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  • Article

    How to Grow Brassicas

    The genus Brassica is impressively large and diverse, selectively bred by many cultures to produce delicious roots, leaves, stems, and flower buds. One particularly widespread species, Brassica oleracea, was cultivated…

  • Article

    How to Grow Peas Easily

    Peas are the star of the cool-season vegetable garden. Unfortunately, many gardeners grow them simply because they’re one of the earliest vegetables that can be sown into the soil, not…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Miniature Fruits and Veggies That Tout Big Flavor

    In the vegetable garden, “Good things come in small packages” is more than just a cliché. While a standard eggplant or a soccer-ball-size cabbage makes a meal for a family…

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    Design

    Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Southern California

    While most gardening pests and problems vary greatly depending on region, there is one dilemma that just about all of us have to contend with—deer. There are populations of deer…

  • Article

    Grow Your Own Microgreens

    Since I have been growing microgreens commercially, I have seen their popularity take off. Countless fine restaurants have added them to their menus, and customers have started seeking them out…

  • Article

    The Best Fruit For Containers

    Fruit trees and shrubs, unlike many other edibles, can take up a lot of space when grown in the ground. An average semidwarf apple tree, for example, takes up anywhere…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Had Trouble With Your Beans?

    Although no one knows for sure who the first person was to start eating the immature succulent pods of legumes, it was likely some worker sweating away in a field…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    An Easy Approach to Espalier

    My clients often tell me that they would like to grow fruit trees but don’t because they lack the space. Others complain about a fence that needs to be broken…

  • Design

    4 Easy, Pretty, and Edible Planting Designs

    I consider myself pretty lucky to have thousands of heirloom vegetable, flower, and herb varieties in my backyard—which happens to be Seed Savers Exchange's Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa. Although…

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    How-To

    Learn How to Trellis Your Sprawling Veggies

    Cucumbers, winter and summer squash, and melons are infamous for sprawling beyond their allotted space. Attempts to contain the relentless growth of the Cucurbitaceae family by simply moving growing tips…