How do you like your tomato, firm or soft? Round or pear-shaped? Bright red or almost black? There is so much more tomato variety than what you see on your supermarket shelf; so much more variety of all produce in fact. (more…)
Like any homegrown fruit or vegetable, herbs are at their best when they are freshly picked from the garden. Growing your own herbs not only gives you a sense of fulfillment but also, more important, helps you reduce food cost. But when you have too many herbs on hand and just want to save them for later, what are the ways to keep them from spoiling too quickly?
By planting seasonally, you can avoid a slew of potential problems. For instance, vegetables growing out of season are far more vulnerable to insect attack and fungal diseases. Use this planting guide, including a visual reference at the bottom of the post, to help you choose plants that will grow most optimally in each season of the year. (more…)
For this month’s planting guide, we focus on spring onions. When you buy a bunch of spring onions from the greengrocer, you usually only use one or two in a recipe. You can store them in the fridge wrapped in newspaper, but it is easier to save them by planting them in the garden or in a pot. (more…)