Nothing offends me like an unripe tomato. And I'm not referring to a green tomato, which can be transformed into a delicious, fried delight. The tomatoes that get me all worked up are pink, hard and usually served alongside an otherwise decent salad or burger. These pink travesties are particularly offensive in South Carolina in the summer. We grow tomatoes here like nobody's business, and there's no excuse for a bad one.
If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, there is one destination that needs to be on your list: Sunset Magazine's Celebration Weekend. This is the one time in the year when Sunset Magazine goes all out: transforming empty rooms into beautiful designer kitchens and workspaces, plumping their gardens into brilliance, and inviting vendors from all over the West Coast to show us their goods. I got to sneak a peek at what's in store for lucky visitors this weekend — take a look!
Have a vegetable garden? Then you should hopefully have earthworms. A lot of earthworms. You may already know earthworms are the great transformers of landscape, but there's another reason why you should want them in your garden: turns out if you have earthworms you're less likely to see damage inflicted by...
If you don't have a garden, or curbside compost, you might think composting isn't for you. But guess what — you can still join the compost party, even if you're an apartment dweller or suffer from a black thumb. Read on for ways to turn your kitchen scraps into soil and make sure it's put to good use...
Last week we asked those of you who garden in small spaces to share your best advice for starting and maintaining a successful kitchen garden in pots or containers. You had lots of tips to share, but we culled the top five. If you're ready to jump in and start your own cook's garden, read on for advice from those who've done it before:
If you've ever read our About page, you know we say The Kitchn is a site for people who like to get their hands dirty while they cook. One way to interpret that is quite literally — as in, "dirty" from digging in the dirt! As home cooks, we know that growing herbs, fruits, and vegetables is a natural extension for many of you. So we want to know: if you live and cook in a small space but still manage to grow things in pots or containers, what advice would you give to a fellow home cook and newbie gardener who wants to try his or her hand at it?
I found myself working in the yard today, dedicating a few hours to digging up dandelions by the root. It's the best way for us to get rid of them without chemical sprays. Plus, it turns out that the oft-damned "weed" is useful:
Dirt free and portable. That's how Modern Sprout describes their new hydroponic windowsill planter box. While most hydroponic setups are an unattractive display of plastic bottles, buckets, and tubes, Modern Sprout's version is pretty stylish. And because it automatically waters and feeds your plants for you, it's also perfect for black thumbs. (Not that I have that problem, of course. Ahem.)