As vining plants, winter squash and melons sometimes seem to have a mind of their own. Carelessly growing out of beds and into pathways, up fences, even up other plants, they can not only hurt themselves, they sometimes harm others. …
Many gardeners start to feel overwhelmed this time of year, as what they are harvesting seems to want to take over their kitchens. There are a number of easy ways to deal with this wonderful problem and get control back:
It’s amazing how many varieties of corn there are these days, both heirloom and hybrid.
Plants use the water they receive to help them get the minerals they need from the soil. We all know if they don’t get enough water, they will wilt and even die. But too much water can be harmful, too. …
Many vegetables will let you know when it’s time to bring them in by giving you clues. All you need to know is what they are:
Trying new edibles in the garden is just one part of the fun of it. This year we started “juicing” and decided to grow a few plants that are healthful additions to the mix.
Any plant that the gardener didn’t put in, and is not a weed, is known by the term volunteer. In most cases gardeners consider these plants more than welcome, though they may need to be relocated or even shared. (Who …
The flowers of fava beans, aka broad beans, are so beautiful you may want to grow them for that purpose alone. The fact that you get beans would be secondary were it not for how wonderful they taste.
My husband is the snow-pea fan in the family. He can eat stir-fry veggies 7 days a week and never tire of them. That’s okay by me, since he is the one doing the cooking.
There comes a short pause in a veggie gardener’s time just after all the plants are in and before the battle with weeds or pests begins. This is the perfect time to plan for the fall.
Just as a flower gardener will carefully choose ornamentals to achieve a good color scheme, so should the edibles gardener consider color a major factor in the garden. This would be for a different reason, though: Nutrition.