Add a Cold Frame to Extend the Season

While northern gardeners often use cold frames to give seedlings a jump start in spring, adding a cold frame to your garden can be helpful in fall, too. Positioned to catch the sun and keep vegetables warm, these beds can add weeks to your harvest season for greens, root crops and more.   Cold frames…

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Tips for Growing Garlic (and a Recipe)

This article first appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Northern Gardener.  Plant garlic this fall and thank yourself later as you enjoy fresh pesto, quiches and other garlic-filled dishes next summer.  Growing garlic is easy and fun. Plant the garlic cloves outside in October so roots can develop before the ground freezes, and then…

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Vegetables to Plant for a Fall Harvest

While northern gardeners typically think of March, April and May as the time for planting, July and August are also a great times to plant vegetables for a fall harvest. Many vegetables grow quickly enough that you can replant them for a succession planting or replace them with some quick growing plants. What can you…

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Grow Lettuce Longer: Tips for Extending the Season

Salads are a favorite meal in our home, which made growing lettuce a priority when space was carved out for a vegetable garden. It quickly became a favorite vegetable to grow, too. Homegrown lettuce, harvested and eaten straight away, is much more flavorful than greens from the grocery store. It is also a quick crop,…

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Plant Profile: The Humble Radish

It’s springtime and that means it’s time to talk about one of the best (and sometimes overlooked) vegetables: the radish. As gardeners, we praise the merits of peas and pole beans and carrots and lettuce yet fail to truly appreciate the wonder of the humble radish. Radishes are found in a delightful array of colors…

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How to Grow Horseradish

I love to eat prepared horseradish—I’ve put scoops of it on everything from roast beef to bratwurst, and it gives a nice oomph to my deviled eggs. After reading that the plant also repels potato bugs, I decided to grow horseradish at my community garden plot, which had been plagued by bugs. I’d also read…

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Squash Vine Borers: What to Know

For vegetable gardeners, the first sign of an infestation of squash vine borers may be that their plants seem to be wilting. They may find holes in the plants, filled with a squishy orange substance. They may even find the distinctive white caterpillar that is causing all the damage. Squash vine borers are the larvae…

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Spotlight on Kohlrabi

Why don’t more people grow kohlrabi? I mean, what’s not to like? It’s easy to grow, it’s tasty in a multitude of recipes, it comes in beautiful colors, and it’s one of the most unusual-looking vegetables you’ll ever find. And kohlrabi isn’t in your garden because … ? Here’s the deal on kohlrabi. As a…

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Savoring Summer Squash

It’s a splendid summer day. The sky is a brilliant blue and the sun shines with warmth in its golden glow. A few wispy clouds blow by, pushed by a gentle breeze. You’re out in the garden, surrounded by the bounty of midsummer. Plants are growing and producing weekly (sometimes daily!) harvests, and you’re busily…

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Plant Profile: Sweet Potato

It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving meal without sweet potatoes. In my mind, they’re more important than the turkey. Let’s take a closer look at this versatile and vitamin-packed vegetable. Maybe you’re thinking what I used to think: Sweet potatoes? I can’t grow those here! And while it’s true that sweet potato plants love heat…

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