Copyright (c) 2020 en-us Vegetable Gardener - Ruth's posts Vegetable Gardener - Ruth's posts Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:16:26 -0500 Vegetable Gardener - Ruth's posts Vegetable Gardener - Ruth's posts <![CDATA[Facebook Chat: Growing and Cooking Garden Vegetables]]> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:45:00 -0500 Facebook Chat: Growing and Cooking Garden Vegetables Posted by Ruth
You've watched the Homegrown/Homemade videos. On Thursday, August 2, at 1 p.m. EDT, gardener Danielle Sherry and cook Sarah Breckenridge will answer your gardening and cooking questions. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Veggie Garden Checklist]]> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:40:00 -0500 A Veggie Garden Checklist Posted by Ruth
Become a better veggie gardener by learning the finer points of interplanting, fertilizing, harvesting, and more. ]]>
<![CDATA[Become a Better Vegetable Gardener]]> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:10:00 -0500 Become a Better Vegetable Gardener Posted by Ruth
Improve your veggie-growing skills with articles, videos, and tips from experts around the country. ]]>
<![CDATA[Find the Perfect Tomato]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:55:00 -0500 Find the Perfect Tomato Posted by Ruth
Nothing rivals the taste of a homegrown tomato, and Tomato Match will help you find the perfect variety for your needs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Fruit Naturally]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:45:00 -0500 Grow Fruit Naturally Posted by Ruth
Lee Reich's new book is a beautiful and informative guide to growing fruit in your backyard. If fruit trees and berries are in your 2012 gardening plans, download a free chapter and get ready to plant. ]]>
<![CDATA[Some thoughts on Groundhog Day]]> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:40:00 -0500 Some thoughts on Groundhog Day Posted by Ruth
You say groundhogs, I say woodchucks. Either way, February 2 is their special day. ]]>
<![CDATA[Are Last Year's Seeds Still Good?]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:20:00 -0500 Are Last Year's Seeds Still Good? Posted by Ruth
Your unused seeds may be viable for several years, depending on the type of seed and the storage conditions. ]]>
<![CDATA[One Green World]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:30:00 -0500 One Green World Posted by Ruth
One Green World specializes in trees, shrubs, and vines that produce edible fruit. Check out the offerings, and you'll wish you had a bigger back yard. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fedco Trees]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:50:00 -0500 Fedco Trees Posted by Ruth
The catalogs are coming! The seed, tree, herb, plant and garden equipment catalogs are coming! Each year, they arrive earlier and earlier, and I now have my very first one... ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: A Pumpkin Portfolio]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:00:00 -0500 Video: A Pumpkin Portfolio Posted by Ruth
Will you be carving a pumpkin this year? Get in the Halloween spirit with this video tour of some novel creations. ]]>
<![CDATA[All About Apples]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:06:53 -0500 All About Apples Posted by Ruth
Apples are the quintessential fall fruit, and whatever your taste, there's an apple for you. Read on for links to information about selecting apple varieties, planting and training apple trees, controlling apple pests, and creating delicious apple recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Homegrown / Homemade Video Recipes]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:57:37 -0500 Homegrown / Homemade Video Recipes Posted by Ruth
Now you can watch all the recipe videos from the Homegrown/Homemade series in one place, and find links to the recipes on ]]>
<![CDATA[Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:10:00 -0500 Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z Posted by Ruth
Lois Ehlert's book Eating the Alphabet is a colorful way to introduce babies and toddlers to the world of gardening. ]]>
<![CDATA[Getting the Most from Your Midsummer Veggie Garden]]> Tue, 03 May 2011 11:15:00 -0500 Getting the Most from Your Midsummer Veggie Garden Posted by Ruth
Whether you are new to vegetable gardening or a seasoned veteran, you'll find useful growing tips in the articles and videos highlighted here. For more timely gardening information and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Let's take a field trip to]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Let's take a field trip to Posted by Ruth
Our sister site can expand your gardening horizons. Let's take a look. ]]>
<![CDATA[This Year, Grow the Best Veggies Ever]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:10:00 -0500 This Year, Grow the Best Veggies Ever Posted by Ruth
