Small Space, Big Fruit Flavor

Many gardeners with small garden spaces, or no garden spaces at all, endeavor to grow food in small plots or containers. These gardeners usually stick with tried and true vegetables they can easily grow in one season. But what if we look beyond the vegetable garden and find tasty fruits that can be grown either in containers or small spaces in the garden? Or better … Continue reading Small Space, Big Fruit Flavor

Forbidden fruits? Gooseberries, currants get a bad rap

People of a certain age may have fond memories of puckering up after eating a tart gooseberry, freshly harvested from the bush. These days, gooseberries are a rarity, thanks to some restrictions — and myths about restrictions — about growing them all over the state of West Virginia. In fact, I mentioned writing about gooseberries this week to some 20-somethings in my office, only to … Continue reading Forbidden fruits? Gooseberries, currants get a bad rap

Plan ahead to preserve the harvest

Eating fresh produce from the garden is truly one of the pleasures of the season. Fresh salads, tomatoes, peppers and onions highlight the summer table. I can still remember the first big Sunday dinner of the summer at my grandparents’ house — a table full of nothing but corn on the cob, green beans cooked with new potatoes (with, of course, some form of pork), … Continue reading Plan ahead to preserve the harvest

Sometimes its OK to play with your food

Gardeners tend to see the world around them in two different ways, either as a landscape or as a practical/utilitarian food-producing spot. Some gardeners only enjoy landscape gardening, growing roses, shrubs and perennials that provide beauty. Other gardeners only grow vegetables and fruit, seeing produce as the ultimate goal of gardening. Even those gardeners who do both still treat their landscape and food gardens discretely, … Continue reading Sometimes its OK to play with your food

Pruning is a mix of art, science

As we edge closer and closer to spring (wishful thinking?), it is time to start thinking about pruning up a few of the trees and shrubs in your yard. Pruning is necessary to keep your plants healthy, growing strong and producing flowers and fruits in abundance. And it requires proper technique and correct timing. The timing of pruning depends upon when the tree or shrub … Continue reading Pruning is a mix of art, science