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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Part of the 2012 potato harvest
The 2012 harvest keeps coming. This month, Deborah Miuccio, who manages the test gardens here at Gardener’s Supply, harvested about 60 pounds of potatoes from her family’s backyard garden.
“I planted them in a 4×5′ raised bed and fertilized with a thick layer of our homemade compost [...]
The curved metal frames support tarps that protect crops when nights are cold.
Garlic always does very well here. We love it, and the harvest keeps well through the winter.
And then there is the cabbage: pretty as a picture, and wonderful in sauerkraut!
When it comes to gardening, we find that the best teachers are other gardeners, such as Ba [...]
If you’re shopping for seed potatoes, it helps to know how you like to eat them: baked, boiled, fried, hashed or mashed? Plant several varieties so you can try different cooking techniques.
Elba Potatoes are considered an all-purpose potato. They are creamy when baked yet hold their texture when boiled.
If you’re shopping f [...]
In honor of Earth Day, I’m turning an old compost bin into a new potato bin.
The three-bay bin at the north end of my vegetable garden, with the new bin behind it off to the right.
I’ve had a three-bay, homemade compost bin for about 15 years. Here’s how they’re supposed to work: Once the first bin is full of yard and kitche [...]
I tried it for the first time last fall, and it’s easy as can be.
Garlic bulbs contain four to 12 cloves around a central stalk. When planted in the fall, each clove will form a new bulb that’s ready to harvest next summer.
This old dog learned a new trick! And it was so embarrassingly easy I don’t know why I didn’t try i [...]
Volunteers till up the cover crop that was planted last fall.
I love the day in spring when I can take the first plunge into the garden with a spade. The soil yields and I get a hit of that wonderful dirt smell. A new season is spread out in front of me. Like a fresh-tilled field, it’s ripe with promise — and relatively free of weeds. F [...]
Brian Moore likes big plants and he knows how to grow them. In 2007, his record-breaking amaranth topped 23 ft. Want to grow your own giant plants? Learn how Brian does it.
Brian Moore with a row of giant sunflowers; the tallest sunflower is about 16 ft. The seeds came from a grower in the United Kingdom.
One of my three-year-old tw [...]