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52 Weeks Fresh: End-of-Summer Lovin’

Plants worked hard all summer to deliver varied flavors, shapes and colors. Now it’s time to cook your bounty. A garden row of seedlings at the season’s start should now be a greenmarket. If you’ve been following along this summer, you’ll have everything you need for pizza sauce (tomatoes, basil, thyme, oregano, onions) and salads […]

52 Weeks Fresh: What Time Is It? Tomato Time

Sun-dried tomatoes are an excellent way to concentrate that jammy summer tomato flavor. But when it’s too hot to turn on the oven, take advantage of the sun and use your car. A car dashboard makes the perfect substitute oven.

52 Weeks Fresh: Prepping for Tomato Bounty

There’s no such thing as having too many tomatoes, but it does pay to be prepared for the onslaught. The fruits are just beginning to ripen in East Coast gardens, so we have about two weeks to get ready for tomato mania. Until then, take advantage of near-ripe varieties by making fried green tomatoes. Green […]

52 Weeks Fresh: Feed the Bees, Feed Yourself

Bee populations are down significantly across the country and the world. Though the primary cause of Colony Collapse Disorder is still being debated, many experts believe pesticides, foreign parasites and other pathogens are the culprits. Busy pollinators, bees — especially honeybees — are crucial to our fruit and vegetable supplies. One way to strengthen bee […]

52 Weeks Fresh: Tisanes (Herbs and Flowers, Sun and Moon)

As tempting as it is to save all of the garden’s bounty for meals, the herbs and flowers coming into bloom now are just as good in the glass. Lavender, peppermint, lemon and lemon balm can each be used to make great simple syrups for cocktails, like lavender in a mojito garnished with lavender sprig […]

52 Weeks Fresh: Hardworking and Productive (Who Doesn’t Like a Garden Hero?)

  Dry beans are quiet garden stalwarts. Kidney and black beans — my legumes of choice — produce abundant yields with few needs. To maximize yield, plant beans early in the summer once the soil has warmed, then pull them from the ground when the pods are dry and the plant is mostly dead, in […]

52 Weeks Fresh: Quinoa and Amaranth (Hard to Pronounce, Fun to Grow)

My garden isn’t just for greens. A few years ago, when I was trying to figure out how it could yield more flavors, I started rummaging through my kitchen shelves and two boxes stood out: quinoa and amaranth. So I decided to grow them alongside my usual garden vegetables to make more-interesting salads.

52 Weeks Fresh: Plants Need Friends Too

Tomatoes like company in the garden, so keep things easy and organized by clustering the stalks with basil and any other ingredients you’ll need for salsa or tomato sauce. Not only will this save space, it will also discourage pests. 

52 Weeks Fresh: Preparing the Garden (While Watching Television)

I love to eat (and I eat a lot).  More than 20 years of gardening have shown me how to grow amazing, delicious, healthful food at a fraction of market prices — and how to preserve the surplus to use all year long. My garden in Bedford, N.Y., (about an hour north of midtown Manhattan) […]

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