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 [...]
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 [...]
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,” [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
It’s autumn for most of our Gurney’s Gardeners, and that means it’s time to put up the last of your preserves and prep your gardens for winter. One of our favorite cold weather crops, beets are ready for harvest. Beets can be planted first thing in spring, or started in late August – Harrier Beets [...]
Having been raised in the city, nobody taught me how to garden. When I moved to a home on 4 acres, with an apple and pear tree, a grape vine and re-sprouting rhubarb, I became interested in planting a larger vegetable garden. When picking out packages of seeds and plants, I viewed the growing zone [...]
Tassel damage can make for “popped” kernels.
Sweet corn is a signal for me that the summer days are growing shorter, I get excited to pick my first ears of corn, looking forward to their naturally sweet taste. Recently from my garden, I grabbed an ear, peeled back the husk and became disappointed to [...]
Jim Carrey must’ve hated vegetables as a kid, maybe he still does, and I bet he reminiscences gulping down a plate-full whenever he’s required to look obnoxious onscreen! I hated most vegetables myself; I’ll bet you did too! [...]