My First Asparagus Bed

I stopped by my favorite farm store the other day, with the sole intention of buying one (just one!) bag of organic parsley. I purchased the $2.00 herb, and then wandered into one of the farm's solar-heated greenhouses. There, sitting on a black, tarp-covered floor, and sprouting green, ferny growth, were dozens of asparagus plants. I adopted 8 of them for $42.00, and brought them home. Watch me plant this perennial crop: Read more »

Which Veggies Will You Grow?

The tried and true -- or something new? Which veggies are you planning to grow this summer? Read more »

Your June Veggie Garden Report…and Mine

HOW'S YOUR VEGGIE PATCH PROGRESSING? Any problems to report? My own Kitchen Garden, above, is still waiting for some consistently warm temperatures to arrive. Still, the lovage is blooming, the tomatoes are climbing, and a couple of greens worms are going about their wicked ways. My "farm-report," followed, I hope, by yours: Read more »

A Water-Wise Way to Plant Potatoes

THERE ARE PROBABLY AS MANY WAYS to plant potatoes as there are gardeners. I plant mine in shallow holes in a raised bed. And then I set a wooden frame over the bed, and gradually fill it with chopped straw. This nifty method is not only water-wise, but it permits the easy "hilling" and harvesting of tubers. Read more »

My Potatoes-in Straw Growing Experiment

FOR THE PAST TEN SPRINGS, I've planted my seed-potatoes in deep holes, and then "hilled" the developing plants with soil. This method, which you can witness here, never failed to produce an enormous crop. But this year, purely for the sake of experiment, I tried a different, and infinitely-easier approach. Have a look: Read more »

A Question for You

MY INQUIRING MIND WANTS TO KNOW: Have you put your veggie garden to bed for the year -- or are you still waiting on a few crops? In my own two edible gardens, a number of plants (including some painfully-poky Brussels sprouts) are still waiting it out. Have a look: Read more »

How I Plant and Grow Leeks

I LOVE LEEKS. They bring a unique, onion-y flavor to soups, stews and risottos. I find them devastatingly-delicious when braised in chicken stock and vermouth. Fortunately these Alliums are very easy grow. To achieve a white, or "blanched" stalk, I plant the seedlings this way: Read more »