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Food Gardening Magazine • April 2023

Welcome to the April edition of Food Gardening Magazine! A few days ago, I went on an adventure to the beach. Now, the water is still pretty cold here in New England, so I didn't go swimming. But I did have a chance to walk along the shore for a bit and enjoy the sound…  READ MORE right arrow
Bill Dugan, Editor and Publisher of Food Gardening Network

Food Gardening with Amanda

Edible perennial fruits, herbs, and vegetables are the gift that keeps on giving! Unlike annuals or biennials, which must be planted annually or every other year respectively, perennials will return yearly with only one initial planting. Some of these plants may even survive for decades in your garden—just imagine how convenient it is to have…  READ MORE right arrow
Since you can still get some frost in April, always make sure whatever you’re planting is frost-tolerant, or simply wait until the end of the month. In terms of coming up with a list of things to plant in April, there are many, but the list below includes five specific vegetables and fruits that can more or less only be planted in April because they don’t like the summer heat.  READ MORE right arrow
It seems like a myth that you can just chop the head or behind of a vegetable and it'll just start producing, but it's actually true. And depending on how much space you want to devote to this effort, you could grow a decent bounty of greens for soups and stocks with your veggie scraps. It's not very fast, but it's a lot of fun to do and kids get a kick out of it. Plus, if you're regrowing green onions, you'll have garnish for meals indefinitely.  READ MORE right arrow
When I learned that this month's growables would be rosemary, asparagus and kumquats, I thought to myself: challenge accepted. Instead of picking one to create a scrumptious recipe for, I thought it would be even more fun to use all of them and see what I could come up with.   READ MORE right arrow
One of the greatest joys I experience from having a garden is stepping out my door and picking delicious ingredients for dinner. Investigating the rows of my garden to see which vegetables are ready to harvest and then coming up with creative new dishes has become one of my favorite pastimes. In a past life,…  READ MORE right arrow
This article about homegrown asparagus was originally published in our sister publication, GreenPrints Magazine, under the title, "The Asparagus Dream." It was written by Carla June Ginter and illustrated by Hannah England. It was published originally in the GreenPrints Spring Issue No. 117. I thought it was a perfect fit for our "Perennial Edibles" issue,…  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

best sunflowers to grow
Having a colorful sunflower garden is a great way to bring beauty and life into your outdoor space, and most parts of the plant are edible, not just the seeds! Of course, it all begins with finding the best sunflowers to grow for your particular garden. We know some sunflowers can grow quite tall–up to…  READ MORE right arrow
lettuce with rotten leaves in bad condition
Growing lettuce at home can be a rewarding experience and give you access to delicious greens from spring, through the summer, and even into fall. However, brown edges around the leaves, known as lettuce tip burn, can be an issue if not prevented. Tip burn is a common problem in lettuces, as well as cabbage,…  READ MORE right arrow
why are my pea plants turning yellow
Why are my pea plants turning yellow? Is it something I need to worry about? Are my plants done for? The concern is understandable. After all, yellowing plant leaves could be from something as simple as not enough water, or it could be the dreaded root rot! Even with the challenges, gardening can be an…  READ MORE right arrow

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