Latest From the Garden
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.
Perhaps you’re a new gardener, growing veggies and herbs for the first time. Maybe you’ve grown your own food for years, but your in-ground soil isn’t great, or you just need a bit more growing space. Whatever the reason, here’s one option worth considering: a raised garden bed. Here are three simple ways to build one.
There are many reasons to plant a garden. Maybe you love cooking with fresh produce. Perhaps you’ve resolved to eat healthier. Or maybe you’re looking for an activity to engage kids in outdoor fun. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to take the plunge. But where do you begin?
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
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 »
Recipe by Sarah Ward Celebrate two of summer’s best flavors in this refreshing sangria. The flavor gets better as it sits, so it’s a great make-ahead drink for a party or outdoor barbecue. Just hold the ginger ale until you’re ready to serve, then garnish with a few fresh basil leaves and sliced peaches. Yield:… Read more »
Recipe by Sarah Ward Veggie burgers may have a reputation for blandness, but these are packed with flavorful curry powder and other spices. They have plenty of texture, too, thanks to the squash and chopped chickpeas. We recommend using a mild curry powder (or combination of sweet and mild), so as to not overpower the… Read more »
Recipe by Sarah Ward This sandwich puts a flavorful spin on two beloved diner classics, combining them into one irresistible sandwich. Hints of maple syrup and black pepper add dimension to the bacon, while sharp cheddar and horseradish give the pimiento cheese a surprising kick. To create a killer grilled cheese, leave out the lettuce… Read more »