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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.
Become a better veggie gardener by learning the finer points of interplanting, fertilizing, harvesting, and more.
Improve your veggie-growing skills with articles, videos, and tips from experts around the country.
Nothing rivals the taste of a homegrown tomato, and Tomato Match will help you find the perfect variety for your needs.
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.
You say groundhogs, I say woodchucks. Either way, February 2 is their special day.
Your unused seeds may be viable for several years, depending on the type of seed and the storage conditions.
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.
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...
Will you be carving a pumpkin this year? Get in the Halloween spirit with this video tour of some novel creations.
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.
Now you can watch all the recipe videos from the Homegrown/Homemade series in one place, and find links to the recipes on FineCooking.com.
Lois Ehlert's book Eating the Alphabet is a colorful way to introduce babies and toddlers to the world of gardening.
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...
Our sister site FineGardening.com can expand your gardening horizons. Let's take a look.
Whether you are new to vegetable gardening or a seasoned veteran, you'll find useful growing tips in the articles and videos highlighted here.
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...
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 FineCooking.com, or post a recipe for your own favorite soup.
What's a gardener to do in snowy, frigid December? With the right seeds, anything is possible.
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!
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...
The results are in, and our winner has been chosen. Which tomatoes were star performers, and where did tomatoes fare best in 2010?
Here's a short horror film that gardeners can love: a look at our annual Halloween ritual from the victim's perspective.
Don't toss your overgrown zucchini; you never know when they'll come in handy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gooseberries take up little space, require almost no maintenance, and yield several pounds of berries per plant. What's not to like?
Looking for raised-bed design ideas? Check out the photos posted by VegetableGardener.com members, and show us your own creations.
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.
A gardener and a cook team up to plant, maintain, harvest, store, and cook a variety of popular vegetables, including peas, arugula, and potatoes.
Four hay bales and some compost are all you need to set up this nifty biodegradable garden bed. Amy Stewart shows you how.
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.
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.
A Minnesota farmer has crafted a manure Valentine for his wife of 37 years. And on a grand scale.
Potatoes in containers, potatoes in the ground, potatoes in the kitchen. Plant some this spring, for a bountiful harvest that will keep for months.
Breaking news... Groundhog Day 2010 dawns sunny in Pennsylvania, but spring won't be quite as early as we'd like.
As you work your way through the new crop of seed catalogs, have you found any amusing plant names? I have...
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.
W. Atlee Burpee & Co. has been around since 1876. It's had a long and glorious history, and it's still going strong.
If you still count reading as one of life's pleasures, you are going to enjoy perusing the Fedco Seeds catalog.
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...
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.
Here's a catalog that focuses on America's favorite garden vegetable, the tomato, in all of its manifestations.
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.
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.
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...
Gardening with kids? Here's a book they'll love, and you will, too.
A few lengths of copper pipe, some fittings, and a little work keep varmints off the berries and the netting off the plants.
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.
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.
Elmo, Big Bird, and Michelle Obama demystify gardening for the younger set.
Homegrown vegetables and herbs make for an extra-special dining experience on a day that celebrates the harvest.
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.
In the spirit of the season, steep yourself in herb lore.
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.
Don't bag them and send them to the dump. Put this resource to work for your garden.
Great soil makes for great tomatoes, right?
This year, the crabapples did not go to waste, thanks to an old Yankee Cookbook recipe.
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.
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.
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.
If you don't have a compost heap, here's a simple way to recycle vegetable scraps in your garden beds.
At La Tomatina in the Spanish town of Buñol, festival-goers pelt each other with tomatoes in the greatest food fight of them all.
Plant chamomile seeds after danger of frost and harvest the flowers as they appear. Use them fresh or dried to make chamomile tea.
Like investors, gardeners should diversify their portfolios. So when the tomato "market" crashes, you will still have something fresh to eat.
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.
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.
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.
National Watermelon Day is August 3. What better time to try a new recipe or carve a masterpiece?
For a vegetable gardener and berry grower, the busiest time is harvest time. Here are some tips for coping with abundance.
Salad greens, tinned oysters, eggs, and cheese make a quick and tasty lunch or supper.
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.
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.
Put your tattered sheets to good use in the garden.
Wineberry is an invasive plant that produces tasty fruit, and if you manage your berry patch, you can keep it under control.
If you grow winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, garlic, and hot peppers, you effectively extend your gardening season well into the fall and winter.
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.
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.
If you grow garlic, you'll eventually encounter scapes. Learn what they are and what to do with them.
What's for dinner? Whatever's ripe.
Here's a birdproof method for planting squash seeds, as well as melons, cucumbers, and pumpkins.
Search statistics tell us thata lot of people visit VegetableGardener.com to find plans and ideas for tomato trellises, and with good reason. Staking tomatoes is worthwhile.
Cress grows quickly and is pest free.
From fridge to garden: Plastic milk jugs find new life as watering cans.
No lettuce? No problem. You can still make a tasty salad out of early greens.
If you have a cutworm problem in your garden, your baby seedlings are at risk. Here's one way to protect them.
Cornell's "citizen science" Web site offers ratings and growing information for more than 5,000 vegetable varieties.
Watch an animated history of gardening at the White House.
What does the White House vegetable look like a month after the groundbreaking?
Want to add a tangy accent to your summer salads? Try growing nasturtium.
Nobody lobbies me about how I grow my garden, but then again, I'm not part of the power elite.
Everyone loves beefsteaks, but they don't do all that well for me, so I usually opt for small and midsize offerings.
Rhubarb (pie plant) is a reliable low-maintenance perennial, essentially pest free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaf lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini are good choices for a first garden.
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...
Before you decide on what to grow, you need to make some decisions about your garden's location, size, and shape.
One of the sure signs of spring at my house is setting up the light stand.
Roger and Jacqueline Doiron do the math and calculate the cost of their garden vegetables for one growing season.
Need convincing that growing your own vegetables is worth the time and effort? Read on.
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.
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...
You can grow kiwi fruit in northern climates, and the great taste is worth the wait.
If your Brussels sprouts are disappointingly small, here's a tip: Timely pruning can work wonders.
With thornless blackberries, you get that yummy blackberry flavor without ripping your skin to shreds.
Build an enclosure, add plant material, collect your veggie scraps, and toss them in. Nature will take care of the rest.