Garlic, Part II
May 5, 2015
I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years. Here is some information on garlic you might find in your grocery store, how to grow and harvest garlic, and how to store it.
All About Garlic
October 5, 2011
Garlic is one of my favorite flavorings to use in the kitchen and one of the easiest of all the herbs to grow in the garden. If you absolutely love the smell and flavor of fresh garlic, or have ever considered growing your own garlic, this fall would be a really good time to plant some cloves. It takes little effort to grow them yourself and you will be rewarded with juicy and flavorsome bulbs.
Garlic, Part III
May 6, 2015
I have covered some of the history of garlic, some of the misconceptions related to garlic, and the growing/harvesting/storage of garlic. Let's now look at some of the more readily available varieties so that we understand what characteristics they will have and how they are similar yet different in bulb/clove color, size, flavor, and pungency.
An All Things Plants Favorite: Garlic
August 27, 2015
What is the absolute easiest edible plant you can grow? I spent my entire morning contemplating that question, and nothing came to mind that beats garlic. As everyone knows, it's a bulb, planted in the fall, grown through the winter, and harvested in very early summer. It requires no special care during the growing season, and has absolutely innumerable uses. Let's talk about this incredible plant.
Garlic, Part I
May 4, 2015
I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years, and over that time have learned some of its history, some of the myths/misconceptions associated with it, and what garlic grows where. In a second article I will discuss some aspects of the particular varieties, how to grow it, and how to store it.
Garlic Growers' Annual Field Day - June 8, 2013
June 23, 2013
Come with me as I report on the Annual Field day of the Ontario Garlic Growers, held at the Brant County Garlic Company in Scotland, Ontario.
When Is the Right Time To Harvest Garlic?
June 4, 2013
When the bottom few leaves are dried and brown, the garlic is ready for harvest. I will show you photos of the ready plants, along with tips on how to lift them from the ground and how to cure them for long term storage.
Planting a Garlic Matrix, No Strings Attached
December 13, 2016
Here is a quick and easy method of planting allium (garlic & shallots) in really tight rows (matrix). Using this method I can fast plant 200 allium in a 5x10 foot garden. In addition, later on it's really easy to spot any cloves that did not sprout.
Control Those Weeds: Garlic Mustard
August 1, 2012
This is the third article in a series that will offer descriptions and control measures for some of the most common weeds. For the most part I will be referring to weeds found in the Midwest because that’s where I live and these are the ones I’m most familiar with.
How To Peel a Head of Garlic in 20 Seconds!
June 5, 2015
Sounds a little far-fetched, doesn't it? But you can do it.
My Top 10 List: Herbs
June 14, 2011
No garden should be without culinary herbs, as they are a part of nearly everyone's diet and yet so easy to grow. This article explores my current list of top 10 herbs that every gardener needs to grow, as well as many of their uses.
Old Dishwater and Homemade Insecticides
April 15, 2012
I don't ingest harmful chemicals, I don't give them to my family or my cats and I certainly don't want them near my plants or in my soil. So what should I do about those slugs, meal worms, spider mites, cabbage worms and Japanese beetles that insist on destroying my flowers and vegetables? Simple, really. I just do what my grandmother did; I save my old dishwater.
The Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming Bulbs
March 28, 2015
We made it! Winter is over and it's springtime! Let's celebrate with a special week dedicated to these beautiful bulbs that brighten our gardens every spring, and we open that week with a look at the most popular of these plants.
Growing and Making Your Own Spices
March 31, 2012
In the duo of "herbs and spices", herbs tend to get most of the attention when it comes to growing them and making seasonings and flavorings at home. However, a number of spices are equally as easy to grow and preserve yourself. There's also the added reassurance of knowing exactly how they were grown.
Mid-Winter Garden Blues
March 22, 2015
What’s a northern gardener to do??
My Top 10 List: Vegetables
April 19, 2011
For the new and well seasoned gardener alike, here is my top 10 list of vegetables that every gardener should grow.
Planning, Designing and Growing a Vegetable Garden
January 12, 2013
It's that time of year, when freezing temperatures suddenly fade away into our distant memory and we start getting that vegetable garden itch. Let's talk about vegetables - how to grow them and how to design your vegetable gardens.
Pesto Takes a New Direction
June 3, 2012
Do you realize that there are many ways to make pesto besides using the traditional basil as the main ingredient? Almost any leafy green can be substituted for basil to make this culinary treat.
The Top 25 Herbs, Selected by ATP Members
February 15, 2014
Let's open Herbs week with a look at the most popular herbs, as determined by the number of individuals who have posted comments and photos to the herb entries in our database.
Root Cellars and Bright City Lights
November 14, 2012
The last time I made my way out of the darkness of a root cellar was in 1952 and I vowed then I'd never return. So why is it that now, 60 years later, I'm longing for a root cellar?