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Homegrown / Homemade Video Series

Photo/Illustration: Michael Amaditz

Welcome to Homegrown/Homemade, a video series from FineGardening.com and our sister site FineCooking.com. We’re following a gardener (Danielle Sherry) and a cook (Sarah Breckenridge) as they plant, maintain, harvest, store, and prepare garden vegetables under the watchful eye of Juno, Sarah’s inquisitive dog.


Photo: Scott Phillips


  1. How to plant strawberries
  2. How to maintain strawberries
  3. How to harvest strawberries
  4. How to preserve strawberries: Making Fruit Leather

Cooking with strawberries: Classic Strawberry Shortcake



  1. How to plant onions
  2. How to maintain onions
  3. How to harvest and cure onions
  4. How to preserve onions: Caramelized Onions

Cooking with onions: Roasted Onions Stuffed with Prosciutto and Parmesan


Photo: Danielle Sherry


  1. How to plant tomatoes
  2. How to prune tomato plants
  3. How to train tomato plants
  4. How to harvest tomatoes
  5. How to preserve tomatoes: Fresh tomato purée

Cooking with tomatoes: Heirloom Tomato Napoleon with Parmesan Crisps



  1. How to plant basil
  2. How to prune (and harvest) basil
  3. How to preserve and store basil: Pesto

Cooking with basil: Thai Stir-Fry Chicken with Basil


Photo: Scott Phillips


  1. How to plant squash
  2. How to care for squash
  3. How to pollinate squash
  4. How to harvest summer squash
  5. How to preserve and store summer squash

Cooking with summer squash: Chocolate-Nut Zucchini Bread



  1. How to plant carrots
  2. How to care for carrots
  3. How to harvest carrots
  4. How to preserve and store carrots

Cooking with carrots: Maple Pan-Roasted Baby Carrots



  1. How to plant blueberries
  2. How to care for blueberries
  3. How to harvest blueberries
  4. How to preserve and store blueberries

Cooking with blueberries: Blueberry Galette 


Photo: Kerry Ann Moore


  1. How to plant potatoes
  2. How to hill potatoes
  3. How to harvest potatoes
  4. How to store and prep potatoes

Cooking with potatoes: Roasted Red, White, and Blue Potatoes



  1. How to plant arugula
  2. How to care for arugula
  3. How to harvest arugula
  4. How to prep and store arugula

Cooking with Arugula: Pasta with Arugula, Peas, and Prosciutto 


Photo: courtesy of Robin Carlson/Chicago Botanic Garden


  1. How to plant peas
  2. How to care for peas
  3. How to harvest peas
  4. How to prep peas

Cooking with Peas: Fresh Pea and Mint Soup with Lemon Cream



  1. How to plant watermelon
  2. How to care for watermelon
  3. How to harvest watermelon
  4. How to freeze and preserve watermelons

Cooking with Watermelons



  1. How to plant eggplants
  2. How to care for eggplants
  3. How to harvest eggplants
  4. How to preserve eggplants

Cooking with eggplants: Eggplant Stacks


Photo: Krista Hicks Benson


  1. How to plant garlic
  2. How to care for garlic
  3. How to harvest garlic
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  1. gstilwell 04/19/2011

    Will be very interested when you get to planting/harvest and cooking of peppers(bells, pimentoes, hot)

  2. nadwa 04/29/2011


  3. Lenabug 04/16/2012

    I very much enjoyed watching the Homegrown/Homemade series. I learned a lot from both Danielle and Sarah. I wish there were more. I too am interested in seeing a video for peppers.

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