It’s tomato planting time! If you missed it last year, here’s my post on how to get those transplants into the ground. I love tomatoes. I love growing them: pinching off the suckers, twining the vines around their rope trellises, watching them get taller than I am. And I love eating them in any […]
In Second Nature, Michael Pollan described his efforts to stop a woodchuck from eating his garden; efforts that ended with Pollan pouring a gallon of gasoline into the woodchuck’s burrow and setting it on fire. I get the temptation. Those lettuce seedlings I put in last week had aphids. Which doesn’t make me love my nursery any less, by the way […]
It’s almost Halloween, and I’m out in the garden, planting seedlings and tempting fate. And by “fate,” I mean late heat waves, early cold snaps, aphids, cabbage moths, mildew, deer, and the neighbor’s cat. I’m not saying it’s a good idea to plant this late, and there’s the possibility I might lose everything. But if you live in […]
My garden is full of flowers. Carrot flowers (like the one above), and celery flowers, and tomato flowers, and … oh, you thought I meant dahlias and tulips and stuff? Nope. As I’ve mentioned once or twice, I pretty much refuse to water anything I can’t eat, so the flowers in my garden tend to be there […]
Nope, it’s not an olive. I know, it looks a lot like an olive, and it’s the size of a small olive, but that’s not what it is. Guess again.
Every fall, I plant fava beans as a winter cover crop. Every spring, I decide that instead of digging them in, I should wait until I can harvest the beans. This is not the best soil management practice, but fresh-from-the-garden fava beans are very tasty. If you didn’t plant favas last fall, don’t worry: you can plant them now. […]