Though cold winds chill the air and snow blankets much of the U.S., pesticide use remains a hot topic — and not only among gardeners. The most recent comments come from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Environmental Health, whose December 2012 policy statement makes a clear link between pesticide exposure and children’s hea [...]
I used to do much more canning and freezing than I do now. With our household down to just two, we’re cooking smaller meals and don’t need to have as much food around.
But there are still quite a few garden crops that I squirrel away in my freezer or pantry, and one of those is parsley. I can chop and freeze a huge [...]
A tomato with blossom-end rot.
A water-soaked spot at the blossom end of tomato fruits is the classic symptom of blossom-end rot. This relatively common garden problem is not a disease, but rather a physiological disorder caused by a calcium imbalance within the plant. It can occur in pepper, squash, cucumber and melon fruits as well as tomat [...]
If you grow tomatoes in a cold or windy location, try this simple technique of wrapping your tomato cages with garden fabric.
Inside this cocoon of Garden Quilt fabric, are two very cozy ‘Sun Gold’ tomatoes.
Tomatoes are tropical vines that evolved in a climate about as different from Vermont as you can get. So here in th [...]
At our store, and I suspect across the nation, the demand for fruit plants is up sharply.
Everbearing strawberries produce succulent berries all summer.
The grow-your-own movement is stronger than it’s been in about 60 years, judging by the way vegetable seeds, onion sets, and seed potatoes are flying off the racks. Germinating mix a [...]
With the first frost, our collection of potted succulents must be brought in from the cold. After spending summer out in the alpine garden, they are brought indoors to the living room window.Unlike the other fall chores, this one is easy: just gather up the pots and set them on the windowsill shelf. And when it comes to houseplants, succulen [...]
If you find yourself with more vegetables than time, read my list of super-quick, after-work solutions that I use to save some of summer’s bounty for cold winter days.
This year, we’re growing an all-pepper bed as part of our Kitchen Garden Planner designs. This means we’ll have lots of peppers to preserve for winter st [...]
Mother Nature has provided the perfect way to protect plants from winter cold: a thick blanket of leaves. But unfortunately, leaves rarely fall where they’re needed. It’s the delphinium, roses and hydrangeas that need to be blanketed in leaves, not the lawn.
The delphinium beds, protected with a layer of leaves, anchored down [...]