Get advice on growing herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, beans, peppers, and anything else you want in your vegetable garden. Plus advice on pests like snails, beetles, and ants.


Modern Farmer: How to Germinate Seeds with an Instant Pot

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

For home cooks who love their Instant Pots, here's another use: Speed up germination of seeds for warm weather crops.

My Garden Tomatoes Only Meh

by zackly 2 months ago

I've had a good crop of round tomatoes that I've grown in a 4' planter and a couple other containers. They look nice but just taste OK, better than supermarket tomatoes but not as good as some I've...

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Gardening could be an essential part of astronaut self-care

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . Since arriving at the station, they have completed the survey on a monthly basis, answering questions like: How much time they spend in the greenhouse each month; what kind of activities th...

Growing chili peppers. let them go red?

by seefoo 2 months ago

I have jalapeños and Thai peppers growing. growing well. I will pick a jalapeño to eat fresh with a sandwich or something occasionally, but I am letting the Thai peppers go. I have lots. two ha...

"This 104-year-old Oakland seed company makes traditional cooking possible for Asian Americans"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

Berkleyside did a nice profile on Oakland's Kitazawa Seed Company. "Right now, Shiroyama says the most popular seed varieties for home gardeners to plant for a summer harvest are Japanese cucum...

Forni Farm Spring Plant Sale | Santa Rosa - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Remember way back when MImi Sheraton rhapsodized about the Giant Syrian grown by Calistoga's Forni-Brown-Welsh Gardens in “1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die"? Besides supplying premium produce to S...

Kaffir Lime tree

by edub 7 months ago

Does anyone know of any Asian markets or other places in the DMV where I can buy one? I’m also trying to recall which market I was in in Virginia around this time two years ago, where they had a gr...

Heritage Apple Search and Apple Trees for Sale

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

This website landed in my inbox today, offering heritage apple trees for sale in the fall. Perhaps more interesting is the effort to find and save lost, heirloom varieties. The site can also help i...

Online Seed Saving Class, 4/26 - Free

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

"Learn how to grow out your vegetables and save seeds for next year’s crop! You will learn how to avoid cross-pollination so your seeds will be true to type (like the parents) and how to gather and...

"Don't be weird about gardening"

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . So I decided to suck at gardening. No one, absolutely no one is relying on the output of my ratty raised beds and motley containers for their sustenance, and also nature is a fickle bitch. ...

April 25, Annual Spring Plant Sale, Petaluma Bounty

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Advance 30-minute time slot reservations are required. "Petaluma Bounty will be offering a dollar for dollar match, up to $20, for anyone purchasing their edible plants with CalFresh (EBT)! We ...

Harvesting Tips: Artichokes to Zucchini

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Tips on the optimum time to pick your garden crop from Joe Corso of Long Beach Organic.

Getting our herb garden started: West/Conn 2018...

by gutreactions 3 years ago

We're ready! Our patio was renovated this past winter and we are anxious to get it growing again. We were able to save our chives and oregano which are coming back nicely in their original pots. We...

Any ideas on how to save my potted parsley?

by VFish 8 months ago

I'm in Ohio and had brought the potted herbs in for the winter into the garage under the fluorescent light. The parsley did well up until a couple weeks ago then started fading fast. I decided to...

Sonoma Swamp Blues farm closing sale, 12/24-?, Sebastopol (Sonoma County)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

Organic mature blueberry plants and farm equipment for sale starting December 24, 10am to 3pm, on days when it is not raining. 7000 Occidental Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone 707.293.4802

"Food from the Margins: Growing, Cooking, and Being in an Uncertain World", Mar 22, 4pm PDT

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Dr. Gabriel Valle, Associate Professor, CSU San Marcos When Mon, March 22, 4pm – 5pm Where Zoom details will be sent to those who RSVP for each seminar (map) Description All welcome! Weekly ...

Master Gardeners' "Harvest for Neighbors" Project

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

From the University of California Master Gardeners ..."One of our goals for this program is to encourage our neighbors who have gardens, to plant *one extra row* in their gardens, and to harvest th...

Growing Asian Vegetables in Cool Summers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Thursday, March 4 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm "This workshop will cover the basics of cultivating different varieties of Asian vegetables in the cool summers of the Bay Areas coastline. We will explore...

Time for the Tlingit Potato

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Wondering if those in northern climes have grown this potato. Or even tasted one. And if not, this is a fascinating read. “When we eat a Tlingit potato,” he says, “we share a meal with those who...

Asparagus beans

by emeldag 9 months ago

I have a community vegetable garden and last year one of the members introduced me to asparagus/long beans. I would like to plant some this year in my plot but have been unable to find a supplier ...