How To Grow Lettuce

A generation ago, few gardeners grew lettuce. Iceberg lettuce was all the rage, and while it keeps forever in the fridge and ships beautifully, it is a humdinger to grow at home. These finicky plants take up to ninety-five days to mature, and they tend to bolt, or turn to seed, when temperatures rise above […]

How to Grow Asparagus

Asparagus is a long-lived cool-climate perennial that is high in a plethora of vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It can adapt to all but the hottest areas of the South, but does especially well in zones 3 through 7. Zones 8b or higher have too mild of winters and the plants don’t […]

Starting Your Plants Indoors

If you are like me, you’re probably itching to get your hands dirty.  You can begin the garden season (even if you’re knee deep in snow); by starting your plants indoors and then transplanting them to the garden once the danger of frost has passed. Common plants that you can start are tomatoes, eggplants, and […]

What’s up with the funky shaped cucumber?

We are all used to the perfectly shaped cucumbers that line the produce shelves at the grocery store.  There’s never a funky, misshaped cucumber that makes it out to the public eye.  So we grow our own cucumbers at home, expecting to see perfectly shaped, non-blemished cucumbers. But what happens?  We go to harvest our […]

Answering Your Garlic Questions

We get lots of questions about garlic – and I’ve tried to answer them the best I can here in this article.   Q. Can I plant the garlic from the grocery store? A. No. The garlic you buy at the store is a “field run,” which means it’s grown only for cooking, not for […]

10 Ways To Cook Squash

Squash is one of the most healthful vegetables that will come out of your garden each year (and if your garden is anything like mine, it is probably one of the most prolific veggies as well!). Especially of note are the winter squashes like butternut, acorn, Hubbard, and spaghetti, as they are chock full of […]

Go Nuts for Peanuts

Bad reputations tend to stick around, even when it comes to food. For the past few years, peanuts have gotten a lot of negative press mainly because of peanut allergies. But for those of us without a peanut allergy, peanuts are a great addition to our diets. They are a good source of protein and […]

Familiarizing Yourself With The Food Families

When our family first started our seed company, I was unfamiliar with the garden lingo used. Actually, unfamiliar may be an understatement. I pretty much had no knowledge of what vegetable belonged in what family. And though I know you can be a successful gardener without memorizing each of the food families below, it does […]

Medicinal Uses For Sage

Sage, originally from the Mediterranean regions, now grows around the world in more than 2000 species. Israel alone has 24 different species of the plant. It has been cultivated to flavor foods and for its many medicinal properties—among them, use as an astringent, stimulant, nervine agent, diuretic, expectorant, memory booster, anxiety reliever, anti-microbial, and as […]

The Top 4 Advantages of a Home Garden

Most people don’t appreciate the health, economic, and emotional benefits of a home garden. They go about their lives running errands… rushing around from place to place… making multiple small trips to the grocery store every week… eating out for dinner frequently… and finally watching a TV show before collapsing into bed exhausted every night. […]

Getting The Most For Your Kernel

Corn is one of the best vegetables to grow because of just how easy it is to grow, even when other vegetables are succumbing to the brutal heat of the summer. A lot of gardening experts, however, will tell you that growing corn is just not worth the investment in the real estate that is […]

Starting A Compost Pile

If you’ve never had a compost pile, this is the year to start! A good compost pile is extremely valuable to your garden. Think about it. What is the end product of a compost pile? A rich soil that is extremely high in humus and plant nutrients. Adding this rich soil to your cold frames, […]

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