Category: Kitchen garden

Pumpkins: A Fall Fave

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Nothing is more emblematic of the fall garden—and Halloween—than a bright orange pumpkin. We present to you a few facts about fall’s favorite crop.

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The Grazing Garden

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One of the great joys of growing food yourself is nibbling on plants as you work in the garden. But even if you don’t want a full-on kitchen garden, you can tuck plants into your ornamental design that let you snack

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10 Steps to a Terrific Salad Garden

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Fast-growing, fresh-tasting, and lovers of cool weather, salad greens are among the first vegetables planted in spring. With frilly, flashy textures and a range of colors, salad plants are also a visual delight. Plants like lettuce are so easy, in

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Seed Starting Checklist

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You don’t need a lot of expensive tools to start your own seeds. Use our equipment checklist to make sure you’re ready for seed starting!

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Choosing the Right Organic Seed-Starting Mix

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Finding the right seed-starting mix can be a challenge. We’ll walk you through choosing the right organic seed-starting mix for you!

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The 12 Days of Seed Catalogs

Frankly, we have no use for French hens, calling birds, and partridges (although we’ll be happy to take the pear tree). Instead, we want gorgeous seed catalogs to set us dreaming about the new garden year. All our picks for seed

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Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden

As you plan this year’s garden, consider using companion planting. By selecting plants that will repel certain pests or improve the soil around other crops, you can boost your yield.

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Square Foot Gardening: Maximum Food in Minimum Space

When space in the garden is tight, we look for every technique to make the most of it. And one of our favorites for vegetable gardening is Square Foot Gardening. Developed by Mel Bartholomew, Square Foot Gardening maximizes food yields

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5 Steps to a Realistic Garden Seed List

During mid-winter, gardeners are prone to “winter delusion,” a condition brought on by withdrawal from working in the soil. Its most common symptom is a complete lack of practicality when planning garden projects for the spring. Take seed catalogs, for

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Thanksgiving from the Garden

Cranberries can be grown in the home garden, provided you give them sufficiently acidic soil. Photo by Kristine Paulus, used under CC BY-2.0.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal is pretty much a celebration of foods native to the Americas. From the turkey to the pumpkin pie, our native foods take center stage—including many that would not have been present at Plymouth. In fact, you might find

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