Whether you are new to vegetable gardening or a seasoned veteran, you'll find useful growing tips in the articles and videos highlighted here. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pruning and Grafting Workshops with Lee Reich]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:00:00 -0500 Pruning and Grafting Workshops with Lee Reich Posted by Ruth
Lee Reich, author of The Pruning Book, is offering two hands-on workshops in April at his home in New York's Hudson Valley. Space is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. Register by sending a check to... ]]>
<![CDATA[Soup for All Seasons]]> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 16:26:08 -0500 Soup for All Seasons Posted by Ruth
Soup is a fine way to serve seasonal vegetables or use up leftovers. Check out the recipes on this site, get even more recipes on, or post a recipe for your own favorite soup. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video Greetings from the Frozen North]]> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 13:10:12 -0500 Video Greetings from the Frozen North Posted by Ruth
What's a gardener to do in snowy, frigid December? With the right seeds, anything is possible. ]]>
<![CDATA[Willhite Seed Inc.]]> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 11:50:00 -0500 Willhite Seed Inc. Posted by Ruth
Willhite has been around for nearly a century, and if watermelons and cantaloupes are your thing, look no further. Willhite offers seeds for nearly 80 varieties! ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Yard-Long Beans for a Colorful Change of Pace]]> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:29:58 -0500 Grow Yard-Long Beans for a Colorful Change of Pace Posted by Ruth
I planted yard-long beans on a whim this year, and I wasn't sorry. The seeds went in the ground late, around mid-July, but there was plenty of time for the vines to grow up their trellis and... ]]>
<![CDATA[2010 Tomato Roundup Winner and Results]]> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:25:42 -0500 2010 Tomato Roundup Winner and Results Posted by Ruth
The results are in, and our winner has been chosen. Which tomatoes were star performers, and where did tomatoes fare best in 2010? ]]>
<![CDATA[The Life and Death of a Pumpkin]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 13:30:00 -0500 The Life and Death of a Pumpkin Posted by Ruth
Here's a short horror film that gardeners can love: a look at our annual Halloween ritual from the victim's perspective. ]]>
<![CDATA[Big zuke saves the day]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:45:40 -0500 Big zuke saves the day Posted by Ruth
Don't toss your overgrown zucchini; you never know when they'll come in handy. ]]>
<![CDATA[When the chickens come home, they need a place to roost]]> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:54:43 -0500 When the chickens come home, they need a place to roost Posted by Ruth
This structure began life as a dog house, and now it's home to a small but growing flock of chickens. Watch a short video, download sketches, and enjoy the story. ]]>
<![CDATA[2010 Tomato Roundup]]> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:40:39 -0500 2010 Tomato Roundup Posted by Ruth
Tomatoes love heat, and that's what we've had in southwestern Connecticut this summer. How did your tomatoes fare? Read my report on Sun Gold, Carmelo, Paul Robeson, Amish Paste, and 12 more varieties, then post a your own review as a comment for a chance to win a garden cookbook. ]]>
<![CDATA[All About Compost]]> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:37:31 -0500 All About Compost Posted by Ruth
Composting turns kitchen and yard scraps into a marvelous soil amendment, and you don't have to do much to accomplish this stunning transformation. Follow the links to learn all about the benefits of composting, composting systems, building a compost bin, managing your compost, compost tea, and worm composting. ]]>
<![CDATA[All About Garlic]]> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:20:23 -0500 All About Garlic Posted by Ruth
Most vegetable gardeners and cooks love garlic. If you haven't grown it before but would like to, now's the time to start learning the basics and order seed garlic for planting this fall. By this time next year you'll be proudly showing off your crop to friends and family, and using to prepare delicious recipes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gooseberries]]> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:55:00 -0500 Gooseberries Posted by Ruth
Gooseberries take up little space, require almost no maintenance, and yield several pounds of berries per plant. What's not to like? ]]>
<![CDATA[Raised Beds: Who Has a Cool Design?]]> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 13:25:00 -0500 Raised Beds: Who Has a Cool Design? Posted by Ruth
Looking for raised-bed design ideas? Check out the photos posted by members, and show us your own creations. ]]>
