A spring-planted crop of arugula, growing at our display gardens in Burlington, VT.
Once you’ve cultivated a taste for arugula, you’ll probably want to eat it as often as possible, dressed very simply.
Arugula (Eruca sativa) is a non-heading, peppery green, also known as rocket or roquette. Popular in Italian cuisine, it’s b [...]
If you’re going to be starting seeds indoors this springunder lights, on a windowsill or in a greenhouseyou don’t want to be using regular potting soil. It’s too heavy and dense for the delicate, hair-like roots of a newly-germinated seed.
The best soil mix for seed starting is not really soil at all. It’s a growing mediu [...]
Freshly dug parsnips
By the middle of March, the only food I’m still eating from last year’s garden are onions, shallots and garlic. I feel pretty good about that until I think about the fact that some lucky gardeners out there are digging parsnips right around now.
I love parsnips (roasted or roasted and then pureed), but have nev [...]
Even though cold weather has arrived, the garden remains productive.
It’s mid-November here in zone 4, and there’s still plenty to eat in my vegetable garden. Most prolific and versatile is the arugula. I have been eating it almost every day since September and there’s still LOTS. I eat it raw as salad, chop [...]
After harvesting potatoes from my new bin, I started to think that setup — made from a three-bay compost bin — looked a lot like a coldframe. And the soil inside is better than any of the soil in my regular garden. So once the potatoes had been harvested, I seeded the area with a bunch of different cold-weather crops.
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What can you grow in a Grow Bag? As we discovered in our test gardens this summer, almost anything! When we started thinking about all the different vegetable crops that might benefit from the ideal growing conditions in a Grow Bag, carrots were right at the top of the list. All vegetables grow better in good soil, but there are some crops t [...]
My 4 x 8-ft. raised bed.
I love a neat garden that is intensively planted and incredibly productive. But I hate to plant microscopic seed, then go through the tedious process of thinning out the extras. Typically I waste a lot of seed when planting salad greens and carrots. And my back aches from thinning over-seeded beds. So, last year I was [...]