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How to Grow Sprouts

I love a thick blanket of alfalfa and other leafy sprouts on a sandwich, no matter what they are combined with. My husband […]

Plant a Countertop Garden!

All year long I grow sprouts on my kitchen counter. I grow all kinds of sprouts, too: leafy sprouts like alfalfa, clover, fenugreek, mustard, dill, and arugula, along with grains, lentils, peas, and numerous beans. No matter what the weather is outside, we enjoy these fresh bursts of nutrition in salads, on sandwiches, in […]

Grow Bags – Grow Vegetables Anywhere

I saw these today at Gardener’s Supply’s web site. These are grow bags made of a polypropolene fabric. Gardener’s Supply considers them a superior way to grow vegetables anywhere you have full sun. They even have self watering trays to place them in so you don’t run the risk of them drying out. […]

To Grid or Not To Grid

Square foot gardening is the best way to maximize your garden’s growing potential. I’ve done it both with and without the help of grids like the one pictured above. Mel Bartholomew says that the grids are essential for utilizing every possible inch of space in your raised beds, and his […]

Recipe – Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

The addition of wasabi makes this dish outstanding. This recipe utilizes fresh herbs from your garden as well. You can peel the potatoes if you like; I prefer them with the peels on. Serves 4

4 medium large potatoes 1/4 c. milk 1 tsp. wasabi powder or 2 tsp wasabi paste 2 Tbsp. butter […]

Fertilizing Your Garden

Let me preface this post by saying that the best soil amendment is organic compost made from a variety of vegetation. It will have the greatest amount of nutrients for your plants. Mel Bartholomew recommends that whenever you pull a plant, work in some compost in that square and re-plant. There are plenty of […]

Calling All Carrots!

My carrots are the pretty forest at the top of this picture. Some will be ready to eat soon. I’ve pulled a few “testers” and they’re still short – only about 4″ long, and the yellow carrots should get to be 7″ or so. When that happens, I shove them back down […]

Central and North Florida Gardening

Zone 9 gardeners (see the beige, tan and green sections on the above map) should be well into planning your spring garden. Your area can expect the last hard freeze by February 28th. March 1st is a good goal to shoot for. The earlier you plant, the more you’ll be able to harvest […]

Here We Go Again…

I awakened in the middle of the night to the sounds of a severe wind storm when I realized that I never secured my tomato cages to the trellises. (I’ve had 8′ tomato towers blow completely over before when they were unsecured.) From that point on, every time the wind gusted (of course, our […]

Recipe – Fresh Vegetable Stew

I made this soup today. Yum.

The midwest and east coast areas are covered in feet of snow, the temperatures are in the 20’s, and your family is going to want a nice hot aromatic supper tonight. Here’s an old faithful recipe of mine for a meatless veggie stew. You can make it a […]