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Growing Good Food at Home

Food Gardening Magazine • May 2021

When I was a kid in school, we were assigned to read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The May-Pole of Merry Mount”—a narrative that takes place in 1600s Colonial Massachusetts at Mount Wollaston in Quincy, the neighboring city to where I grew up in Weymouth.  READ MORE right arrow
Bill Dugan, Editor and Publisher of Food Gardening Network

Food Gardening with Amanda

Every month we love to share the best fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can plant, but since May is such a big month for planting, it would have been a shorter list of what NOT to plant in May. In most four-season planting zones, May is the most appreciated time to start on your garden; The ground is thawed, and the risk of frost is virtually gone.   READ MORE right arrow
I'll tell you a secret: The only way you're going to learn how to plant a bare root apple tree is by ... planting a bare root apple tree. Because until you have the fragile bare roots in your hand and have dug the hole in your unique soil, you're probably going to imagine that planting your tree will be similar to planting a two-gallon bucket apple tree, and it's quite different.   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

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

When you think of asparagus, you probably visualize a bunch of  green stalks ready for grilling, or tossing with olive oil and lemon on a baking sheet. And it's true, green asparagus is the most popular type of asparagus, at least in the U.S., but is it the best type of asparagus to grow at home?  READ MORE right arrow
Growing rosemary from seed is, let's face it, a huge pain. The germination rate of rosemary seed is only 15 to 50%, so you’ll have to plant way more than you want to get a good crop. Plus, seeds can take as much as two to three weeks to germinate, and the seedlings will be slow to grow. Because of the long germination period and low germination rate of seeds, your best bet might be to start growing rosemary from cuttings of established plants.  READ MORE right arrow
If you love kumquats, or just love the idea of having a little kumquat tree in your sunroom, you might wonder if it's possible to grow a kumquat tree indoors. After all, if you can grow oranges and lemons indoors in zone four, why not kumquats? And the answer is yes—with some modifications.  READ MORE right arrow

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