Wood Ashes and Soil pH

During the winter, we use our wood-burning fireplace a fair amount of time. We therefore have a significant amount of wood ash. I have heard conflicting opinions on using wood ash as a soil amendment...

Kohlrabi

Q: I love kohlrabi. I use it in soups and enjoy it as a raw vegetable snack. Last year, I bought a six-pack container of seedlings and planted them in my front yard, where they grew to maturity. This...

Critters Make Salad from Vegetable Garden

For people with vegetable plots or fruit trees, the squirrel and the opossum are two garden visitors likely to evoke mixed emotions. These creatures are cute and fun to watch as they go through their...

Edible Garden Beds

Integration of edible plants into a typical garden bed, as opposed to setting them aside in a vegetable garden, orchard, or berry patch, is an idea whose time has come. Proof of this is as near as yo...

Broccoflower

Have you ever seen a broccoflower? It looks like a pale green cauliflower and appears, every now and then, in the produce section of your supermarket. The broccoflower is an excellent illustration of...

Growing Your Own Food

Many years ago, during an economic boom, a friend of mine made what I thought, at the time, was a bizarre prediction. “Some day,” he said, “knowing how to grow your own food will be...

Asparagus planting produces for decades

Isn’t it about time you grew your own asparagus? That nutritious vegetable is not getting any cheaper, and yet it is one of the easiest and most economical to grow. If you plant a plot of aspar...

A New Kind of Potato

The consequences Adam and Eve faced after tasting forbidden fruit were severe. Eden had been the original low-maintenance – actually no-maintenance – garden. Without any work on the part ...