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…]
How to grow garden plants from seeds, including vegetable seeds and herbs and annual flowers and vines. Browse the archive below for tips on topics like growing the perfect tomato, what grow lights and other seed-starting gear to use, when to sow peas or spinach or a second crop of beans, and even if you can grow Clematis from those fluffy seedheads it produces.
I’VE BEEN EXPERIMENTING with a wider palette of brassicas—those good-for-you plants in the mustard family, a.k.a. cruciferous vegetables, or cole crops. (Why are there always so many names for everything?) Lately, I’ve focused on cousins that are easier to grow and longer-producing in my Zone 5B of the Northeast than conventional broccoli with its large central head. Bigger isn’t always better (see that lovely half-cup-sized beauty above?) I had such good results from early plantings of new-to-me types including spigarello and ‘Purple Peacock’ that I’m sowing more—right now—to insure a steady supply into latest fall, and beyond. Can I entice you try some? [read more…]
I NEED TO FIND SPACE for a big row of fall peas, due to go in the ground here ASAP. Which varieties will I grow again? A purple-podded snap pea called ‘Sugar Magnolia’ will definitely be in the mix (who could resist that color?) as will the unusual big snow pea called ‘Schweizer Riesen.’ More on both of them—and my overall succession-sowing plan to keep the vegetable garden going well into fall. [read more…]
I’M RESOWING GREENS GALORE, spurred onward by the welcome shift in weather—the monsoon desisted!—and also by a chat with Ellen Ecker Ogden. Thanks to Ellen, my palette of ingredients to try is widening, and I’ve got several new variations on vinaigrette to taste-test, too. Get her advice (in print or podcast), and maybe win a copy of “The Complete Kitchen Garden,” which marries Ellen’s designs for edible gardens (that’s hers, above, and in the plan below) with 100 of her best seasonal recipes. [read more…]