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Some like it hot: How to grow radishes

German Giant Parat Radishes

Ravishing pink and red globes are sliced open to reveal a gorgeous, crisp white inside, with a spice and bite that follow the crunch that comes from one of spring’s first vegetables. I adore radishes, and am always on the lookout for a new variety, but to be totally honest, […]

All about planting tomatoes – and keeping insects away!

Improved Gurney Girl II

There truly is nothing more delicious than a warm, red, sun-ripened tomato direct from your garden. And the beauty of tomatoes is that they are fairly easy to grow, and no matter what your space limitations are, you can find one to fit your needs- either tucked into a container […]

“Aubergine,” or eggplant, is surprisingly easy to grow

Twilight Hybrid Eggplant

The word, “aubergine” rolled of the tongue of our neighbor much easier than it did mine. I can remember the gorgeous deep purple fruits and the dense feeling of holding them freshly picked. I’d walk home and tell my mom Mrs. Scott had given us another eggplant- then I would try […]

Spinach – Delicious, nutritious and easy to grow!

Our new Space Hybrid Spinach

We all know spinach is good for us. It might not make us pop muscles like Popeye, but spinach is packed with fiber and vitamins—A, C, E, K, B6—and calcium, folate, potassium, iron, and magnesium, Spinach is a perfect vegetable. Fresh spinach is a fantastic addition to salads, or […]

Seeds, sets or transplants? How to plant onions.

Candy Apple Onions

Onions are supposed to be fool-proof. At least, that was what I was told in the small produce department of our local market. They were selling onion sets- red, white, or yellow- and at first I just thought they were mini-onions. The gentleman stacking the sets explained that all I had […]

All about…Broccoli

True story- last December I harvested broccoli, in the snow, for Christmas Eve dinner. It was my second year of broccoli, and I had a lovely, protected area for my vegetable garden, tucked into a corner next to the house. Broccoli loved the sandy soil and took over, seeding itself until I could barely tell […]

Gardening with Kids

I have a little picture on my office desk of my oldest daughter many years ago, standing in her little blue rain boots, picking green beans from her bean plant. The photo was taken in our garden, a privacy-fenced oasis behind our house. She had a playhouse, and next to it, three large containers where […]

Companion Planting – Better Together!

I’d like to share an early gardening memory with you. My grandfather loved homegrown tomatoes, and every summer he had some growing in the backyard of their house in Ohio. I remember standing there, late one May, as he planted a row of marigolds along the edges of his tomato garden. “Keeps the rabbits out,” […]

Square Foot Gardening

Forget rows- it’s time to get square!

For many of us, planting a vegetable garden is habit, a process passed down from grandparents or even aunts and uncles long ago. My first memories of a large, tidy vegetable garden involve me peeping though chicken wire that was taller than my head at rows of melons, […]

Seed Starting with Gurney’s

As the first snows dust the ground and I pull the last of my harvest from the ground- a stray turnip here, the last bits of the herbs I brought indoors there- my mind always turns to spring planting. Seed catalogs arrive and I grab my garden planning notebook, to begin sketching out my rows […]