vegetable gardening

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    How-To

    Learn How to Thin Vegetable Seedlings

    Some people hate to see a plant go to waste, as I discovered one day while thinning chard in the company of an eight-year-old child. Intent on my task, I…

  • Design

    Teaching Kids to Garden

    Today we’re visiting with Cassie Elliott, who is growing vegetables and also a pair of young gardeners! Cassie has put in a new vegetable garden, full of delicious produce and…

  • Article

    Best Plants for Cover Crops

    Typical cover crops are annuals, biennials, or short-lived perennials (three to five years). Each has its pros and cons. Here are a few of my favorite plants to use as…

  • Article

    How To Get Rid of Cover Crops

    Selecting a cover crop should be a thoughtful process that takes into account the end (how you’ll get rid of it) before you even plant the seeds. Yes, you want…

  • How-To

    How to Use Cover Crops to Improve Soil

    Productive vegetable gardening is all about soil fertility. The underlining principles of maintaining healthy soil are keeping the soil covered as much as possible, disturbing the soil as little as…

  • How-To

    Tips for Growing Vegetables in the Hottest Regions

    Growing your own food is nothing new. The idea of providing fresh, organic fruits and veggies for your family has become a popular ideal for many. Growing vegetables even in…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    How to Start Pepper Seeds

    If you like to grow unusual peppers, you’ll need to start from seed. Hundreds of pepper varieties are available to gardeners who take time to plant seeds, instead of the…

  • How-To

    Grow a Pie With This Garden Plant

    If you’re looking for an edible perennial to add to your vegetable garden, consider pie plant. This old favorite is grown for its stems that make delicious pies, jams and…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    It’s Potato Planting Time

    If you haven’t eaten a homegrown potato, you don’t know what a real potato tastes like. Spring’s the time to plant potatoes in the vegetable garden. Here’s everything you need…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Chili Pepper Season: Here’s a Trio to Try

    Being a confessed chilehead, I have grown many varieties for over 40 years. Here are a few that might be new to you, that I think are worthwhile growing.