I love farmer’s markets. There’s something so authentic and Old World about them. While I’m loitering around at one, I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be and I’d like to give you some great reasons to loiter around at one, too.
KitchenGardenerMag, archive | April 24th, 20092 comments
Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are common suburban mammals that can chomp your plants to shreds. In this article, a wildlife biologist describes the habits of the beast and reviews the options for keeping your garden safe.
KitchenGardenerMag, archive | April 19th, 20093 comments
Gardeners often dread the drudgery of weeding, but if you establish realistic weed tolerance levels and implement a few strategies, you can have a reasonably weed-free vegetable patch without a ton of work.
Not all insects are created equal. Some bugs, such as aphids and snails, think of your garden plants as dinner - they're the bad guys; the enemy. The other guys are known as the “beneficial insects,” and they are your cavalry.
Snakes, toads, spiders, and bats are burdened with an unsavory reputation, but they can all improve a garden. Cast aside those medieval superstitions and learn what these much-maligned creatures can do.
ChrisMcLaughlin, contributor | March 23rd, 20099 comments
Worm composting (vermicomposting) has to be one of my favorite gardening topics in the world. There are so many good reasons to keep red wigglers in the kitchen or by the back door, munching and crunching on your kitchen scraps that it’s hard to know where to begin.
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.
ChrisMcLaughlin, contributor | March 19th, 20093 comments
Aphids are those little pear-shaped gals that congregate around the undersides of leaves or the terminal buds on your rose bushes. You won’t be bothered by them in numbers of two or three, but when the situation resembles a Rolling Stones concert – that’s when you’ll sit up and take notice.