Your June Veggie Garden Report…and Mine

June 19, 2014
IMG_4118HOW'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

May 17, 2014
IMG_0755wbTHERE 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

October 29, 2013
IMG_5467FOR 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

October 20, 2013
IMG_4846 - CopyMY 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

May 1, 2013
IMG_8249I 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 »

Your Late-Summer Veggie Report

August 27, 2012
IMG_8554HOW ARE YOUR VEGGIES COMING ALONG? Any troubles to report? My own kitchen garden, above, is at the "better pick me now" stage. Here's what I'm pulling, picking, or snipping as the summer of 2012 draws to a close: Read more »

How I Ripen Tomatoes Indoors

August 16, 2012
IMG_0837AS AN INSURANCE POLICY against damaging insects, curious chipmunks, blights, and severe weather, I pick most of my tomatoes at their mature, but still-green or mostly-green stage. These unripe tomatoes are blemish-free. Furthermore, they are only too happy to develop their delicious flavor and vibrant color indoors. The following ripening-procedure has never failed me: Read more »