How to Harden Off Seedlings

If you grow your own seedlings indoors under lights, or if you purchase transplants from a nursery greenhouse, you will need to acclimate your seedlings before transplanting them into the garden. This adjustment process is called “Hardening Off.” Hardening off is the process of adapting plants to the outside, so they can get used to Continue Reading »

Growing New Zealand Spinach

This post was originally published in July 2012. Updated with new photos and copy. New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides), also known as Cook’s cabbage or tetragon, is a leafy plant that grows native in New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and Japan. Captain Cook discovered the plant and used it to help his crew prevent scurvy. Sir Continue Reading »

How to Propagate a Rosemary Plant from Stem Cuttings

My rosemary plant is going on four years old this year. It grows in a container and spends the summer outside and is relocated inside when the weather turns cold to overwinter on a south-facing windowsill. By the time spring rolls around, the plant usually looks raggedy from reduced light and heat fluctuations. Sometimes so Continue Reading »

Grow a Salsa Garden Plus a Grilled Tomato Salsa Recipe

The most common advice I give out to folks starting new vegetable gardens is to grow what you like to eat. If you enjoy fresh salsa in the summer, why not plant a salsa garden? How to Plan Your Salsa Garden Select an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. A Continue Reading »

Planning Your Vegetable Garden: Seed Starting Schedule

Starting transplants from seeds indoors can be very enjoyable for a gardener, especially after a long winter. I love watching life emerge from the tiny seeds and flourish into healthy seedlings. Starting transplants from seed is also less expensive per plant and offers a greater variety than buying nursery plants. If you have been following Continue Reading »