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Food Gardening Magazine • May 2023

Welcome to the May edition of Food Gardening Magazine! This month we're exploring one of the most critical parts of gardening–water. Gardens need sunshine, good soil, and fresh water to thrive, and while they can be quite resilient, thankfully, too much or too little water can render even the perfect sun and soil pointless. Add…  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
When I updated my garden from in-ground to raised beds, one thing became apparent very quickly—that I'd need to come up with a DIY irrigation system, which is something I know most gardeners realize, at some point. The 'ol timed sprinkler is a good trick that I've used for many years, but raised beds are a whole new ballgame and they can dry out more quickly, just like other containers.  READ MORE right arrow
Anytime is a good time for homemade soup. The more veggies the better, and the easier to throw in a pot, even better. Throw it in, and let it go, I say. This recipe is slightly more involved, but I promise it's for good reason! See, ever since I started making my own tomato sauces and pastes, I have come to adore the flavor of grilled and oven-baked tomatoes.  READ MORE right arrow
gardening detail, a green watering can putting water
From the abundance of watering cans in my possession, you'd think I am a watering can collector. But that's not exactly true. I just like to try them. My hunch is that I somehow need a support group for my watering can obsession, or maybe that just comes with trying too hard to find one…  READ MORE right arrow
Even amongst the most beautiful butterfly garden, or a field of vibrantly hued hyacinths during summertime, there's one flower that will always steal my heart—the petite yellow blossom on my tomato plant that will eventually become an exquisitely ripened tomato! It's no secret that I'm slightly obsessed with tomatoes, they're the ruby gems of my…  READ MORE right arrow
This article about the origins of water and rain in the garden, was originally published in our sister publication, GreenPrints Magazine, under the title, “April Showers.” It was written by Becky Rupp. It was published originally in 2016, in GreenPrints Issue No. 105. I thought it was a perfect fit for our “Water A to Z” issue, and…  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

Asparagus: King of the Garden
If you enjoy store-bought asparagus, then you’ll love asparagus that has been freshly harvested directly from your home garden. The crispness, flavor, and color of homegrown asparagus are beyond compare. Very tasty, indeed! And growing and enjoying asparagus is so easy! And not only is asparagus tasty, but a half-cup serving of these long, elegant…  READ MORE right arrow
ways to use extra carrots
Carrots are delicious. This cool-weather root vegetable is easy and fun to grow; plus, with a relatively long shelf life, you can have carrots at hand whenever you want them. And it doesn't take much for your garden to produce so many that you need ways to use extra carrots. Plus, now you have a…  READ MORE right arrow
The humble onion is one of the most popular vegetables in the world. It comes in so many colors and flavors—it’s a cook’s dream and a gardener’s delight! And with so many uses for onions, you should know the best tips for handling onions. Right now, someone is chopping up onions for an omelet. Or…  READ MORE right arrow

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