Danielle Sherry

gardening interests: Container Gardening, Cooking, Ornamental Gardening, Vegetables, Editor of GROW

Member Since: 03/03/2009

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Video: Troubleshooting Tomatoes

Grow the best tomatoes ever by pruning suckers, training the vines vertically, and removing double leaders.

Video: Early Pruning of Tomato Plants

Tomatoes are surprisingly easy to maintain. Once your young tomato plants start to grow, they will need some initial pruning. Here's how to ensure that your plants remain healthy and produce delicious fruit.

Homegrown / Homemade: Strawberries

Strawberries are perfect for the home garden: easy to pick and easy to manage. Watch as Danielle and Sarah plant, maintain, harvest, preserve, and cook these luscious little fruits. Don't miss the video recipes for fruit leather and classic strawberry shortcake.

Homegrown / Homemade: Onions

Onions have a reputation for being hard to grow, so here are some tips to help you plant, care for, and harvest your crop.

Homegrown / Homemade: How to Plant Onions

Onions have the reputation of being difficult to grow, but don't let that deter you. If you choose the right type to grow, start from seed, plant properly, and provide the plant with the right growing conditions, you can expect success.

Homegrown / Homemade: Tomatoes

Traditionally, canning tomato sauce is a lengthy affair, but you can speed matters considerably by making and canning a fresh tomato puree, which later on can be transformed into sauce, soup, or even ketchup.

Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

If your squash plants are thriving, but fruit is tiny and shrivels on the vine, the problem could be that the flowers aren't being pollinated by bees and other insects. Fortunately, there's a simple fix: hand pollination. You take a male flower and transfer its pollen to female flowers. See how it's done in this video.

Homegrown / Homemade: Basil

Whatever kind of basil you grow, pruning keeps your plants bushy and productive. Danielle shows Sarah how to pinch back the basil plants and remove the flowers, then Sarah shows Danielle how to whip up a quick dish: Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with Basil.

Homegrown / Homemade: Blueberries

Blueberry bushes make a great addition to your edible landscape, and in this video series, you'll see why.

Blight is Back, Threatens Tomatoes and Basil

This year blight is back—attacking not just tomatoes, but basil too.

Homegrown / Homemade: Arugula

In the latest arugula videos, get tips for storing arugula in the fridge and watch Sarah and Danielle prepare a pasta dish that features arugula, peas, and prosciutto.

Homegrown / Homemade: Potatoes

Choose the potato varieties you like to cook with, and get 'em in the ground. A gardener and a cook show you how in Episode 1 of this Homegrown/Homemade video series. Now playing: How to Hill Potatoes (Episode 2).

Join us at Tomatomania!

Come see Fine Gardening's Danielle Sherry and Fine Cooking's Sarah Breckenridge at White Flower Farm this Friday.

Homegrown / Homemade: Carrots

Do your carrots look like twisted aliens? Danielle (the gardener) shows Sarah (the cook) how to grow plump, straight, and pest-free carrots just right for fresh recipes.

Homegrown / Homemade: Peas

Peas are the quintessential eary-season veggie. Seeds can go into the ground when it's still cold, and you can harvest just a couple of months later.

Johnny's Selected Seeds

Owned and operated by its employees, this seed company in Central Maine is a favorite source for gardeners in New England and beyond.

Chicago City Vegetable Garden

This inner city vegetable garden is located right in the middle of downtown Chicago. It's not often that skyscrapers are in the same picture as corn.

Lemon Verbena Cookies

Sweet lemon verbena cookies are the perfect summer treat.

Video: A Visit to Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, has been encouraging people to save and share heirloom seeds for 35 years. At their annual conference, we asked attendees "Why do you grow your own food?"

Spinach and Pesto Grilled Pizza

Use fresh spinach from the garden to create this amazing pizza on the grill.

Use Stockings as Plant Ties

Don't wear these horrible itchy things--use them in the veggie garden.

Scenes from Smith's Acres Farm

Smith's Acres is a family farm in Niantic, CT. They've been in business for nearly 30 years, growing some of the best produce along the Connecticut shoreline. Fine Gardening was invited to the farm...

recent comments

Re: Protecting Transplants

@Brandonsheirlooms: Hi there--I would recommend removing the row cover mid-season because the temp.'s might get too hot under the cover and literally cook your crops. Proper air circulation is key in the summer months, too--especially when fungal diseases can result from the humid conditions.

Re: How to Grow Artichokes

Hi everyone! These are some really great artichoke questions. I’ve got a few answers to some of the inquiries below:

1. For pest-insect infestations I’m a big fan of organic treatments. My first choice is Neem, a tropical plant extract that is safe and effective. It generally comes in a concentrated spray at any garden center/nursery.

2. If you are in a warm climate where the season is coming to a close, you don’t need to do anything to your plants. Just let them die back naturally and then next spring do some maintenance pruning (remove dead, diseased, or damaged sections of the plant) to refresh.

3. For anyone still waiting for fruit at this point in the season—that is normal if you are living in a cooler locale. Here in CT we usually don’t start harvesting artichokes until late August early September.

4. As for dividing, this article includes excellent step-by-step instructions. If you’re planning on moving your mature plant, I would instead try dividing and transplanting the new shoots. Mature plants don’t relocate well.

5. Last, artichokes like a fairly neutral pH, so do a soil test and adjust accordingly.

Hope these answers help!

Re: Homegrown / Homemade Video Series

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are planning on a few more videos this year--as a matter of fact, we'll be filming next week. Our plan is to cover three more crops: eggplant, watermelon, and garlic (this fall).

Keep checking back over the next few months for these videos to go live. Happy gardening!

Re: QUESTION: When do I pick my peas?

BTW--you should eat them right away or shell and blanch them to preserve the sweet flavor. Again, we'll have that video up and running ASAP.

Re: QUESTION: When do I pick my peas?

You want to wait for the peas to get plump. When you squeeze the pod it should feel like it has some full-size peas inside. The pods should be bright green and shiny--not dull and waxy. In a few days we will have a new video up on how to harvest peas--but in the meantime, I hope these tips help!

Re: Video: Make a Straw-Bale Garden Bed

Sorry to hear about your rice bale troubles. Here in the Northeast I did a straw-bale garden last year using Mainely Mulch--a sterile straw sold commercially at garden centers. The main thing is to make sure you use STRAW--not hay bales. Straw (whatever the type) does not incorporate the seed head of the plant when it is processed. (Therefore no weeds to contend with). I think your barley straw bale would work well.

Re: Homegrown / Homemade: Peas

Glad you liked our first episode! We will be posting new episodes in the series shortly. Up next will be, How to Plant Potatoes, Arugula, and How to Trellis Peas.
Stop back soon!

Re: W.O.W.... What A Difference!

One of my favorite childhood memories of gardening was the spring that my mother became OBSESSED with getting a ripe tomato before Memorial Day (keep in mind we lived in Connecticut and this was considered crazy-talk). But with the help of a W.O.W and an early-fruiting variety, she did realize her dream. I've been a fan of these garden helpers ever since.

Re: In Praise of Watermelons

Ruth--these photos are so great! I just carved a watermelon whale for my nephew's birthday, (We used a celery stalk for the spout of water coming out of his blow-hole). It was such a hit! Everyone loves watermelon for summer!

Re: Video: Early Pruning of Tomato Plants

I would still do some pruning to your tomatoes at this late date. Although you will be sacrificing some of the flowers and immature tomatoes on the lower branches, it will ensure that the other tomatoes that develop will be strong, big, and disease free. And yes, always eliminate one branch from double branches.