Garden

17 Plants on One Square Foot of Land

Need to stretch your gardening space? We’ve all heard about going vertical, but here’s another way to take your garden to new heights. This tower garden uses less than one square foot of ground space and supports seventeen plants. I…

Know How: Harvesting Lettuce

Know How: Harvesting Lettuce

Unless you’re growing head lettuce, your greens can be a “cut and come again” crop. Instead of pulling the entire plant, thus ending the fresh salads, use scissors to cut off the outer leaves near the base of the plant….

Troubleshooting: Tomato Seedlings

One of my readers, Ray, is trying valiantly to grow carefully chosen tomatoes from seed. But he’s getting frustrated: My plants were looking a little yellow so I figured they needed sun, but maybe I left them out too long….

Success: Upside-Down Tomatoes

I posted earlier about my upside-down tomato experiment.  After several months of growing, this is what it looks like: And here’s another plant, complete with ripening fruit:   There is some slight browning on the edges of some of the leaves that…

Tangerine Vinegar

Tangerine Vinegar

We’ve already addressed the fact that I tend to try ridiculous crazy potentially clever ideas with abandon. So it will come as no surprise to many of you that when I finished peeling and juicing tangerines for my Tangerine Triple…

On the Bookshelf

I’ve been reading books to inspire my lifestyle lately and these really impressed me. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter The idea of creating a productive urban farm in the less desirable parts of Oakland,…

Upside-Down Tomatoes

Upside-Down Tomatoes

While much of our steep lot is shady, we have plenty of sunshine on our driveway. My husband, however, is steadfast in his refusal to rip up the concrete to put in a garden. Not to be dissuaded, I came…

Recipe: Radish Leaf Pesto

Recipe: Radish Leaf Pesto

Radishes are one of the fastest ripening crops a gardener can plant. If you’re aching to have something – anything – that you grew yourself on the dinner table, radishes are a good bet. They’re one of the earliest crops…

New Chickens, Orange Blossoms, and Peas

I added three new hens – six months old and already laying – to the flock last week. We’ve had Danish Brown Leghorns in the past and really liked them for their hardiness, so I was happy to find these….

Make a Worm Composter for Less than Five Bucks

Make a Worm Composter for Less than Five Bucks

Apartment dwellers and urbanites often lament the lack of options for composting in homes with limited yard space. If you’re not the kind to get all squirmy over worms in your house, I highly recommend vermicomposting as a method for…