Category: Newspaper Columns


      In my opinion, one of the most beautiful features in any home landscape is a vegetable garden.  Not everyone agrees.  In fact, some homeowner’s associations specifically prohibit vegetable gardens.  But just because you don’t have space for a vegetable garden or are forbidden to have one doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. [Continue]

Fermentation is Popular Again

      About a year ago I read an article in a magazine about fermenting vegetables.  It was all new to me, but people have been preserving vegetables by fermentation for thousands of years.       Several things caught my attention.  First was how many vegetables – almost all of them – can be fermented.  Next was [Continue]

What Does it Mean to Cultivate?

What came to mind when you read the headline above?  I’m guessing it was either a picture of a farmer aboard a tractor dragging a cultivator across his fields, or a gardener using a rototiller or hoe to remove weeds and fluff up the soil between plants.       Here is how Merriam-Webster defines cultivate: 1. to [Continue]

Harvesting Garlic, Onions, Potatoes

It’s time to begin harvesting the heavy-hitters of the vegetable garden.  Garlic, onions and potatoes will last throughout the coming winter and into next spring with proper curing and storage.  They each need a slightly different curing strategy but none are difficult.       Garlic is ready to harvest when there are five green leaves remaining [Continue]

Growing Protein

      Most of the plants we grow in our vegetable gardens provide us plenty of nutrients in the form of vitamins and other micronutrients.  Very few provide protein.  One family of plants, legumes, does provide significant amounts of protein, along with dietary fiber.  Dried beans like navy beans, black beans, pinto beans, lima beans, great [Continue]