After a too-cool spring, a too-hot summer, and almost zero rain followed by unpredictable torrential downpours, my garden is finally setting forth ripe tomatoes. They are cracked and ugly, yes, but really — can anything compare to the luscious juiciness of a ripe, red tomato, warm from the sun?
Q: I'm going to be moving across town in a few weeks, and I'm taking a lot of plants with me. I'm most concerned about my dwarf orange tree I've got in a container. I don't want to lose all my baby oranges before they're ripe!
Any suggestions for how to move my tree without knocking the oranges off?
Zucchini is in season, and they are piling up at the markets. Do you wish, though, that you had planted one in your garden? Or maybe you have no garden — just a front stoop — and you're listening resentfully to all your gardener friends complaining about their huge stash of squash. Well, it's not too late to plant zucchini, and you can even plant this one very pretty variety in a pot!
We purchased what will very likely be our last bundle of rhubarb at the farmer’s market this past weekend. We’re always so sad to see it go. But those of you who grow your own rhubarb might not have to: here’s a tip for getting a second harvest later in the season!
Do you wish that you had a little bush tomato out on your patio? It's not too late! Do you wish that you had started one more cucumber plant earlier in the summer, or that you had a melon vine to drape over the edge of your balcony? Well, see above. Not too late. There are plenty of organic nurseries that will deliver bouncing baby plants straight to your door, and our current favorite is called Sweet Corn Organic Nursery.
We recently took a spin through Sunset's new gardening handbook: Western Garden Book of Edibles: The Complete A-Z Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits. This book is an actually an updated version of their 2005 volume, The Edible Garden, and we really enjoyed the extra content and photos.
The book is a compilation of a few different sorts of encyclopedic information: Guides to vegetables, herbs, berries, fruits, and nuts are all included. All 32 zones are included, too, so wherever you are in the West there will be notes for your area.
Did you read the article about cooking co-ops in The New York Times today? It explained how many individuals and families are teaming up to cook meals and then swap them with others. It lightens the burden of cooking every single night for a growing, hungry family, and it also introduces people to new friends and new food.
We loved the stories of co-ops in the piece; we kind of want to start one now! What do you think? Have you ever done one of these?
On our recent visit to Fort Worth, we were checking out the Modern Art Museum and were delighted to find a kitchen garden tucked away on the grounds, near the museum's cafe. We weren't able to get right up close, but here's what we saw: