Category Archives: Beginner Gardeners’ Guide

Plentiful Potatoes: Selecting the Right Varieties for Your Needs

Potatoes are versatile for a wide variety of culinary uses, make a great storage crop and are generally simple to grow. That being said, you’ll have by far the best success when you think carefully about your needs and select varieties … Continue reading

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Sweet Success: How to Choose [and Grow] Tomatoes & Peppers

Choose your own adventure! No matter where you grow, it’s important to select tomato and pepper varieties that are well-adapted to your region and conditions. If you grow in Alaska, you’ll need to choose short season varieties that will mature … Continue reading

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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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Lacto-Ferment the Harvest Kit GIVEAWAY!

When the weather turns cooler and the farm and garden chores begin to ease up here in northern VT, our thoughts turn to stashing the harvest for winter meals. We want you to eat local year-round, too, wherever you live … Continue reading

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The Cure All: A Guide to Curing Vegetables for Winter Storage

As gardening grows in popularity, people are figuring out all sorts of clever ways to get their homegrown vegetables to keep through the winter. Now that root cellars have become a rarity, many companies offer a range of storage tools … Continue reading

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Growing Great Garlic: Selection, Site Preparation & Planting

Garlic is a wonderfully easy and rewarding crop to grow. It’s incredibly versatile in the kitchen, has great health properties and can propagate itself for years to come. There are, however, a few tricks that will help ensure success – … Continue reading

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Time to Plant Fall Onions for Overwintering!

It’s a little-known fact that many seasoned gardeners aren’t aware of: you can grow onions (and shallots) in the winter. These super-hardy plants can survive incredibly cold temperatures with a little protection, and provide quality bulbs even after they bolt … 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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