gardener, it would be the hori. No other tool is more useful.
When pulling weeds, grab your hori as shown and plunge in behind the weed to loosen it and pull it out. Resist the inclination to hold it like a serving spoon (or trowel) because it’s hard on your [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
Root-pruning technique helps plants live within their pots.
The lacecap hydrangea, so-named for the ring of larger (sterile) flowers that encircle the center cluster of fertile flowers.
A plant that’s ready for root pruning. Roots have grown to the edge of the mass.
Slicing off pieces of the mass with [...]
Glass Greenhouse Ornament
Need a gift for a gardener? Ask a gardener! To assemble this list, we put a call out to our “company of gardeners,” asking for their favorites. Here’s what they suggest:
Harvest Storage Crate
Dalton: I like to give bundled gifts that serve more than one purpose.
That’s why I am planning to gi [...]
Small, “new potatoes” harvested during a round of weeding. Varieties include Superior, Chieftain and Carola.
Company Farm, our project to grow food for those in need, is well into its pilot year. So far, so good! Our goal: Grow potatoes in our corporate “backyard” (Burlington, VT), using volunteer gardeners from the st [...]
What’s ahead for this year’s garden?
It’s the time of year when folks are making all kinds of resolutions. Like most gardeners, I’ve made my share of pledges for the new season. I spend the winter creating the lists, prioritizing and dreaming.
Come fall, when the season ends, some resolutions remain unfulfilled. But, y [...]