Category Archives: Features

snow on sedum narrow

Snow and Plants: How Much Insulation?

After a winter that has featured an odd amount of rain, followed by very cold temperatures, we have finally gotten some snow. Several days of clippers dumping smaller amounts of…

shelft

Day 31: Best Books for Beginning Vegetable Gardeners

Well, we made it! This is day 31 of our series on how to create and maintain a vegetable garden. We hope this has inspired you to plant vegetables this…

yellow pear tomato jam

Day 30: Preserving the Harvest from Your Vegetable Garden

While it’s hard to imagine on a cold January day, there may come a time when you look at your vegetable garden and wonder what possessed you to plant so…

narrow greenhouse

Day 29: Extending the Season in Your Vegetable Garden, Part 2

By carefully choosing which crops and varieties you grow in your vegetable garden, it’s possible to extend the growing season several weeks in the North. But frost is frost, and…

narrow cabbage

Day 28: Extending the Season in Your Vegetable Garden, Part 1

Today and tomorrow we’ll be talking about ways to get more out of your vegetable garden by extending the season, both in the spring and in the fall. Today we’ll…

tomatoes

Day 27: My Favorite Heirloom Tomatoes

In yesterday’s post about heirloom tomatoes, I recounted some of the questions I frequently field from people who are curious about my obsession. Here’s another one: “So what’s your all-time…

tomatoes narrow

Day 26: My Tomato Obsession

  Yes, I know they exist, because I’ve seen them. I’m talking about people who don’t like tomatoes. Hard to believe, I realize, so when I meet one of these…

dried beans

Day 25: Harvesting Your Vegetable Garden

Once your vegetable garden is planted and begins to produce a crop, you can spend a few moments every day in the garden to monitor when vegetables are ripe and…