Harvesting Bananas

Awhile back I promised my friend Jane that I'd take a video of our next banana harvest. She lives in Washington state with her family and none of them has ever seen a banana growing, let alone harvested. I figured it would be fun to share the video here, too. Now, mind you, our method […] Read More


Plan Now to Share the Harvest Later

It's that time of year when - for many of us - scouring seed catalogs for potential garden additions stands in for actually getting our hands dirty. While you've got time (and not dirt) on your hands, you might want to consider organizing a method to share your eventual harvest right in your own community. […] Read More

Guest Post: Victory Garden

You may know Christina Le Beau from her excellent blog, Spoonfed. Or you might follow her on Facebook. But today, I'm happy to have her guest posting about her recent experience with vegetable gardening. Here's Christina: I've gardened for years, but always flowers, never fruits or vegetables. We've had token edibles — containers of tomatoes […] Read More

Saving Seeds: Basil

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Straw Bale Fail

(If you're reading this on the front page, click through for more images.) I've been gardening for years, but the idea of planting in straw bales is new to me. I ran across this post about straw bale gardening earlier this year and was intrigued enough to mention in on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page. […] Read More

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Eradicating Gophers in the Garden

Gophers are not a problem here in the islands, but as a longtime California gardener, I know how damaging they can be. If you're new to gardening, you may not have given these underground pests much thought - yet. One minute, there’s no sign of them; the next minute one of your pampered plants has […] Read More

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Five Reasons to Replace Your Lawn with Vegetables

I recently wrote for GeekMom about Julie Bass and her family's fight with the City of Oak Park, Michigan over a front yard vegetable garden. The city wants the Bass family to remove the vegetable garden and put in lawn and shrubs like their neighbors. Obviously, I think this is ridiculous, but let me expand […] Read More


Harvesting Basil

Basil is one of those wonderful garden plants that just keeps coming. Unlike radishes and beets that are done once you harvest them, basil plants provide their pungent goodness for months if you can stay on top of them. Basil should be harvested regularly to prevent flowering. To do so, simply use scissors to trim […] Read More

More on Leaf and Tree Hoppers

Remember back when I posted about hand picking leaf hoppers? I've learned some things since then. 1. It seems that what I have are tree hoppers rather than leaf hoppers (who knew?). 2. And thanks to a Facebook community member (thank you, Brenda!), I've discovered that some little black critters - that look nothing like […] Read More

Succession Planting

Finally! The weather seems to have cooperated all across the U.S. and gardens are in. But instead of simply cheering on the first of the radishes or ogling the tiny beans on your plants, think ahead. What happens when you pull out those mature radishes and add them to your table? Unless you've planted another […] Read More