Now generally, I don’t label a plant I’ve deliberately sown as an invader, but little else can be said of this year’s bottle gourd crop. While the picture above may not look threatening, matters change a bit when I tell … 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

Martha Stewart, Me, and a Drunken Beauty

I’ve  just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City, gratefully abandoning the car after four hours of driving in torrential down bursts, to make an equally whirlwind tour of my vegetable garden – that is, before I was … Continue reading