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Using Softwood Cuttings to Propagate Plants

Using Softwood Cuttings to Propagate Plants

Cuttings (or "slips") can be taken from softwood, semi-hardwood, or hardwood plants. Depending on the species you'll have tons of new plants in 2 to 5 weeks!

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Plant a Fall Vegetable Garden this Year

Plant a Fall Vegetable Garden this Year

The fall vegetable garden can be a well-kept secret as far as easy and rewarding gardening is concerned.

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Readying the Garden for Fall

Readying the Garden for Fall

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Right now we are up to our elbows in garden bounty. Hallelujah! However, even though we are busy harvesting, preserving, drying and putting up the bounty before us--it is time to be putting in fall crops. This is easy to do, as we remove one crop, amend the soil, and replace it with another.

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Returning Seeds to the Library

Returning Seeds to the Library

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The Purple Podded Peas the Hudson Valley Seed Library “lent” me earlier this year are ready to be returned to the library. Seeds will be distributed next season to more library patrons.

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16 Tasty Uses for Dill

16 Tasty Uses for Dill

If you planted dill at the beginning of the season, you’re probably getting ready for a big harvest. Here are 16 creative uses for that easy-to-grow, aromatic herb from Bev Bennett, a Chicago-area recipe developer.

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Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener:  Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

Book Review: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

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Here's my favorite new gardening book: How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants by Deb Soule, (Rockport, Maine: Under the Willow Press, 2013) is a delightful, insightful and inspiring read.

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A Gardeners Mid-Summer Meanderings

A Gardener's Mid-Summer Meanderings

It is already midsummer and the harvest has begun... here's what's going on in my garden and kitchen. Time to put up the garden bounty!

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Easier Composting with the Green Cycler

Easier Composting with the Green Cycler

Have you ever wished for a gardening gadget that would make composting easier? The Green Cycler may be just what you need.

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Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow

Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow

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At the end of last year’s gardening season, I snipped the terminal shoot from a tomato plant, plunked it in a jar of water and kept it over the winter. Here’s how it looks today.

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Brew a Texas-Sized Batch of Compost Tea

Brew a "Texas-Sized" Batch of Compost Tea

This method of brewing compost tea is on a much larger scale, so you can water larger areas more efficiently.

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Grow Vegetables in Hanging Baskets

Grow Vegetables in Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are a vertical gardening method that not only creates more garden space, but it's also a handy way to add quick color and (surprise) grow more food!

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Planting Bolt Resistant Lettuce

Planting Bolt Resistant Lettuce

I didn’t think it was possible to grow lettuce in the summer, because the heat always caused my crops to bolt. A shady spot has helped extend the season, but variety selection is important, too.

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Book Review - Good Bug Bad Bug

Book Review - Good Bug Bad Bug

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Good Bug Bad Bug, by Jessica Walliser, is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying the most common garden pests and beneficial insects.

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Hooray for the Red, White and Purple

Hooray for the Red, White and Purple

The purple podded peas I planted in April have exceeded my expectations to be knee-high by the Fourth of July.

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5 or 6 Reasons to Grow Pineapple Guava

5 or 6 Reasons to Grow Pineapple Guava

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Pineapple guava is quite possibly the world's most versatile shrub.

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Plant an Herbal Tea Garden

Plant an Herbal Tea Garden

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Looking for a new garden idea? Plant your way to afternoon tea!

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Garden Bounty has Begun--Time to Harvest!

Garden Bounty has Begun--Time to Harvest!

The garden is producing in leaps and bounds right now, thanks to the rain and the heat. Get out there and harvest your annual herbs before they flower and prune back perennials to encourage new growth. The more that you cut your herbs, the more leaves they will produce for you throughout the season.

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Garlic Scapes are a Savory Signal

Garlic Scapes are a Savory Signal

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The tall flower stalks that shoot up from the center of a garlic plant are a delicious signal for gardeners. Here’s how to put these tender stalks to good use.

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Design a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

Design a Beautiful Vegetable Garden

Every vegetable garden is beautiful in its own way because each produces delicious edibles that support a healthy lifestyle. But some vegetable garden designs are so striking they deserve special attention.

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Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)

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Coriander or cilantro is one of my favorite herbs to cultivate and cook with--see how easy it is to sow this annual seed so you can harvest it all summer.

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