Author Archives: Sophia Bielenberg

Windowsill Salad: 5 Greens You Can Grow Anywhere

For years I bemoaned the arrival of winter, as much for the shortage of local vegetables as for the long months of cold and darkness we have here in Northern Vermont. But two years ago I had an epiphany that … Continue reading

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Getting Started: Growing Onions & Leeks from Seed

There are a lot of advantages to growing onion & leek plants from seed – you have more varieties to choose from, it’s more economical than buying sets (especially if you already have a seed starting setup), and the onions … Continue reading

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5 Environments for Storing Vegetables Until Spring

It was not long ago that the preservation of homegrown foods for year round use was a practical necessity. As a result, root cellars and large, unheated pantries were common features of the home. While most farms will have established … Continue reading

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How to Preserve Fresh Herbs, 5 Ways

Fresh and dried herbs are usually expensive to buy, especially in winter when both supply and quality tend to be low. Fortunately herbs are easy to grow in quantity, and are equally easy to preserve for aromatic additions to your … Continue reading

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Green Machines: 5 Super-Hardy Greens for Winter Meals

With just a little protection from the elements, you can keep harvesting fresh greens well into fall and winter. The trick is to choose frost-hardy crops that continue growing during the transition to colder weather and lower light levels, and … Continue reading

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5 Easy Ways to Preserve the Harvest

Preserving summer’s bounty for cool-season meals doesn’t have to mean standing over a hot stove or a huge investment in canning jars. Fortunately for those of us with little time to spare, there are lots of quick, easy ways to … Continue reading

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How to Harvest & Cure Garlic (Plus Save Some for Seed!)

Most of us eat garlic on a regular basis, but few realize how easy it is to grow this crucial ingredient of world cuisine. While growing garlic requires patience and some planning, the results are well worth the effort—and the … Continue reading

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Top 5 Succession-Planted Crops for Extending the Harvest

When direct-seeding in the spring, it’s easy for your “eyes to get bigger than your stomach”. It takes only a few minutes to seed a row of cilantro 50 feet long, or pour all your arugula seed into one furrow. … Continue reading

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Grow Year-Round: What to Plant for Fall & Winter Harvest, by Region

There’s no denying it: people across the country are jazzed about growing their own. But food self-sufficiency doesn’t have to be limited to the summer months, and taking advantage of the possibilities in fall, winter and spring can save a … Continue reading

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5 Simple Tricks for Preventing Pests & Disease

1) Mulch. We’ve said it before; we’ll say it again: mulch everything you can. Whether you opt for black plastic, paper mulch, fabric, straw, leaves or newspaper, mulching well can prevent a lot of problems in the garden. To expound … Continue reading

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