I have to admit that the main reason for my garden is the tomatoes. Most grocery store tomatoes are varieties that have been bred for appearance and shipping durability, but are often mealy and tasteless. There is an almost endless variety of tomatoes available in the seed catalogues and garden centers, with […]
This was the first baby cucumber of my garden.
Cukes are one of my favorite vegetables. Seldom do I not have a few in my crisper drawer. They vary in delightful ways, from “burpless” varieties to ones bred just for pickling to slicing varieties. They come in round, long, short, yellow, green, and white […]
Basil is a wonderful companion to tomatoes.
I’d like to take some time to tell you about the basic companion planting tips that I’ve found to be very beneficial. I read once that growing basil next to your tomatoes makes the tomatoes more flavorful. I don’t know if this is really true, but they […]
I grew up in Indiana in a Chicago suburb. In the neighboring farms, corn and beans were always growing. Fresh sweet corn was always available in roadside stands, along with tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and apples.
One summer a friend of my parents in Gaylord, Michigan invited us up to his cabin for a vacation. On […]
I love to grow one bed just for salads. I don’t know why, but lettuce is one of my favorite things to grow. It grows quickly, requires only partial sun, and can be harvested a little at a time for weeks. Arugula is one of those plants that will regenerate if you cut […]
Here is another plan for one of your 4′ x 4′ raised beds. To me, the main reason for gardening is the tomatoes, so I always dedicate one or two of my beds to tomatoes and the accompanying herbs and onions that compliment the tomatoes.
As you can see in this bed, I have four […]
Ahhh, beans. Broad beans, French beans, yard long beans, lima beans, soy beans, green beans, yellow beans, purple beans – how many varieties of this great source of protein can you name?
There are two basic types of bean plants: bush and climbing, or vining beans. They grow easily, are a “green” […]
Root vegetables like beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, onions, rutabagas, and radishes are easy to grow in raised beds or containers, and if you love them like I do, they’re very rewarding crops.
What most novice gardeners don’t think through before planting their root veggie seeds is that they need a good depth […]
The Cabbage Patch
The Brassica family (also called cruciferous or Cole family) includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Napa cabbage, bok choy, collards, rutabagas, and turnips. They all grow well together and should not be grown with the nightshades like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. They should all be planted one per square foot. […]