Growing Vegetables

Saving Pumpkins: How to Store Winter Squash

Saving Pumpkins: How to Store Winter Squash

Here’s to a long (shelf) life Fresh food storage is a tricky business; what’s good for the potato and parsnip gets a pshaw from the pumpkin and pepper. And while I know better, for some odd reason (like expediency, or distraction by something shiny),  I […]

My Favorite Pumpkins on Parade, Warts and All

My Favorite Pumpkins on Parade, Warts and All

Here’s a list and some photos of my favorite pumpkins and winter squash. Give them some room, water and ample composted manure and the vines will reward you with the goods to make soup, pies, gratins, and side dishes all winter long. Galeux d’Eysines pumpkin, […]

Confessions of a Pumpkinhead

Confessions of a Pumpkinhead

Hi, my name is Tom and I’m a bona fide pumpkinhead. Yes, I admit it; I’m a man who loves the genus Cucurbita. Whether pepo, moschato, or maxima, they’re all pumpkins to me. Food for the body, sustenance for the soul, candy for the eye, […]

Snip It: The Best Way to Pick Cherry Tomatoes

Snip It: The Best Way to Pick Cherry Tomatoes

My heart belongs to the big ol’ Daddy tomatoes, the slicers, the small planets that make a BLT (and again, my heart) sing.  Sure  cherry tomatoes deserve some attention, but I treat them less like an entree and more like a snack food, which brings […]

When Silence Was (and Beets Weren’t) Golden

When Silence Was (and Beets Weren’t) Golden

Boz: “Treats? Uh, I don’t think so.” I don’t deny as a kid  I was a little different (I’ll keep adulthood out of this debate), but in my trek to avoid the beaten path I also knew there were situations warranting a walk down the […]

What’s at Stake: Pole Beans Need Your Support

What’s at Stake: Pole Beans Need Your Support

Boz is a big fan of green beans and the pole bean trellis (but for different reasons). Lucky for me, the green beans form  two feet off the ground. My Fortex and Romano green beans have sprouted, and they are looking for my support–something I’ve come to […]

Sugar Snap Peas: More Peas for Your Pod

Sugar Snap Peas: More Peas for Your Pod

The snap pea is an exceptional, easy-to-grow legume. The day I discovered sugar snap peas was the day I broke up with snow and shelling peas. We still see each other; it’s just not the same. Snap peas offer the best of both: the shelling pea’s cozy row of fat […]

How to Make a Tomato Trellis: A Cagey Alternative

How to Make a Tomato Trellis: A Cagey Alternative

Tomatoes need our support.  (You trying maintaining vertical with 10 pounds of green, red orbs hanging off your branches. ) Some people cage them in, others rely on the stake. As for me, I’m a fan of trellising. I create a vertical plane that the […]

Growing Tomatoes: When Plants Are All Legs

Growing Tomatoes: When Plants Are All Legs

Uh oh Boz, I know that look, the scowl of an unhappy bulldog, judging me for taking too long to plant all of my tomato starts. (Gracie on the other hand, believes a nap can solve any of life’s issues.) Smart dogs. Indeed, I waited too long, hoping that one day […]

Makah Ozette Potato: Hash Browns With a History

Makah Ozette Potato: Hash Browns With a History

Plants that taste good have legs (and in some cases wings). If they strike our palate’s fancy, the world becomes their oyster (or serving dish as the case my be). The tomato, the anchor of Italian cooking, calls the Andes home. Peanuts, the perfect topper for Phad Thai, plant […]