<![CDATA[All About Tomatoes]]> Wed, 19 May 2010 15:23:38 -0500 All About Tomatoes Posted by Ruth
Tomatoes are the favorite food crop of America's home gardeners. If you need information on selecting tomato varieties or on growing, pruning, trellising, and trellising your plants, and protecting them from pests, you've come to the right place. We've got tomato recipes, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Homegrown / Homemade Video Series]]> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:31:12 -0500 Homegrown / Homemade Video Series Posted by Ruth
A gardener and a cook team up to plant, maintain, harvest, store, and cook a variety of popular vegetables, including peas, arugula, and potatoes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: Make a Straw-Bale Garden Bed]]> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:45:39 -0500 Video: Make a Straw-Bale Garden Bed Posted by Ruth
Four hay bales and some compost are all you need to set up this nifty biodegradable garden bed. Amy Stewart shows you how. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: Victory Garden (1942 edition)]]> Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:05:00 -0500 Video: Victory Garden (1942 edition) Posted by Ruth
Vintage footage alert: Watch the Holder family plant their quarter-acre Victory Garden in Maryland and find out what a Victory Garden meant in 1942. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: Aquaponics]]> Fri, 19 Feb 2010 11:27:10 -0500 Video: Aquaponics Posted by Ruth
Yes, you can grow vegetables in water. In aquaponics, the plants are fertilized by fish. Rob Torcellini's greenhouse, assembled from a kit, is home to fish and plants in an interconnected system cobbled together from pipes, pumps, and tanks. Take a video tour, and learn more about aquaponics. ]]>
<![CDATA[Organic Valentine? You Bet!]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 13:21:50 -0500 Organic Valentine? You Bet! Posted by Ruth
A Minnesota farmer has crafted a manure Valentine for his wife of 37 years. And on a grand scale. ]]>
<![CDATA[Growing Potatoes]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:51:28 -0500 Growing Potatoes Posted by Ruth
Potatoes in containers, potatoes in the ground, potatoes in the kitchen. Plant some this spring, for a bountiful harvest that will keep for months. ]]>
<![CDATA[Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2010 10:07:23 -0500 Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter Posted by Ruth
Breaking news... Groundhog Day 2010 dawns sunny in Pennsylvania, but spring won't be quite as early as we'd like. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cute Plant Names]]> Fri, 08 Jan 2010 11:00:00 -0500 Cute Plant Names Posted by Ruth
As you work your way through the new crop of seed catalogs, have you found any amusing plant names? I have... ]]>
<![CDATA[New Seeds for a New Season]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2010 08:30:00 -0500 New Seeds for a New Season Posted by Ruth
When temperatures are in the teens and snow is swirling outside, what can a gardener do? Grab a seed catalog and order seeds, of course. ]]>
<![CDATA[Burpee]]> Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:30:17 -0500 Burpee Posted by Ruth
W. Atlee Burpee & Co. has been around since 1876. It's had a long and glorious history, and it's still going strong. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fedco Seeds ]]> Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:51:43 -0500 Fedco Seeds Posted by Ruth
If you still count reading as one of life's pleasures, you are going to enjoy perusing the Fedco Seeds catalog. ]]>
<![CDATA[Frozen Food, Home Style]]> Sun, 13 Dec 2009 19:00:00 -0500 Frozen Food, Home Style Posted by Ruth
Snow blanketed my garden Saturday night, followed by a blast of arctic air, but that didn't keep me from serving my Brussels sprouts for Sunday supper. I just shook the snow off the plants and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Pole Beans]]> Tue, 08 Dec 2009 10:06:07 -0500 Pole Beans Posted by Ruth
For reliability and yield, you can't beat pole beans. As you check out the seed catalogs this year, Romano, Rattlesnake, and Blue Coco are three tasty varieties to consider. ]]>
<![CDATA[Totally Tomatoes]]> Fri, 04 Dec 2009 16:11:25 -0500 Totally Tomatoes Posted by Ruth
Here's a catalog that focuses on America's favorite garden vegetable, the tomato, in all of its manifestations. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Bumper Crop of Seed Catalogs]]> Thu, 03 Dec 2009 13:04:57 -0500 A Bumper Crop of Seed Catalogs Posted by Ruth
This year's seed catalogs are off the presses and headed your way. Before you place your orders, read our short reviews and post your comments. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pinetree Garden Seeds]]> Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:52:42 -0500 Pinetree Garden Seeds Posted by Ruth
Pinetree Garden Seeds in New Gloucester, Maine, is a friendly, family-owned seed company geared to the needs of the home gardener. Pinetree sells a full range of vegetable seeds, and heirlooms are well represented. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gurney's Seed & Nursery Catalog]]> Thu, 03 Dec 2009 09:25:00 -0500 Gurney's Seed & Nursery Catalog Posted by Ruth
Gurney's Seed & Nursery was founded in 1866 by Civil War veteran Charles W. Gurney in Monticello, Iowa, but the company has long been associated with Yankton, South Dakota, where it moved in 1897... ]]>
<![CDATA[Book Review: Strega Nona's Harvest]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Book Review: Strega Nona's Harvest Posted by Ruth
Gardening with kids? Here's a book they'll love, and you will, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Build a Support System for Your Strawberry Netting]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:20:00 -0500 Build a Support System for Your Strawberry Netting Posted by Ruth
A few lengths of copper pipe, some fittings, and a little work keep varmints off the berries and the netting off the plants. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Lettuce from Seed]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:30:00 -0500 Grow Lettuce from Seed Posted by Ruth
There are many, many lettuces to choose from, way beyond what you can buy at the grocery. And here's good news: the "exotic" varieties are way easier to grow, and way more nutritious and colorful, than that old standby, iceberg. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Stir-Fry Garden]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2009 14:48:39 -0500 A Stir-Fry Garden Posted by Ruth
You probably don't grow rice or ginger or make your own tofu, but you can grow a lot of veggies that are perfect for stir-frying. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: A Vegetable Garden on Sesame Street]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2009 16:10:00 -0500 Video: A Vegetable Garden on Sesame Street Posted by Ruth
Elmo, Big Bird, and Michelle Obama demystify gardening for the younger set. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Gardener's Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2009 13:33:01 -0500 A Gardener's Thanksgiving Posted by Ruth
Homegrown vegetables and herbs make for an extra-special dining experience on a day that celebrates the harvest. ]]>
<![CDATA[Leek Soup]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:29:39 -0500 Leek Soup Posted by Ruth
Leek soup is comfort food, especially if you grow your own leeks. It's easy to make, tasty, and nutritious. And it can be served hot or cold. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Witching Hour: Gardening on the Dark Side]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:55:00 -0500 The Witching Hour: Gardening on the Dark Side Posted by Ruth
In the spirit of the season, steep yourself in herb lore. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkins!]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 19:20:00 -0500 Pumpkins! Posted by Ruth
In October, pumpkins are everywhere. You can carve them, of course, but you can also eat them. And of course you can grow your own. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Leaves Make a Great Garden Mulch]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Fall Leaves Make a Great Garden Mulch Posted by Ruth
Don't bag them and send them to the dump. Put this resource to work for your garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: Organic Gardening, Halloween Style]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Video: Organic Gardening, Halloween Style Posted by Ruth
Great soil makes for great tomatoes, right? ]]>
<![CDATA[Crabapple Pie is a Labor of Love]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Crabapple Pie is a Labor of Love Posted by Ruth
This year, the crabapples did not go to waste, thanks to an old Yankee Cookbook recipe. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: Make a Keyhole Garden]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Video: Make a Keyhole Garden Posted by Ruth
In Lesotho, a landlocked, mountainous country in southern Africa, children are learning how to build sustainable raised-bed gardens to provide vegetables for their families. ]]>
<![CDATA[Frost and the Fall Garden]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Frost and the Fall Garden Posted by Ruth
Don't let an early frost wipe out your veggies prematurely. When frost threatens, you need to move quickly. Learn which crops must be harvested right away, and which ones will survive. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkins: Beyond Halloween]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Pumpkins: Beyond Halloween Posted by Ruth
Everyone likes to carve pumpkins for Halloween. Pumpkins also make great eating. If you can grow squash, you can grow pumpkins. Get suggestions for growing and using them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening Tip: Compost Heap Alternative]]> Sat, 05 Sep 2009 10:20:00 -0500 Gardening Tip: Compost Heap Alternative Posted by Ruth
