vegetable gardening

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. 

8 Favorite Tomatoes for 2018

8 Favorite Tomatoes for 2018

It seems like everyone at Swansons has a list of favorite tomato varieties, updated each year with new finds. These are the tomatoes that can handle a cold summer and still produce tons of fruit, the tomatoes that are so sweet our kids eat them like candy or are so unique they elicit gasps of awe from our neighbors. They are by no means the only tomatoes we recommend, just a few of our very favorites. Read on for our 8 favorites for 2018.

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!

Flowers to Enhance Your Vegetable Garden

Flowers to Enhance Your Vegetable Garden

Flowers add both beauty and functionality to your garden. They provide interesting colors, scents, and textures to the landscape and allow you to create beautiful homegrown bouquets all summer long.But flower power doesn’t stop there! Flowering plants attract pollinators and beneficial insects that help your fruits and vegetables develop robust harvests, and they increase the ecological biodiversity of your neighborhood.

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. 

Planning & Planting the Autumn Garden

Planning & Planting the Autumn Garden

I’ll let you in on a little gardener’s secret: late summer through early autumn is the perfect time for many kinds of garden projects, including incorporating edibles into the landscape. We are so lucky in the Pacific Northwest to be able to grow veggies nearly year-round. There are a wide variety of cool-season veggies for autumn and early-spring harvest and now is the best time to plant perennial edibles like berries as well.