Runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) are pretty enough to warrant a place in the garden purely for their ornamental value. Their edible value, however, is what bumps them to the top of my ‘must plant’ list every spring. They produce an abundance of large, tasty bean pods that can be used in the kitchen in numerous different ways. […]
Chard is just drop dead gorgeous. I mean really, if a member of the vegetable family could be described as sexy, it would be this one. And the praise is well-deserved, because not only is it easy on the eyes, it’s delicious to boot!
Earlier this week, I discovered that the soaker hose for the potato bed had been turned off. Who knows how that could have possibly happened (there are two cute little garden pests at the top of my suspect list, who will, for the time being, remain nameless) or how long the poor potato plants have been suffering […]
How to grow your best blueberries ever – in pots!
Have you ever had this happen? Your little baby squash have just started to develop, when suddenly they turn yellow and fall off. The plants probably seem healthy otherwise, and it doesn’t happen to every single developing squash, but even losing one this way seems like too many! Fortunately, there’s an easy way to prevent […]
Learn how and when to harvest garlic from your garden, and how to cure the bulbs for long term storage.
Until last year, I had a real bias against flowers. Well, not against flowers themselves, I actually love flowers. I just didn’t want to “waste” any of my precious garden space on things that weren’t edible or otherwise useful. Then, one day it occurred to me that I could indulge my love of flowers AND stick […]
One of the things I love about gardening is that there’s always something new to learn. I know way more now than I did 18 years ago (yikes, has it really been that long?!) when I planted my first little veggie patch in front of the house I shared with 3 girlfriends during college, but I […]
How cute are these garden markers?! I ran across the Anthropologie version a while ago, and of course thought, I could totally make those…” So, now that garden season is upon us, I did! I am pleased to report that they were super fun & easy to make. So much so, in fact, that I […]
I admit it, I sometimes often leave my garden tools outside. I’m not proud of it. I know I should clean them and put them away. When I’m out working in the yard, I usually keep going until I’m nearly ready to drop from exhaustion. Why? I’m not really sure. I guess I just get […]