Fava beans are a great source of protein and easy to grow in mild spring weather.
Vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have popularized high-protein garden vegetables. Growing a good selection of nutritious, protein-packed grains and beans means expanding upon the standard repertoire of veggies. The list may include cool-season legumes, like chickpeas and fava beans, as well as winter grains and warm-season crops, such as edamame and amaranth.
New, heat-tolerant blueberries should be enjoyed in more gardens south of the Mason Dixon Line and in the Southwest
Forget that blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) are just a crop for the far north, because that’s changed. Modern selection and breeding has resulted in a range of hybrids and varieties that extend blueberries into almost every growing zone. What makes this such a great opportunity is that blueberries are […]
Creating a Certified Wildlife Garden is one of many ways to garden sustainably.
By default, gardens help the Earth by providing vital green space, but there are smart ways to boost a garden’s overall value—environmentally, socially, and economically. Some steps are small. For example, growing your own food organically takes little effort and offers big rewards with fresh, low-cost produce. Composting your own food scraps […]
Every seed has a story. When it comes to heirloom vegetable seeds, those with great stories have been nurtured for hundreds and thousands of years by diverse peoples worldwide. Many heirlooms have been lost in time, but some have been preserved, bringing with them wonderful traits that tell us something about the people who grew them and the […]
Sunflower seed circle and herb garden seeded homemade cards are shown. We made gift tags with the extra seed paper!
Making homemade paper is fun and easy to turn into seeded holiday gift cards with garden themes. Simply add a few dried petals to the paper pulp, sprinkle in designer compositions of garden seeds, and you have holiday grow-your-own-garden cards. These useful, impressive cards are […]
Mature Chinotto Sour Orange (Citrus x aurantium ‘Chinotto’) Fruits.
From the seventeenth to nineteenth century European aristocrats in the north grew citrus and other tender fruits in specialty greenhouses called orangeries. By the early Renaissance, pane glass could be sufficiently produced for the creation of greenhouses large enough to hold tropical and subtropical fruit trees. These glass houses were status symbols, in […]
Feeling a little hot after harvesting your summer tomatoes and peppers? Why not make this spicy, authentic pico de gallo recipe? It’s fast, simple, and tastes great served with crunchy tortilla chips.
3-4 medium fresh tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 large pinch salt
(Wear gloves when preparing the pepper and don’t touch your eyes!)
After dicing and chopping, combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Season to taste. If the serrano makes your […]
Nothing is more refreshing in summer than a delicious cocktail made with crisp cucumbers and aromatic herbs harvested straight from your garden. These drinks contain fresh rosemary and basil, though you can also replace them with fresh mint, if you like. Whip up one of these delicious summer cocktails, and let your party stand above the rest.
Fruit salsas are both sweet and savory. This spicy strawberry kiwi salsa tastes great over seared fish or chicken, or it can simply be enjoyed with fresh tortilla chips. Use fresh summer strawberries, cilantro, and jalapeño from the garden or local farmer’s market to make it extra special.
1 cup fresh strawberries, finely chopped
1 cup kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Mix all of the ingredients together, and let them chill for […]
Roasted red peppers are delicious on salads and sandwiches, and but they are expensive to buy at the grocery store. Thankfully, they are very easy to make, so when peppers are in season, take some time to make your own. If you have a bumper crop of sweet peppers, roasting is a perfect way to make the most of your crop.
Work with as many fresh bell peppers […]