cabbage moth

Combat Cabbage Whites in the Garden

Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I proudly showed my grandma a wee sweet caterpillar. Instead of oohing and aahing over my find, Grandma snatched the wooly thing out of my hand and smashed it under foot. To her, it was simply a garden pest, but I was crushed. I like […] Read More

17 Plants on One Square Foot of Land

Grow 17 plants in one square foot with this easy DIY vertical garden!


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. Leave the inner leaves intact and the entire plant will continue to grow. I've been […] Read More

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. Some look basically dead...leaves are like blanched or something. How long does it take usually […] Read More

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 I'm keeping my eyes on. I'm watering only about once a week, which surprises me. […] Read More

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 Sec, instead of composting the waste, I decided to try making vinegar. Tangerine vinegar? Yeah, […] Read More

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, California is mind boggling to me. But while the location freaks me out a little […] Read More

Fresh tomatoes are a source of food for an extended period in the garden.

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 up with an alternative plan to utilize the space: upside down tomatoes. You've seen those […] Read More

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. My friend Kate asked for pics of the new chickens, so I figured I'd take […] Read More

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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 composting your kitchen waste. You can buy ready-made worm bins, but if you're even a […] Read More