Growing Tomatoes

My first year producing tomatoes, I made a lot of beginner mistakes, which I’m sharing in my entire seed to harvest guide. Follow along as I share my first-ever tomato-growing experience! This article is a little different than the ones I’m used to sharing — there’s no recipe or nutrition information to learn from — …

Plant fast-growing vegetables for a homegrown harvest in six weeks or less

My vegetable garden is a no-nonsense, get the most bang for my buck kind of place. I always plant as much food possible by using early spring through late summer succession planting techniques because who says fast food has to be bad? These super speedy superstars can’t wait more than days or weeks before it’s …

3 Ways to Grow Fresh Vegetables in Winter

You don’t need a heated greenhouse in order to grow fresh vegetables all year round; there are many simple techniques and tools that can take your garden from summer through fall. In my book The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, I share the various winter crops which allow me an enjoyable harvest no matter what zone temperature …

Growing beans: pole versus runner

Growing beans is a childhood memory for me. I remember when the pod was tender and snap-like, but over time it turned into tough vinegary strings that you can’t even chew nor digest without cooking them first! My mother’s side has always preferred runner types because back in their day (and this may be just …

Good carrots gone wrong

The carrots are a common tale. They sprout and grow, developing roots in the bed as it beckons them towards an upcoming harvest that will be filled with crispiness! Yet when we dig through our gardens after some time has passed – there may be multiple types of carrot because one type forkd while growing; …

5 Mini melons for small gardens and containers

Melons do not mind their manners – at least as far as garden space is concerned. A single vine of standard melon variety can cover 100 square feet, and many people don’t have that much room to spare in their gardens for produce anymore. It’s sad to think about how delicious homegrown fruit like this …

Succession planting for a non-stop harvest

One of my favorite things to do in late spring, when the last tomato seedlings are tucked into their final spot for summer planting and all that’s left is turning off grow lights-is leave them on. It means an uninterrupted flow of high quality plants ready any time we need more than what one plant …