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Growing Good Food at Home

Food Gardening Magazine • May 2024

Marvelous May! I know it's only mid-Spring, but my garden couldn't be happier right now. My perennials are all coming back strong, and this might be the busiest bee season I've had in a while – they're all over the lavender! The oregano is doing so well that I already had to trim it back to keep it from overtaking the sage. If this keeps up, this could be one of my best gardening years ever.  READ MORE right arrow
Christy Page, Editor and Publisher of Food Gardening Network

Food Gardening with Amanda

I think of most things I grow as comfort food, there's just something so satisfying about going out into the garden and transforming it into a meal. One of my favorite garden go-to's is salad in the late summer, with juicy tomatoes, crisp peppers and lettuce, and fragrant basil. But I'm not sure that spells…  READ MORE right arrow
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
Are you familiar with using grow bags for vegetables, fruits, or flowers? Grow bags are plastic or fabric-based "bags" made of felt or non-woven fabric, or polypropylene (similar to weed barriers) with flat bottoms and usually reinforced handles built-in. You simply fill them with the same type of soil and amendments you would for a…  READ MORE right arrow
Barbecue Food Garden Planning Kit
As we welcome the warmer months, what better way to embrace the essence of summer than by cultivating your very own barbecue garden from our Barbecue Food Garden Planning Kit  Picture yourself stepping outside your door to pluck ripe tomatoes and crisp lettuce, ready to elevate your burgers to gourmet heights. But why stop there?…  READ MORE right arrow
Young woman harvesting
In moments of stress or uncertainty, a magical remedy transcends time and space: comfort food. And what better way to indulge in its soothing embrace than by tending to your very own garden? Gardening isn't just a hobby; it's a journey of self-discovery, a therapeutic escape, and a source of pure joy. And when it…  READ MORE right arrow
Power to the peasants! This month at FGN, we are diving deep into home-grown comfort food, and I love this piece about gardeners' humble beginnings. Many years ago, we'd have been considered peasants, working away in the gardens--but at least now we're doing it for ourselves! This article was originally published in our sister publication,…  READ MORE right arrow

Gardening Guide Close-Ups

Asparagus: King of the Garden
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
Summer squash grows quickly and easily. Some, like zucchini, are known as prolific producers. And they add some beautiful color to your garden with their vivid yellow-orange flowers and bright skins. They’re also prone to diseases and susceptible to pests, which is why some summer squash companion plants make good additions to any garden.  Companion…  READ MORE right arrow

Featured Recipes

Cinna-Vanilla Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Here’s a yummy breakfast bowl with an infusion of cinnamon that also supplies plenty of protein and fiber. Customize the basic bowl ingredients with any or all of the suggested toppings—or choose your own. A delicious, nutritious way to start the day! Have you tried this recipe? It’s a great way to start…  READ MORE right arrow
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
I love Bruschetta of all types. For example, our Balsamic Bruschetta is beloved for its crispy, crunchy bread.... juicy, delicious tomatoes, and tart, tangy balsamic vinegar. All are delicious by themselves but when combined, the flavors…  READ MORE right arrow
Roasted Beet, Peach, and Goat Cheese Salad
If you need something to brighten up your day, and you’ve got some time to spare, then why not try making this Roasted Beet, Peach, and Goat Cheese Salad? Not only will you get a vibrant and healthy dish, but you’ll be able to enjoy varying levels of sweetness — that’s hard to resist! Beets…  READ MORE right arrow
Grilled watermelon and pineapple skewers
When it comes to grilling, most people think about meats like chicken, beef, pork, and fish. But I think of Grilled Watermelon and Pineapple Skewers. Believe it or not, grilling began as far back as 400,000 years ago, at the time fire was domesticated by our primitive ancestors. However, it wasn’t until around the 1940s…  READ MORE right arrow

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