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.

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Time for the Tlingit Potato

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 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 11 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 ...

New to Chowhound

by OrganicCavalry 12 months ago

I live in Southern California, a gardening paradise. I try to eat out of my garden daily. I do all the gardening and the cooking for the wife and my dog Chief and myself. I look forward to swapping...

Seed sales at all time high

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

This news report is from North Carolina, but I'm hearing the same in California. Demand for seed has increased, prices are climbing and there will be shortages in the spring. So plan ahead and b...

12/9 Thumbing through Seed Catalogs with Orin Martin, UC Santa Cruz (zoom)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

"Fancy a fireside chat with Orin about which seed catalogs he likes to peruse and what he considers when ordering seeds? This Zoom presentation will more likely be from his kitchen table where ...

Pumpkin Growing Tips

by Proud4life 1 year ago

Over the fall I’ve been working on cleaning up a school garden. We discovered a VERY LARGE garden plot across the street that actually belongs to us. While I was carving pumpkins, I decided to save...

Tales of Marin's Community Gardens

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"There are a myriad of people and places growing healthy food in our community. These include school gardens, neighborhood community gardens, and institutional gardens that enhance food security, p...

Dumb pesto question

by bxgirl 1 year ago

I just bought a large, potted basil plant. The pot is sitting on my deck, and will not be put in the ground. I want to make pesto, so do I just pull off leaves from the plant, or do I actually c...

Kaffir lime tree

by winniemakinnie 1 year ago

http://www.floraexotica.ca/Fruit-Citrus.htm I live in Niagara just past hamilton and this is where I ordered my Kaffir lime tree. Perry is great for getting your plant to you. I just did an etrans...

Protecting Pollinators: Nurturing Sustainable Communities with Pollinator Gardens Webinar

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Thu, Jul 30, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM PDT Without pollinators, like bees and butterflies, the world would be a dull and bland place. How can we make sure these creatures are always fluttering, s...

Santa Barbara - a home grown tomato success story

by glbtrtr 1 year ago

We like to try new tomato types and see which ones produce best in our climate in Santa Barbara - found a new winner on all counts - size, flavor, early ripening, few seeds, dense full interior tex...

Wanna bee a Beekeeper? A Virtual introduction to hobbyist Beekeeping

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Sun, July 26, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT The Basics of Beekeeping! In this class taught by Jan Spieth of the Mt. Diable Beekeeping Association, you will learn essential honeybee biology in...

Zucchini Flowers

by MoPet 1 year ago

I want to make stuffed zucchini flowers but my plants are not producing very large blossoms. I’m aware female blossoms should be left to mature into zucchini, and that some male blossoms should be ...

Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . We’re at a moment in time where it’s become so obvious we really need to work together. If the pandemic has made anything clear, it’s how truly interdependent we are, how we need to join to...

My Garden 2020

by JMF 1 year ago

I moved recently from lower Westchester County NY to the Southern Catskill Mountains NY. I have been container gardening, very successfully the past ten years. Growing 20-35 plants most years. Bu...

AeroGardening tips? Let's share them here

by LulusMom 1 year ago

I've recently started an aerogarden with herbs, and am excited. Especially in these Covid, social-distancing times, being able to have fresh herbs at my fingertips seems like a great idea. All the ...

North Pond seedling giveaway, Sat 6/6 at noon (Chicago)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

"We would like to invite you to the North Pond Seedling Distribution this Saturday, June 6th at noon in front of the restaurant. We will be providing seedlings to anyone who would like to add s...

My bay leaf tree is turning brown. What should I do?

Dave MP
by Dave MP 9 years ago

Some of the leaves on my bay leaf tree are turning brown, and I'm not sure what the best plan of action should be. It's potted, and lives on my porch in San Francisco year round. The rainy season j...

Seed Saving Is Crucial

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . The hope is that as more seeds go open-source it will help lead to a boom in the biodiversity of seeds again and leave future generations with more varieties of plants and food to enjoy (an...

Save a Seed by Carli Piccirillo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

From Food for Thought Ojai: " . . . Piccirillo’s passion for seeds resulted in a beautiful book she authored for elementary-school students explaining the how and why of seed saving, accompanied b...