Officially, summer won’t start until the 21st. Unofficially, summer arrived in my garden today, with the first ripe tomato. There have been other harbingers, of course. We’ve started getting raspberries, blueberries, and the first of what promises to be a good crop of blackberries. The apple tree is working on its first tiny fruits, which […]
Did you plant your garden this weekend? And did you plant some radishes? Good for you! In about 4 weeks, they’ll be ready to eat. You’ll probably forget to harvest them, though, and a few weeks later, all the tender little radishes will have turned tough and woody and bitter, and you’ll be overcome with […]
Good news for everyone who’s been procrastinating on the garden planting! I’ve turned my popular square foot gardening cheat sheets into printable mini-books. Because taking your laptop or tablet out to the garden really isn’t a good idea. Now you have no excuses. Square Foot Gardening (SFG) is a great technique for growing a lot of produce in […]
There are two kinds of onion flowers. One — alternately referred to as an “onion blossom” or “blooming onion,” depending on where you live — consists of a large onion that’s been cross-hatched, dipped in batter, and deep fried. It looks something like a flower — a battered, deep-fried flower — and is typically served […]
Artichokes are nature’s way of saying, “You should eat more garlic butter.” The leaves (actually ‘bracts’) are perfect little biodegradable single-use spoons, ideal for scooping up artery-clogging sauces and dips. Unfortunately, artichokes are also much beloved by ants and aphids. And while such critters plague other crops, you can’t just use the hose to blast them […]
Some mornings the garden whacks me over the head with its beauty.