Container herb gardening has us hooked for many reasons. Growing herbs in containers is great if you’re short on space, have poor soil conditions, or just want to keep your herbs close to the kitchen!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.