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Growing Good Food at Home

Food Gardening Magazine • May 2022

Did you know that in the ancient Celtic calendar, May 1 is the beginning of summer? It’s easy to understand why. Around the Food Gardening Network headquarters, trees are blooming, daffodils are brightening up homes all over the neighborhood, and the mornings are filled with the songs of Blue Jays, Robins, Chickadees, Sparrows, and Wrens. …  READ MORE right arrow

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
In the spring, I love hearing the birds that have just reappeared from their winter break and watching the buds grow on the trees, but I also take note when I see these warning signs that it's time to cover my raised beds. That's because if I don't, those buds on my maple tree are…  READ MORE right arrow
The success of our gardens is owed in huge part to the pollinators and predator bugs that inhabit the area. Some estimates say that one in every three bites of food we eat needs pollination by bees, butterflies, birds, bats, beetles, and other insects. One of the ways gardeners like to encourage pollinators to spend…  READ MORE right arrow
As a kid, I lapped up bowls of fruit ambrosia at our family gatherings. You know the stuff - canned mixed fruit with fluorescent cherries, in a fluffy batter of marshmallow, whipped cream, and sour cream - what a delight! As a verified grown-up (or at least that's what my daughter tells me), I think…  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

Did you know that cucumbers are the second-most popular vegetable in home gardens? Bite into one, and it's easy to understand why. We aren't the only ones who love cucumbers, though. This cool veggie is beloved by numerous pests, as well. That's why cucumber companion plants are so helpful in the garden.  Think about it.…  READ MORE right arrow
If you've ever thought about making your own wine, grape jelly, or just having fresh, sun-warmed grapes to enjoy straight from the vine, you've probably thought about how to grow seedless grapes. It's a bit of a conundrum, really. How do you grow fruit without seeds? Or maybe it's more accurate to ask how fruits…  READ MORE right arrow
Soothing, relaxing, heavenly, and energizing. These are just some of the words that describe the fragrant lavender plant. This drought-tolerant herb is delightful in the kitchen, from a lavender lemonade to lavender flan to cookies and cakes. There's one thing we all want to know, however. Is lavender an annual or perennial? It's a question…  READ MORE right arrow

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