growing vegetables

Growing Warm-Season Vegetables in the Pacific Northwest

Growing Warm-Season Vegetables in the Pacific Northwest

Most warm-season vegetables - heat-lovers like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, and beans - can be grown here in the Pacific Northwest.…. If you can give them the right conditions. But with our cool, wet springs and short summers, sometimes it can seem like an uphill battle. Luckily, there are ways to ensure success for the PNW gardener, from season-extending tools to growing tips for happy plants and great harvests. 

How To Grow Peas

How To Grow Peas

Peas are always one of the first vegetables I plant in the spring. As soon as there's a sunny day in late February or March, I bundle up and head out to the garden to sow snap and shelling peas along trellises in my raised beds.

How to Plant a Tomato

How to Plant a Tomato

Tomato season is upon us and after deciding which tomatoes to grow, they need to be planted! For this project, we chose a Brandywine heirloom tomato to plant into a container, but the steps also work for planting tomatoes into a garden bed.

Setting Up Your Edible Container Garden: Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Small Spaces

Setting Up Your Edible Container Garden: Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Small Spaces

Digging Deeper welcomes author, cook, and gardener, Amy Pennington, as a guest blogger. Amy will be sharing the basics of growing food in containers for anyone looking to supply their kitchens with some garden goodness! 

Plan & Prep Your Edible Garden

Plan & Prep Your Edible Garden

We're excited to have Hilary Dahl, co-owner of the Seattle Urban Farm Co., and creator and Host of the Encyclopedia Botanica Podcast, as a guest blogger. In this post, she's offering great advice on planning and prepping your edible garden. Whether you are brand new to edible gardening or a seasoned pro, you'll find great tips to make this year your best vegetable harvest ever!

Fall in Rolf's P-Patch Garden

Fall in Rolf's P-Patch Garden

I love the transitions to a new season and this year has been another exceptional year for the vegetable garden. Now that the last picking of pole beans has happened, the garlic is drying in a dark location along with the lavender, thyme and sage and the indeterminate tomatoes continue to flourish, it is an appropriate time to reflect what went right and how do I want to proceed with fall maintenance and planting for an extended crop. 

7 Awesome Tomato Varieties Everyone Should Grow (At Least Once)

7 Awesome Tomato Varieties Everyone Should Grow (At Least Once)

It’s the height of tomato-planting season and Swansons is stocked to capacity with tons of tomatoes of all shapes, colors, and sizes. With so many choices, it can be difficult to settle on just one or two (or seven or eight) varieties to grow.  Here are seven of our favorites that we think everyone should grow – at least once!

Choosing The Best Spot For Your Edible Garden

Choosing The Best Spot For Your Edible Garden

Interested in building a new vegetable garden this year or expanding your existing one?  Now is a great time to start planning. The first thing you need to decide is where the garden is going to located. Thinking through the entire process and taking the time to make a plan in advance will prevent you from making mistakes that could affect the productivity and beauty of your garden.