Edible Gardens 122 Stories

The vegetable garden is in full glory during summer, filled with ripe tomatoes, rapidly growing squashes, hot and mild peppers, melons, cucumbers, corn and a host of other summer vegetables that can threaten to take over your yard and your kitchen. Most fruit trees are in full production, and berries are at their peak....
Extend Your Growing Season With a Cold Frame in the Garden
My grandmother had a cold frame. It was a long rectangular box angled to catch the sun with a sliding glass top, located along the south wall of the garage. At the time I didn't know what it was, but now I've built one of my own, just outside my kitchen,...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Lettuce
Lettuce is more than the iceberg variety of diner dinner salads. In fact, even iceberg lettuce (also known as crisphead) is no longer that familiar. The lettuce family is huge and rapidly growing. Lettuce itself is still a standard for salads, but it...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Salad Greens
Salad greens have been edging lettuce out of the culinary spotlight for some time, finding a place not only in everyday salads but also in sandwiches...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Peas
Fresh peas are a sign of spring, one of the sweetest, most tempting offerings of the garden. They’re also less well known as a fall and even a winter crop for mild areas, as they thrive in cool weather. There are two general types of peas....
Build a Raised Bed to Elevate Your Garden
If you're dreaming of growing your own vegetables this coming season, then building a raised garden box is the perfect springtime project for you. With a few supplies, tools and these easy-to-follow instructions, you'll be slicing into your very own...
6 Ways to Grow Edibles in Small Places
People are more excited than ever these days to experiment with growing their own food and reaping the rewards of an edible garden. But what if you don’t have a huge amount of space? Are...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Potatoes
There’s a reason Idaho is known for potatoes — its climate. Potatoes love cool soil and won’t grow once the soil gets too warm, which is not a problem in most of that state. Wherever you’re located, though, you still can produce a potato crop...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Radishes
If you want to get kids started gardening, radishes are a great choice. Most varieties are quick to grow, fun to harvest and tasty raw or cooked. They come in a number of colors (white, red, pink, rose, black, gold, lavender, purple) and...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Beets
If you know only canned beets, then beets from the fall or spring garden will be a surprise. First, they come in different shapes, from round to more oblong, and an array of colors. There’s the traditional deep red, but you can also find yellow, gold,...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Chard
Chard, also called Swiss chard, is a bright star of the fall garden. If you take a look at the leaves of its cousin, the beet, you can see a family resemblance. But unlike beets, chard doesn’t wait for you to notice it in the garden. It easily reaches...
Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Kale
Kale has recently come into its own in the culinary world. It’s a superfood, which means it’s appearing in all kind of meals, from main courses to energy shakes. This member of the cabbage family is also surprisingly easy to grow. Leaf colors range...
9 Ways to Change Up Your Vegetable Garden for the Coming Season
Late summer is a good time to think about cool-season vegetable plantings, but in addition to testing new crops, consider updating your garden’s bones and structure too. These creative edible...
12 Edibles Perfect to Plant in Late Summer
A gardener’s work is never done. Even though August is the high point for the summer vegetable garden, with ripe tomatoes and peppers,...
8 Last-Minute Additions to a Summer Edible Garden
If that beautiful garden you dreamed of planting in January is still a bare patch of ground in the hot July sun, don’t despair. While gardening articles and books generally recommend spring planting for summer vegetables — the standard caveat of...
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