When a seed sprouts, the first set of leaves that unfold are called cotyledons. All the food that’s needed to sustain these first leaves is contained right inside the seed.
This seedling is ready for fertilizer.
When a seed sprouts, the first set of leaves that unfold are called cotyledons. All the food that’s needed to s [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Harvesting a crop of Elba Potatoes.
Potatoes give me more garden satisfaction per square foot and time invested than any other vegetable I grow. A few years ago I planted six different potato varieties and kept records on how many pounds I harvested from each. The project made a good County Fair exhibit and won a blue ribbon, which p [...]
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 [...]
Control pests with environmentally-friendly substances derived from natural sources.
Delphinium seedlings are prone to damping-off disease.
The sowing instructions for the delphinium seed I ordered from New Zealand recommend adding a fungus to the germinating mix. Say again? Researchers discovered that a beneficial trichoderma fungus [...]
A basil seedling
I had homemade pesto for dinner last night. And the night before, and last weekend, too.
Now that this year’s crop is up and growing strong, I don’t mind using up the rest of last year’s batch of pesto, which I froze in Pesto Cubes. care not to use up my stash. For me, having pesto in the freezer is like hav [...]
‘New Millennium’ Delphiniums are available from a handful of U.S. nurseries this spring. The photo above comes from Graceful Gardens, which is offering several different cultivars.
I wish marigolds did it for me. Why is it that we always crave the flowers that are most difficult for us to grow?
In my garden the soil is heavy and s [...]