If you don't have a compost heap, here's a simple way to recycle vegetable scraps in your garden beds. ]]>
<![CDATA[La Tomatina: A Food Fight with a Cast of Thousands]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2009 01:05:00 -0500 La Tomatina: A Food Fight with a Cast of Thousands Posted by Ruth
At La Tomatina in the Spanish town of Buñol, festival-goers pelt each other with tomatoes in the greatest food fight of them all. ]]>
<![CDATA[Grow Chamomile for Tea]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Grow Chamomile for Tea Posted by Ruth
Plant chamomile seeds after danger of frost and harvest the flowers as they appear. Use them fresh or dried to make chamomile tea. ]]>
<![CDATA[When Blight Wipes Out Your Tomatoes, Eat Beans]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:45:00 -0500 When Blight Wipes Out Your Tomatoes, Eat Beans Posted by Ruth
Like investors, gardeners should diversify their portfolios. So when the tomato "market" crashes, you will still have something fresh to eat. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plant a Second Crop for a Bountiful Fall Harvest]]> Sat, 15 Aug 2009 08:45:00 -0500 Plant a Second Crop for a Bountiful Fall Harvest Posted by Ruth
The radishes are long gone, you've harvested the last of the lettuce, and the garlic and onions are out of the ground. What are you going to do with all that empty space? Plant a fall garden, of course. ]]>
<![CDATA[For the Fall Vegetable Garden, Think Kale]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2009 07:30:00 -0500 For the Fall Vegetable Garden, Think Kale Posted by Ruth
Kale is a cool-season green that can be started from seed at midseason for a fall harvest. It's delicious sautéed with garlic or served in a hearty soup. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Gardening Tips]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Vegetable Gardening Tips Posted by Ruth
Often it's the little how-to tip that can help you solve a gardening problem effectively and efficiently. Get tips on planting, watering, pest control, plant support. Post your own tips, and they'll be added to the list. ]]>
<![CDATA[In Praise of Watermelons]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:53:35 -0500 In Praise of Watermelons Posted by Ruth
National Watermelon Day is August 3. What better time to try a new recipe or carve a masterpiece? ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening Tip: What to Do When Everything is Ripe at Once]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:20:00 -0500 Gardening Tip: What to Do When Everything is Ripe at Once Posted by Ruth
For a vegetable gardener and berry grower, the busiest time is harvest time. Here are some tips for coping with abundance. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Light but Nutritious Garden Meal]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:00:00 -0500 A Light but Nutritious Garden Meal Posted by Ruth
Salad greens, tinned oysters, eggs, and cheese make a quick and tasty lunch or supper. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mile-a-Minute Weed]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2009 21:00:00 -0500 Mile-a-Minute Weed Posted by Ruth
Mile-a-minute weed is a scary plant. It can grow up to 6 inches per day, and it strangles anything in its path. If you live in the Northeast, beware. ]]>
<![CDATA[Harvesting Garlic]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:15:00 -0500 Harvesting Garlic Posted by Ruth
Getting garlic out of the ground is fairly simple. The key to full-flavored, long-lasting bulbs is knowing when to harvest and how to handle the bulbs so they will keep for a long time. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening Tip: Old Bedsheets Make Great Tomato Ties]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:35:00 -0500 Gardening Tip: Old Bedsheets Make Great Tomato Ties Posted by Ruth
Put your tattered sheets to good use in the garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wineberries]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2009 11:00:00 -0500 Wineberries Posted by Ruth
Wineberry is an invasive plant that produces tasty fruit, and if you manage your berry patch, you can keep it under control. ]]>
<![CDATA[Extend Your Gardening Season Beyond Frost by Growing Produce that Keeps]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 06:05:00 -0500 Extend Your Gardening Season Beyond Frost by Growing Produce that Keeps Posted by Ruth
If you grow winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, garlic, and hot peppers, you effectively extend your gardening season well into the fall and winter. ]]>
<![CDATA[When the Gardener Goes on Vacation, What Happens to the Plants?]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2009 06:00:00 -0500 When the Gardener Goes on Vacation, What Happens to the Plants? Posted by Ruth
