Category Archives: Vegetable Gardening

New Vegetable Varieties for 2017 Shrinking

Judging by the new vegetable varieties being offered this year, gardens are shrinking. More varieties are being marketed for patios, pots and raised beds. Everything from tiny eggplant to mini-squash…

Fresh From the Garden: Hot Off the Press

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. Growing fresh, clean food. How hard can that be? Well, in USDA Zones 3 and 4, growing organic…

Hot Off the Press: Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb (Ten Speed Press  2015) is an up-to-date revision of her 1975…

When Can I Plant Tomatoes?

One of the most common questions we hear from northern gardeners in the spring is: When can I plant tomatoes? Our advice is: Don’t rush it. The University of Minnesota…

Growing Lettuce for Early Eats

Growing lettuce is one of the best ways to get a super early harvest from your vegetable garden. Lettuce germinates quickly and reliably indoors under lights. You can also plant…

What’s New in Vegetables for 2016

A pea is a pea is a pea, and lettuce would taste as crunchy by any other name. Apologies to both Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare, but in the gardening…

How to Create a Lasagna Garden

Lasagna gardening is a no-till method of creating a garden bed over an area of grass or weeds. While many people start lasagna gardens in the fall so the garden…

Book Review: Indoor Kitchen Gardening

Indoor Kitchen Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2014) by Minnesotan Elizabeth Millard has the right attitude. In the book’s introduction, Millard co-owner of Bossy Acres, a vegetable farm now operating in…