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Growing Good Food at Home

Food Gardening Magazine • February 2022

For some gardeners, fall isn’t the end of the growing season, it’s also a new beginning. Take our Senior Editor Amanda for example. Just after she’s done pulling up plants and covering her raised beds in mulch, she’s getting ready to fire up her collection of hydroponic gardens. And it's quite the collection, as you'll soon find out. She could hardly wait to get started on this month's issue dedicated to hydroponic gardening.  READ MORE right arrow

Food Gardening with Amanda

Now that it’s February, we’re only a hop skip and a jump until the tulips start springing up where I live in the Northeast, the fragrant sign that winter is finally over. But by the time they’re in bloom, most of the gardening supply stores, including the farmers co-op down the street from me, are sold out of the most essential gardening tools, or at least any specific ones that I want.  READ MORE right arrow
Nothing gets me more excited than being able to grow veggies and herbs in the winter while there's snow on the ground outside. And you can do the same if you get into hydroponics, the art of growing food without soil. There are many variations of it, including soil-free growing mediums and systems, which makes it even more fun.  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
This month we are enveloping ourselves in citrus and hydroponics, and I thought, what better way to marry the two than with an orange vinaigrette over some freshly trimmed microgreens? I certainly have plenty to spare and there's nothing easier to grow than microgreens, which makes this recipe a fun lunch and gardening project in one!  READ MORE right arrow

Collection Close-Ups

Oranges
Citrus trees, such as lemon, lime, and orange trees, have a special place in the imagination. With taglines like, "100% Fresh-squeezed sunshine," you can't ignore the cultural attraction to those bright, refreshing fruits. But you don't have to trek to the juice aisle of the grocery store or the booth at your favorite grove to enjoy "fresh-squeezed sunshine." You can learn how to grow an orange tree almost anywhere.  READ MORE right arrow
Tomato Collection graphic
That's not entirely true. There are several ways to determine which tomatoes are the sweetest tomatoes to plant. Taste tests just happen to be my favorite, for probably obvious reasons. But you can also ask around, read blogs and articles like this one, or explore something called the Brix rating, which I'll get to shortly.  READ MORE right arrow
Walk into the kitchen at pretty much any restaurant and you'll find basil. It's prominent in many cuisines from Italian to Indian to Thai to Vietnamese to Mediterranean. You can find it in salads, atop sandwiches, or even basil ice cream. With so much popularity, it should come as little surprise that there are different types of basil.  READ MORE right arrow

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