You're going to be away for a week or two this summer, but you don't want your garden to run wild. Get tips to tide your garden over until you return. ]]>
<![CDATA[Berries!]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:38:47 -0500 Berries! Posted by Ruth
If you want to grow fresh fruit in your yard, consider planting strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. They're a lot easier to grow and pick than tree fruit, kids love them, and with planning, you can have them throughout the summer and maybe even into the fall. ]]>
<![CDATA[Garlic Scapes]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:17:33 -0500 Garlic Scapes Posted by Ruth
If you grow garlic, you'll eventually encounter scapes. Learn what they are and what to do with them. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Simple Supper, Straight from the Garden]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:39:33 -0500 A Simple Supper, Straight from the Garden Posted by Ruth
What's for dinner? Whatever's ripe. ]]>
<![CDATA[Planting Squash]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2009 11:23:10 -0500 Planting Squash Posted by Ruth
Here's a birdproof method for planting squash seeds, as well as melons, cucumbers, and pumpkins. ]]>
<![CDATA[The (Tomato) Stakes Are High]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2009 14:30:39 -0500 The (Tomato) Stakes Are High Posted by Ruth
Search statistics tell us thata lot of people visit to find plans and ideas for tomato trellises, and with good reason. Staking tomatoes is worthwhile. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pep Up Your Spring Salads with Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Cress]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2009 15:20:12 -0500 Pep Up Your Spring Salads with Wrinkled Crinkled Crumpled Cress Posted by Ruth
Cress grows quickly and is pest free. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening Tip: Watering on the Cheap]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2009 14:48:33 -0500 Gardening Tip: Watering on the Cheap Posted by Ruth
From fridge to garden: Plastic milk jugs find new life as watering cans. ]]>
<![CDATA[First Salads of the Season]]> Mon, 18 May 2009 16:11:27 -0500 First Salads of the Season Posted by Ruth
No lettuce? No problem. You can still make a tasty salad out of early greens. ]]>
<![CDATA[Shield Your Seedlings from Cutworms]]> Wed, 13 May 2009 10:17:23 -0500 Shield Your Seedlings from Cutworms Posted by Ruth
If you have a cutworm problem in your garden, your baby seedlings are at risk. Here's one way to protect them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners is a Great Resource]]> Thu, 07 May 2009 23:55:00 -0500 Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners is a Great Resource Posted by Ruth
Cornell's "citizen science" Web site offers ratings and growing information for more than 5,000 vegetable varieties. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: The Garden of Eatin']]> Wed, 29 Apr 2009 10:42:56 -0500 Video: The Garden of Eatin' Posted by Ruth
Watch an animated history of gardening at the White House. ]]>
<![CDATA[The White House Garden in April]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 22:45:00 -0500 The White House Garden in April Posted by Ruth
What does the White House vegetable look like a month after the groundbreaking? ]]>
<![CDATA[Nasturtiums Spice Up a Salad]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 15:10:00 -0500 Nasturtiums Spice Up a Salad Posted by Ruth
Want to add a tangy accent to your summer salads? Try growing nasturtium. ]]>
<![CDATA[Organic Chemistry on the White House Lawn?]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:02:32 -0500 Organic Chemistry on the White House Lawn? Posted by Ruth
Nobody lobbies me about how I grow my garden, but then again, I'm not part of the power elite. ]]>
<![CDATA[Beyond Beefsteak Tomatoes: In Search of the Unusual]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:18:42 -0500 Beyond Beefsteak Tomatoes: In Search of the Unusual Posted by Ruth
Everyone loves beefsteaks, but they don't do all that well for me, so I usually opt for small and midsize offerings. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rhubarb]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2009 11:00:00 -0500 Rhubarb Posted by Ruth
Rhubarb (pie plant) is a reliable low-maintenance perennial, essentially pest free. ]]>
<![CDATA[Growing Vegetables in Containers]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Growing Vegetables in Containers Posted by Ruth
If you have limited space and time but still want to try your hand at growing vegetables, think containers. No yard is necessary; a patio, deck, windowbox, or even a fire escape will do. All you’ll need is a couple of containers, some soil, seeds or seedlings, and a little fertilizer. Your cash outlay will be minimal, and you’ll have the satisfaction of growing something tasty to eat. ]]>
