How to Collect & Save Tomato Seeds

  If you’re a tomato lover it’s time to start thinking about collecting and saving seeds for next season’s crop. There’s a fancy way to do it, a human jump-started fermentation process, and then there’s Emily’s way, let nature do...

Tomatillos | My Surprise Crop

  This season yielded my most generous crop of tomatillos yet. It’s a happy surprise and bit of a puzzler — it’s always interesting to see what takes from one season to the next. The tomato crop was good, the...

How to Grow Potatoes in a Bag

  I love the idea of growing more in less space, especially if I spend little to no money and glean greater benefits, and I love home grown potatoes. There’s something magical (childhood magical) about digging through the earth to find...

Farm Stand at the Old Brick Store

  If you find yourself in Vermont, not far outside Burlington, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon this little farm stand. Situated on the porch of the Old Brick Store in Charlotte, Thursdays and Saturdays, is Bud Shriner...

How To Make a Trash Can Planter

If you can convert a trash can into a planter, you can convert nearly anything into a garden. Any size or style, sky’s the limit. Thinking outside the box might be your ticket to a verdant lifestyle filled with the...

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How to Grow Potatoes in a Bag

  I love the idea of growing more in less space, especially if I spend little to no money and glean greater...

by - September 6, 2014

10 Tips for Starting a Garden

  Thinking of starting a garden? Now’s your chance. It’s that time of year when your resolve may be heightened and...

by - January 4, 2014

Six Seeds to Love and Plant

My early spring to-plant list always includes pumpkins. A garden without pumpkins must be like committing spring planting heresy. It’s just not...

by - March 27, 2013

Five Reasons to Weed or Not to Weed

The thought of weeding conjures up all sorts of reactions from people. There are weeding haters, weeding lovers and an entire...

by - March 15, 2013

What to Grow

It’s hard to go wrong with black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia spp.). They’re lovely no matter how or where you plant them, pairing...

by - October 11, 2012

Tarkio Rain Garden

This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather...

by - September 14, 2012

Keep it Simple

Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated...

by - July 26, 2011

Garden Approach

Ever have one of those moments where you walk into a space, any space, but in this case a garden, and...

by - March 1, 2011

Easy Tomato Salad

  It’s no secret that I’m a craver. I get wild hankerings for particular foods, typically fruits and veggies. Often cruciferous...

by - June 26, 2014

Lemon Verbena — An Herb with a Twist

  Lemon Verbena is one of those herbs. One for the must-grow and learn to cook list. It’s fragrance is amazing,...

by - May 17, 2014

Rapini Soup With Country Bread

Do you have a list of vegetables you wished you liked but don’t? You know, the ones that are really good...

by - April 9, 2014

Kale and White Bean Pasta

To put it mildly, I’m bonkers about this dish. Obsessed may be a more appropriate description. It’s my trusty, well-loved, go-to...

by - January 26, 2014

Farm Stand at the Old Brick Store

  If you find yourself in Vermont, not far outside Burlington, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon this little...

by - August 30, 2014

3 Trails You Won’t Want to Miss

The Marin Headlands and Mt. Tamalpais watershed are an unbelievable treasure of wildness, trails and eye-popping vistas. It’s crazy to think...

by - February 1, 2014

Green Gulch Flower Gardens

It’s easy to get busy. Between work, chores, groceries, children or simply opening mail there is often not much time left...

by - September 20, 2013

Five Reasons to go to a you-pick Blueberry Farm

Try before you buy. Picking means eating — finding the right couple rows or bushes that taste just right. Consider it...

by - August 4, 2013

5 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

  School’s out. At least for a few more weeks. I say make the most of it. Time for summer fun...

by - July 22, 2014

DIY Mushroom Farm

  Mushrooms are the rule benders of garden-to-table eating and a perfect compliment to indoor gardening. Call it apartment therapy, not...

by - June 8, 2014

20 Tips for Gardening with Kids

What is one of your first childhood, garden memories? Does it jump to the tip of your mind? Or maybe you’re...

by - November 25, 2013

Deckening

The opportunity for “deckening*” is at hand, right out my door. However I’ve never loved growing plants in pots, at least...

by - July 12, 2012