Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil, otherwise known as St. John’s Wort, is leafy and bush-like in appearance. Its fragrant aroma makes it a favorite in the home garden where it works well as a border. Once harvested, this herb is most often prominently featured in Italian cuisine. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil Plant description Seasonal preference: Hardiness: Germination duration: Germination conditions: […]

Italian Parsley

Italian Parsley is a bright green, leafy herb that grows in moderate climate as a biennial with a taproot for storing food over the winter. Not only is it the perfect garnish, but it’s also rich in iron and vitamins A and C. Use chopped parsley in summer salads for a Mediterranean twist. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsley […]

Long Island Mammoth Dill

Long Island Mammoth Dill is considered a versatile, traditional herb with seeds and leaves prized for pungent aroma often used in pickling and kraut-making. This close relative to the carrot and Queen’s Anne Lace also has been thought to have medicinal uses including soothing and alertness properties. This particular variety will grow to a towering […]

Intensive Planting for the Mini-Farmer

Interested in gardening but shy on space? Intensive planting may be the technique for you. Contrary to traditional row gardening, intensive gardening involves maximizing your plant-able square footage in part by eliminating the space between individual rows. This is most easily accomplished through the use of raised grow beds that are designed to a scale […]

Scarlet Nantes Carrot

Scarlet Nantes carrot is an orange crisp, root vegetable, however purple, red, white, and yellow varieties do exist. This variety is said to adapt easily to soil conditions, though prefers loose, sandy soil for proper root development. Carrots are rich in antioxidants and minerals. They also provide a good source of Vitamin A and contain […]

Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce

Black-Seeded Simpson lettuce is a popular ruffled leaf lettuce with tender leaves that have outstanding flavor. Lettuce is a good source of vitamin A and potassium, as well as a minor source for several other vitamins and nutrients. Scientific research into the genetic modification of lettuce is ongoing, with over 85 field trials taking place […]

Waltham Butternut Squash

Butternut squash or butternut pumpkin, is a vining crop with fruits that have a sweet, nutty flavor. Although referred to as ‘winter’ squash, any squash is considered a ‘very tender’ plant that does best in warm temperatures and can be stunted by cold. Alternatively, squash has a relatively long growing season that leads me to […]

Detroit Dark Red Beets

The beetroot, also known as the table beet, garden beet, red or golden beet, is any of the cultivated varieties grown for their edible taproots. Beets are a cool season, root vegetable crop that grows quickly. Plants can survive frost and near freezing temperatures, making them a good choice for northern gardeners like myself. Beets […]