Vegetables and Fruit

HOW TO Grow Ginger Indoors

HOW TO Grow Ginger Indoors

It took a few weeks to pop through the soil and a couple of months for it to take off. I picked up organic root so it would have a better chance of sprouting. The soil mixture is homemade – sift... »

Malabar Spinach Recipes

All About Malabar Spinach – Grow, Eat and Craft!

Malabar spinach is a leafy green from East Asia that is gaining popularity in home gardens everywhere. Also known as acelga, bratana, ceylon spinach, Chinese spinach, Indian creeping spinach, climbing... »

Choosing Healthy Tomato Plants

How To Buy Tomato Plants – Common Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid these mistakes when buying tomato plants this spring. Think of it like the Seven Dwarfs but with modified spelling, different names and no cottage deep in the woods. (I need to be sensitive of c... »

Grow a Winter Garden

Winter Garden Update

OK, we’re supposed to have our crops established before the cold weather hits. Despite this best practice, my veggies are growing and we have freezing temps at night. Mostly 50’s during th... »

Should You Chit Potatoes

3 Reasons to Chit Potatoes – Is Chitting Necessary?

Chit Potatoes Is chitting just busy work for passionate gardeners? Honest gardening folk would NEVER waste time doing mindless chores to avoid grocery shopping, cleaning the house or paying bills. Is ... »

HOW TO GROW Amaranth

ALL ABOUT Amaranth – History, Cook It, Eat It, Grow It

At school, we call amaranth an ancient grain because it has history. People in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru grew amaranth thousands of years ago and utilized it as a staple grain, much like a oats and w... »

how to make fish emulsion fertilizer

Homemade Fish Fertilizer Improves Celery at School

SCHOOL GARDEN UPDATE: We tested a simple “fish tea” solution on half of our celery starts at school and we were impressed with the results! The half that got plain water were yellowed and ... »

white pumpkins types and uses

11 Fun Pumpkins and Winter Squash and How to Use Them

My oldest and I are on the lookout for the most interesting pumpkins and winter squash. Check these out at your local farm stand and use our tips to help you choose the best ones for carving, cooking ... »

how to grow organic kohlrabi

How to Grow Kohlrabi and Solve Common Problems

TIPS FOR GROWING GREAT KOHLRABI WHAT IS THE TASTE AND TEXTURE OF KOHLRABI? It tastes like a combination of a turnip, radish and cucumber – on the mild side. The alien-looking bulb grows above th... »

how to grow garlic scapes

How to Grow Garlic Sprouts and Scapes

Grow your own gourmet garlic scapes year round! How to Grow Garlic Sprouts/Scapes The goal is to get sprouts or scapes – not more garlic cloves. Growing Medium: The cleanest way to sprout garlic... »

Arugula recipes

10 Ways to Eat Arugula

Arugula is a versatile green. We grow lots of it in our community garden plot. It also grows well in burlap sacks and grow bags. We even plant extra to use as an edible green manure! If you’re l... »

about kohlrabi, kohlrabi recipes, how to prepare kohlrabi

How to Eat Kohlrabi | 5 Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi

Everything is doing well at our school garden including the kohlrabi. The farm stand that I visit regularly sells a bunch for $1.75 and I’m also growing two kinds in my community garden. Most of... »

kale chips

Take the Gas Out of Kale Plus Kale Chips Recipe and More

Why is it that sometimes the healthiest foods are the gassiest foods? Kale, kohlrabi, broccoli and Brussels sprouts should have warning labels – something like, “Eat too much of this and y... »

Uses for straw and using straw for mulch in the garden

Difference Between Straw and Hay with Cartoons

Until recently, I thought hay and straw were the same thing. Hayrides, barn floors, over-stuffed scarecrows and cows munching on grass – that’s what I knew growing up in Maine. I went to t... »

How to Grow Potatoes in Recyled Coffee Sacks

How to Grow Potatoes in Recyled Coffee Sacks

The Great Tater Experiment I tried growing potatoes in my pants, in t-shirts, pillow cases, garbage bags and my husband’s shorts! But the “spuds split our duds!” We have a fun video ... »

Zucchini Bread with Flax Seed and Dark Chocolate

Zucchini Bread with Flax Seed and Dark Chocolate

It’s fun to rev up traditional recipes and this one for zucchini bread gets a health boost from flax seed and other natural ingredients, plus a pleasant kick in the zuke from dark chocolate. Whe... »

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Jack and the Borage Stalk

Wow, this is our borage (starflower) this year. It grew so tall and full  there is enough for the kids and the bees!  Our girls feel like they are in another world poking around the borage bush. »

Swiss Chard – My Hero!

Swiss Chard – My Hero!

After years of steaming swiss chard in a big pot, we’ve found a much easier and tastier way of cooking chard – Grill It! One cup of chopped swiss chard has only 35 calories and provides mo... »

grow garlic in containers

How To Grow Garlic from the Grocery Store, Farmers Market or Certified Seed

Have extra garlic from the grocery store? You can start growing your own garlic with one clove! GROCERY STORE The key is to use ORGANIC garlic because it has not been sprayed with a growth inhibitor c... »