The Best (And Worst) Vegetables of 2009-2010

As promised, the best of the best, and worst of the worst seed-grown vegetable list from 2009. Now remember, to some extent these ratings are subjective, and dependent on climate; when choosing varieties, you must always select cultivars that are … Continue reading

Greening the White House Victory Garden

I’ve been doing a considerable amount of research ahead of my 2010 national lecture tour, pulling together three new talks on “Greening the Victory Garden”, all about how to get started growing your own fresh food in an environmentally sensitive … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Freezing Peppers, Plus a Fantastic Recipe

Last week we had a hard frost, and before those hoary fingers had a chance to damage the last of the harvest, I brought in everything I could. As you can see, this season – so lacking in most things … Continue reading

Unexpected Pleasures

If you’ve grown gourds for a number of years, as I have, you quickly discover they are hardy souls. That prima donna ‘Marina di Chiogga’ squash you’ve coddled along all season may not produce a single fruit, or that cantankerous … Continue reading

Harvest Moon

Let’s face it: the sine qua non of vegetable gardening is a site in full sun. Without it, growth is lackluster at best. At worst, you get a plot full of failing plants and weeds. (Ever notice how weeds don’t … Continue reading

The Greens of Autumn

Perhaps it’s the contrarian in me: all summer and early fall, when the vegetable garden is at its height and greens are easy to grow, leafy salads hold little appeal. With such an abundance of other, more interesting vegetables, why … Continue reading

Drying Flowers

I was raised in a family where every penny needed to do double duty, so I learned early the value of preventing waste and preserving what you were given. These lessons followed me into the garden, where I’ve generally been … Continue reading

Raising Backyard Chickens

I recently read a piece in the New York Times about the increased popularity of raising backyard chickens. Citing Americans’ desire to control both what they eat, as well as the cost of food, the article notes that raising poultry … Continue reading

Of Beans, Poles, and Other Lessons Learned

I just got in from harvesting a hefty batch of green  beans (one of the few crops that seems to have done well this season) and I have a few lessons to share. 1) Forget about those quaint looking traditional … Continue reading