Beginner Gardeners' Guide

  1. 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 – so this month one lucky winner will receive a lacto-fermenting kit to preserve healthy, delicious krauts, kimchis and pickles...
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  2. 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 and other items that can help. But creating the perfect storage environment for a particular crop is only half the...
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  3. 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 – like choosing suitable varieties, preparing...
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  4. 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 in the spring. As with most fall-planted crops, success is mostly a matter of timing. [caption id="attachment_7536" align="alignright" width="200...
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  5. 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 meals all year round.   Drying is the...
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  6. 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 to plant them early enough that they’re nearly mature by the time the day length drops below 10 hours. Here...
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  7. 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 bring the fresh flavors of summer indoors for the winter. And the very best part? By taking the time to...
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  8. 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 crop can perpetuate itself for many years to come (we’ll explain later). For those that had the foresight to plant...
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  9. July GIVEAWAY – A Taste of Food Independence!

    This month we're celebrating food independence--and giving away a great set of things to help you get there. We want YOU to extend the harvest using: our organic Winter Garden Seed Collection our Seed Starting Kit, which includes: a 50-cell tray a flat (no holes) a clear propagation dome to ensure uniform germination, a 6 quart bag of Vermont...
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  10. Keep it Covered: A Guide to Fall Cover Crops

    Planting cover crops is a powerful way to improve your soil. Cover crops perform a host of valuable functions like increasing soil organic matter, fixing nitrogen, breaking up compaction, suppressing weeds and preventing erosion. In this guide we’ll discuss your options for fall cover crops and the...
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