Okay, so a month doesn’t begin to compete with your local fast food restaurant. Still, most people think of raising vegetables as something that takes ALL SUMMER! But, that doesn’t need to be the case. There can be several excellent reasons for wanting to grow some speedy crops, ranging from an apartment dweller with very … Continue reading FAST FOOD FROM YOUR GARDEN – 22 in a MONTH or LESS + 12

My Mother’s Gardening Secret

My mother was widely considered to always have the best garden for miles around, for as long as I can remember. When asked what her secret was, she would always tell people, “The secret is in the soil.” That’s all. Just, “The secret is in the soil.” Some would then ask her if she made … Continue reading My Mother’s Gardening Secret

Busy Days! And Seed Saving

It's spring! That means outdoor activity around here has sprung into high gear. The hyacinths and tulips have finished their bloom cycles. The strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and nectarines are blossoming. The onions that overwintered, as well as the freshly planted ones, are coming up strong and healthy and happy. The rhubarb that the chickens … Continue reading Busy Days! And Seed Saving

A Vegetable Companion Planting Guide

Strawberries peeking through the winter mulch Spring has sprung (at least today). Sprouts are coming up both in my kitchen and in my garden. So now it’s time to talk about companions. Whether we like it or not, we all have some people that really build us up and make us feel good when we … Continue reading A Vegetable Companion Planting Guide

Beyond Kale – 28 Cold-Hardy Vegetables to Grow

Perennials are plants that come back year after year from a single planting. This makes them a great space investment in your garden so, let’s take a look first at cold-hardy perennial vegetables, then we’ll go over some of the best annuals. Rhubarb – Rhubarb is a must have in northern gardens because it grows … Continue reading Beyond Kale – 28 Cold-Hardy Vegetables to Grow

Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!)

Blend the best principles of biointensive gardening and square-foot gardening to devise a customized, highly productive intensive gardening system. By Linda A. Gilkeson February/March 2014 Beauty and productivity harmonize in an intensively planted garden when you add flowers and natural, structural elements. Photo by judywhite/ Whether you grow food on a spacious homestead or are … Continue reading Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!)