Edible Gardening

5 Top Tomatoes

5 Top Tomatoes

We love trying out new tomato varieties, but we also have our favorites, tomatoes we grow year after year. Here are a few of our top tomatoes for 2016 and beyond. Comment to let us know your favorites!

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!

Book Review: Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington

Book Review: Apartment Gardening by Amy Pennington

Our annual veggie collection has arrived, and every year we receive more questions on porch and patio gardening: “I’d like to eat healthier by growing more fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs on my apartment balcony or windowsill, where do I start?” With so many varieties of plants and so little space, getting a successful start to container gardening can be daunting, but local landscaping and edible gardens consultant Amy Pennington has written Apartment Gardening to get you growing.  

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.

Preserving The Harvest With Rolf Hokansson

Preserving The Harvest With Rolf Hokansson

What a glorious and beautiful time of year. The leaves are turning vibrant colors and this year the tomatoes were still ripening well into October! Besides the traditional autumnal activities like decorating with corn stalks and gourds, carving pumpkins and exploring hay mazes, with the shorter days comes a gentle slowing down of the garden and time to think about how to handle the abundance of produce that this long, hot summer has provided.

The UW Farm: Bringing People Together Around Food & Farming

The UW Farm: Bringing People Together Around Food & Farming

The main site of the UW Farm is tucked away behind the Center for Urban Horticulture, an agrarian oasis in the midst of Husky stadium, U Village and the bustling UW campus. If you walk through, you will find rows and rows of carefully planted vegetables, a growing permaculture section and a student-designed shed and composting area. 

Why We Garden Reason # 86: To Carve Our Names into the Fabric of the Universe

Why We Garden Reason # 86: To Carve Our Names into the Fabric of the Universe

There are countless reasons to garden, but one of the most compelling is to leave our mark on the world. Anyone who has ever carved their name into the top of a school desk or wielded a Sharpie against the wall of a bathroom stall knows the thrill of leaving your stamp in reality. There is something deliciously hubristic about it, some fundamental affirmation of the immortality of the soul. It's like spitting in Death's eye - even if you were eventually busted by your teacher because you carved your last name, too.

An Interview with Amy Pennington

An Interview with Amy Pennington

After winding down NW Blue Ridge Drive for what seems like forever, I pull up in front of my assigned meeting place with Amy Pennington, cook, writer, blogger, TV personality and edible gardener extraordinaire. I follow the sounds of laughter-filled chatter up the stairs and into the back garden, where I am met with a spectacular view: beautiful ornamental landscaping blending harmoniously with an edible garden of raised beds at the height of the property, with sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympics. It is a tapestry of blues and greys on this overcast morning.