<![CDATA[Raspberries: An Affordable Luxury in Tough Times]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 10:25:00 -0500 Raspberries: An Affordable Luxury in Tough Times Posted by Ruth
Your 401k is tanking? Join the club. With spring just around the corner, now might be the time to consider a different kind of investment, one that offers reliable returns in the second year and thereafter without much risk. Think raspberries. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Kitchen Garden on the White House Lawn]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:09:55 -0500 A Kitchen Garden on the White House Lawn Posted by Ruth
Yes, it has come to pass. The Obamas will be joining the ranks of vegetable gardeners. Photographed at the site of the official kitchen garden, First Lady Michelle Obama works with kids from Washington's Bancroft Elementary School to break ground. ]]>
<![CDATA[Video: A Simple Way to Start Seeds Indoors]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:25:00 -0500 Video: A Simple Way to Start Seeds Indoors Posted by Ruth
If you live in a cold climate, you may need to get a head start on crops that take a long time to mature, such as tomatoes and peppers, by starting seeds indoors in late winter. This video shows you how. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gardening Tip: Keeping Up with the Garden]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2009 04:05:00 -0500 Gardening Tip: Keeping Up with the Garden Posted by Ruth
If you took the plunge and started a vegetable garden but are wondering how you’ll ever have the time to maintain it, here’s a deceptively simple suggestion: Walk by it every day. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Starter Garden]]> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 14:55:00 -0500 The Starter Garden Posted by Ruth
Leaf lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini are good choices for a first garden. ]]>
<![CDATA[The First Day of Spring, 2004]]> Fri, 06 Mar 2009 10:58:13 -0500 The First Day of Spring, 2004 Posted by Ruth
Five years ago, I was shoveling off the walkway for the umpteenth time that winter. On the first day of spring, no less. So instead of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to throw together a snowman... ]]>
<![CDATA[Planning Your First Vegetable Garden]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2009 11:33:21 -0500 Planning Your First Vegetable Garden Posted by Ruth
Before you decide on what to grow, you need to make some decisions about your garden's location, size, and shape. ]]>
<![CDATA[My Light Setup for Seedlings]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:10:00 -0500 My Light Setup for Seedlings Posted by Ruth
One of the sure signs of spring at my house is setting up the light stand. ]]>
<![CDATA[What's a Garden Worth?]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:35:00 -0500 What's a Garden Worth? Posted by Ruth
Roger and Jacqueline Doiron do the math and calculate the cost of their garden vegetables for one growing season. ]]>
<![CDATA[9 Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 15:20:00 -0500 9 Reasons to Start a Vegetable Garden Posted by Ruth
Need convincing that growing your own vegetables is worth the time and effort? Read on. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chives Are Easy and Tasty]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2009 11:41:22 -0500 Chives Are Easy and Tasty Posted by Ruth
The chive plant, a mild-flavored member of the onion family, is prized for its stalks. It’s one of the easiest herbs to grow. Plant a clump in a sunny spot, water, and forget about it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fencing and Gates]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 15:12:35 -0500 Fencing and Gates Posted by Ruth
Where I live, in southwestern Connecticut, you’d be crazy to garden without a fence. Sometimes I think I live in a wildlife sanctuary, and in a way, I do. Deer saunter through on a regular... ]]>
<![CDATA[Hardy Kiwi]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 14:35:03 -0500 Hardy Kiwi Posted by Ruth
You can grow kiwi fruit in northern climates, and the great taste is worth the wait. ]]>
<![CDATA[Topping Brussels Sprouts]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 12:06:14 -0500 Topping Brussels Sprouts Posted by Ruth
If your Brussels sprouts are disappointingly small, here's a tip: Timely pruning can work wonders. ]]>
<![CDATA[Thornless Blackberries]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 11:33:32 -0500 Thornless Blackberries Posted by Ruth
With thornless blackberries, you get that yummy blackberry flavor without ripping your skin to shreds. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Starter Compost Heap]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:57:00 -0500 A Starter Compost Heap Posted by Ruth
Build an enclosure, add plant material, collect your veggie scraps, and toss them in. Nature will take care of the rest. ]]>