Category: DIY, Home & Garden

DIY, Home & Garden

how to grow root crops, with daniel yoder of johnny’s seeds

DO YOU KNOW what it takes to grow a perfect root vegetable? When I recently asked readers and listeners what their most common seed-related issues were, one recurring theme surprised me: troubles with root crops, from poor germination of carrots, to radishes and beets and others that never sized up. If you want to learn […]

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direct sow or not, perennials from seed & more: q&a with ken druse

HOW’S THAT seed shopping going? On the radio show and podcast, Ken Druse and I covered more of your seed questions, from which seeds to sow indoors versus out; outsmarting animals who gobble up direct-sown seeds; to why some seedlings just sit there, like miniatures, never reaching full size. My annual Seed Series continues, and […]

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make room for pollinator plants, with uprising seeds’ brian campbell

NATIVE PLANTINGS are a giant part of the equation in supporting pollinators, but many other smaller efforts we can make with ornamental plants, and even the edibles we choose to grow, can add up, too. I was delighted to see the latest Uprising Seeds catalog was themed “Pollinate.” Brian Campbell, with Crystine Goldberg, grows organic […]

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the february garden chores

RESTLESS, ANYONE? The houseplants are noticing, and so am I: the days are longer, making us both want to get up and grow. Rather than torture tomato seeds by starting them too soon, divert that energy into fruit-tree pruning, perhaps—or into making plans for when spring really arrives to install a water garden, improve your […]

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it’s edemental! gorgeous, delicious grains for the garden, with sarah kleeger

[embedded content] I’M CURRENTLY captivated by thoughts of gorgeous grains and grain-like annuals adding drama to my upcoming garden, and at the same time potentially feeding me and my beloved bird friends. Sarah Kleeger, of Adaptive Seeds in Oregon, has a passion for these dual-purpose, edible ornamentals like sorghum, millet, amaranth, and more. Sarah, with […]

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reducing weeds: a 101 on soil solarization, with sonja birthisel

[embedded content] AN ARTICLE about soil solarization for weed control, the practice of covering beds or fields with plastic to keep down unwanted plants, caught my attention last summer. It was published on the Cooperative Extension’s online home called extension.org and was written by University of Maine doctoral candidate, and she’s my guest on the […]

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the january garden chores

956 Shares THE ANSWER IS NO: No, you probably shouldn’t start all your vegetable seed now, unless it’s for a cool-season crop and you live in a relatively warm zone (my handy calculator tool will confirm when’s the right time). And no, you probably can’t take a soil sample, either, in much of the nation […]

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what i learned about pollinators and other beneficial insects in 2018

WHAT ARE INSECTS THINKING–or if that sounds like I’m anthropomorphizing, what at least are insects desiring? The more we humans seek pollinator connections in our gardens, and strive to create a piece of habitat and not just a purely pretty backyard, the more we want to get inside their heads and understand their cravings, right? […]

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indoor growing under lights, with leslie halleck

MY HOUSEPLANTS are sulking, whispering among themselves, “Why doesn’t that woman get us some more light in here?” And then before I know it, seed-starting season will begin with leeks and onions, but what’s the right light to make those plants happiest indoors? Leslie Halleck is author of “Gardening Under Lights: the Complete Guide for […]

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12 days of cookbooks (ho, ho, ho): 2018 favorites, with alexandra stafford

COOKBOOK AUTHOR and food blogger Alexandra Stafford of alexandracooks dot com and I have declared it so: The Twelve Days Of Cookbooks begins now, as in perfect gift picks for holiday giving. Last year around holiday gifting time, my serious cookbook-collecting friend Ali and I talked about our all-time favorites of the genre. And this […]

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december garden chores

213 Shares THE SHORTEST garden to-do list of the year, December’s, begins with the annual fire drill—one final last-minute check of whatever I had forgotten to secure outdoors, before entering my own semi-dormancy and holing up with the seed catalogs and a pile of cookbooks and making lots of soup while I watch the birds […]

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