Category: Kitchen Garden

Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

Growing and harvesting your own dried beans

Every year at this time as I walk through my overgrown vegetable garden, I question my sanity. My spring self gets overzealous about planting time and I overdo it, screwing royally my summer self. My garden doesn’t look good, and I struggle to keep up with the harvest. Once I finally harvest, the next project of making sure […]

August 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

10 Fall Crops to Grow Now

I have mixed feelings about late summer. I wait all winter for spring because I love getting my hands in the soil and harvesting the first fresh food of the year. All summer, I work constantly to keep up with harvesting food, cooking  or preserving it and making sure it doesn’t go to waste. Now as […]

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Garden Pests: Controlling Leaf Miners Naturally

Garden Pests: Controlling Leaf Miners Naturally

Maybe you’ve seen evidence of these dastardly garden pests on the once-perfect leaves of your spinach or chard. Leaf miners have all but ruined some of my leafy greens in the past, but last year I vowed that it would never happen again! To control garden pests without harmful chemicals, you need to first get […]

May 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Growing Potatoes in Containers

Growing Potatoes in Containers

The first time I tasted homegrown potatoes from our garden, I was hooked on their superior texture and flavor. Growing potatoes is great for many reasons, not least of which harvesting them is like unearthing treasure as a much-earned reward for your hard work in the garden. Most varieties come late in the summer, after months […]

May 1, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Succession Planting for a Manageable Harvest

Succession Planting for a Manageable Harvest

Succession planting is a valuable tool for managing the amount of food from your garden, minimizing potential food waste, and maintaining a gardener’s sanity.

March 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can a Vegetable Garden be Beautiful?

Can a Vegetable Garden be Beautiful?

During the first summer in our current home, we invited a realtor friend over for a glass of wine outside, the same friend that had sold us our fixer-upper. Cathy saw for herself the dramatic transformation our home and backyard had been through, including the addition of the large fenced vegetable garden. The vegetable garden […]

March 9, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

2015 Vegetable Garden Lessons Learned

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow! This sentiment rings true in the Tomato Envy garden since our yard gets closer each year to being the edible landscape I envisioned long ago. I’ve dreamed, visualized, planned and planted to get where I am today, but there are always new garden lessons to be […]

October 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Garden Pest Alert: Cabbage Worms

Garden Pest Alert: Cabbage Worms

Cool-season gardeners know it all too well: the case of the disappearing brassica. You did everything right from monitoring your soil temperature to amending your soil. Your kale, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli plants were all so perfect in their infancy. Before you could even harvest enough to make a respectable kale caesar salad or cabbage […]

September 29, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Container Gardening at its Best!

Container Gardening at its Best!

Have you ever been interested in growing your own food if only you lived in a pastoral country setting or had lots of suburban lawn to turn into a vegetable garden? Well, it’s time to wake up from those daydreams and get growing now! Container gardening is the answer, and it’s not just for growing […]

August 19, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Tips for Curing and Storing Garlic

Tips for Curing and Storing Garlic

In addition to my fun gig creating Tomato Envy in my spare time, I have a “day job” that demands a lot of my time and energy. I work for a medical device company on Long Island and I travel there often to work with my marketing colleagues in the office. Having grown up in the heart of the […]

August 4, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More