Latest From the Garden
Many new gardeners mourn the end of summer, thinking it also spells the end of garden-to-table meals. But homegrown goodness can stretch far beyond back-to-school time if you plant a fall garden full of vegetables.
Most of us know that composting benefits both our gardens and the environment. After all, we’re turning food scraps into soil nutrients instead of clogging landfills. But what if you could produce compost that’s even more nutrient-rich to grow lush, productive plants—with minimal effort, space, and expense—and enjoy your own “pets” at the same time?
Composting helps create great soil, which is key to beautiful, healthy plants and huge harvests. The most effective way to deliver the benefits of compost to your plants is to whip up some compost tea.
TomAYto, tomAHto…just as there are different pronunciations, there is also a wide variety of tomato types, with a range of colors, sizes, flavors, uses—the list goes on. So how do you know which variety will be best for your garden and your plate? Here are some things to consider.
Square foot gardening is exactly what the name says: dividing a growing area into 1-foot x 1-foot sections. In a true square foot garden, an actual grid is placed on the growing area to divide up the space. What you grow in each section depends on the mature size of the crop.
You don’t need acres of land or even a huge garden to grow your own healthy, delicious food. If you’re the proud owner (or renter) of a sunny balcony, fire escape, patio, postage-stamp lawn, flat sturdy roof, or front porch, you have plenty of room to grow veggies and herbs—and we’ve got a bunch of small garden ideas to help you out.
Growing an organic garden is easier than you might think. Just follow the tips we’ve put together in this “organic gardening for beginners” guide and you’ll soon be on your way to a delicious harvest.
There are so many great reasons to start an herb garden that will provide fresh herbs for everything from creating delicious dinners to brewing your own cups of tea. Plus, most herbs grow easily in a variety of conditions, making them ideal for new gardeners.
Have you ever started digging a new garden bed, excited about the vegetables and herbs you’ll grow, only to hit rocks and roots with your shovel? Or maybe you planned to build a raised bed garden but never got around to buying the wood. Or perhaps you’ve been gardening in containers and you’re itching for a little more space. Whatever your situation, the answer may just be a lasagna garden.
If you have ever planted onions only to grow a lackluster harvest of small bulbs, your growing technique may not be the issue. You may have started with the wrong onion. There are three types of onions, each one better suited for a certain part of the country. If you plant the wrong one, you may not get much of a harvest. Here’s how to tell which onion is right for you.
Many leafy spring and fall crops are frost tolerant into the 20s, but if you’re dealing with lower temperatures, you need to give them little extra warmth under the protection of a row cover. Depending on their thickness, these blankets give 4 to 8 degrees of extra protection on freezing nights…
Because a vegetable needs either warm or cool weather, crops sort themselves into two distinct categories: cool season (for spring and fall) and warm season (for summer). Planting in the proper season is the first step to a bountiful garden. FOR SPRING AND FALL: Plant the hardy and semi-hardy vegetables below in early spring for spring harvests and again in… Read more »
Rosemary has great culinary and ornamental value.
Highly aromatic. Hardy perennial.
The most beautiful of all greens grows in cool or warm weather.
Georgia Collards are rich in vitamins and minerals.
From the Kitchen
As the days get shorter, the last thing you want to do when you come home from work is spend loads of time making dinner. We can help! Use your late-season harvest to make a pot of one of these scrumptious soups ahead of time, then freeze it.
With the back-to-school flurry of fall, who has extra time to spend in the kitchen? These simple, tasty fall salad recipes can be whipped up in 20 minutes or less, so we won’t blame you if you want to keep them in nearly constant rotation.
There’s nothing quite like homegrown tomatoes, and fresh tomato soup, served with a thick slice of toasted bread, is one of the best ways to enjoy them. In this recipe, we roast the tomatoes first, which not only helps deepen the flavor, but also makes a thicker soup as the sugars caramelize and some of the moisture evaporates in the oven.
Recipe by Sarah Ward A chilled soup made from fresh vegetables, gazpacho is a delicious example of a truly refreshing summer dish. Serve as a starter to a summer cookout or with a slice of grilled bread for a light but satisfying meal. For a more traditional serving option, skip the toppings and pour the… Read more »
Recipe by Sarah Ward While traditional Scotch eggs are breaded and deep-fried, this version takes this English comfort food in a healthier direction without sacrificing a bit of flavor. The peppers not only provide a garden-fresh contrast to the savory sausage-egg combo, but also add a blush of color to your plate. When testing this… Read more »
Recipe by Sarah Ward One of the best ways to enjoy fresh eggplant is to roast it. The flavor intensifies and its nutty, meaty taste is delightfully complemented by a smoky undertone of semi-charred flesh. This Roasted Eggplant with Herbed Labneh recipe is perfect either as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or turned into a… Read more »