THERESA LOE packs more into a garden—or a canning jar—than anyone else I know. A longtime gardener and city homesteader on just a tenth of an acre in Los Angeles, she manages to layer her back and even front yards much the way she layers cucumber slices and spices into canning jars for her easy, low-salt refrigerator pickles. That how-to and recipe is the second of 13 short lessons this Master Food Preserver is serving up starting this week on “Growing a Greener World,” the PBS series where she is a founding producer. [read more…]
Gardening and landscaping how-to for beginning gardeners. I have selected some of my stories on a range of topics, aiming to introduce new gardeners to some of the basics, such as composting, mulching, starting seeds and how to grow tomatoes. A great place to start on this site if you're new-ish to gardening: Browse the stories below and see what sounds right for you.
AN ENCORE VISIT to my public-radio show and podcast by Teri Dunn Chace, author of “How to Eradicate Invasive Plants,” happened just in the nick, I do believe. Late summer and fall turn out to be the best time for getting the upper hand over a wide range of common weeds, including Japanese knotweed, ragweed, Ailanthus, bindweed, curly dock and more, so I was relieved to have Teri join me again to chart a focused course of action. Get her tips, enter to win her book—and just listen in as we gripe about weeds, and grapple with them together. [read more…]
LIKE LINUS WITH HIS BLANKET, I drag it behind me wherever I go. It’s my trusty tip bag, a debris-collecting tool I never thought I’d take a fancy to, having been a bushel-basket or wheelbarrow type for years. But bushel baskets got harder to score, and there are some spots in my lopsided garden where the wheelbarrow won’t do. So drag a bag I do, when I’m doing things like this: [read more…]
KEEP ON TRUCKIN’! As a seed farmer, Hudson Valley Seed Library co-founder Ken Greene knows a thing or two about when to sow crops, and that’s his best advice right now: Keep on truckin’—er, sowing. Though spring is long gone, many vegetables and herbs are still being sown and transplanted, and will right into fall at the Library’s farm in Accord, New York—where I will be participating in events on July 20 and August 24 (details below). Tips, in print or my latest radio podcast, for extending the vegetable garden well into fall. [read more…]