Galvanized troughs add a touch of whimsy and personality to this veggie garden. They're also too tall for rabbits and have a gopher-thwarting bottom. Nearby, colorful flowering plants draw pollinators to increase garden productivity.
An African keyhole garden is basically a raised bed with a wire cylinder standing upright in the center. Most of these gardens have an opening that lets you walk into the bed and easily add materials to the cylinder. Flowers or veggies are planted in the bed, and as the materials decompose, rain or water from your hose carries nutrients and good organisms from them into the surrounding soil.
Vegetables that bear heavily, such as tomatoes, corn, peppers, squash, broccoli and watermelon, are heavy feeders. Most grow well with a 5-10-10 fertilizer mixed into the soil at spring planting. Once the weather becomes warmer, these veggies can benefit from a second application, or side dressing. Follow label directions on the product you're using.
Wonderful lemon aromas arise from the glossy leaves of this pretty thyme. It grows well in small pots and is a great choice for an apartment garden. Use the leaves or whole stems to flavor fish, veggies, salads or beverages.
Designer Jamie Durie created this outdoor dining room for a California couple who were eager to combine two passions: gardening and entertaining. A pergola provides shade and gives this outdoor space a secluded feel while a wall covered in edible-plant-filled pouches puts fresh veggies within easy reach.
Whether you grow traditional orange carrots, or raise a rainbow of purple, red, white and red varieties, these crunchy, colorful veggies are fun to raise and good for you. Carrots need deep, loose soil, and when they aren’t happy in the garden, their roots become stunted, twisted or forked.
Set your sights on the perfect pita for your palate. Will it be the Mediterranean-Inspired Pita, The Pesto Garden Crunch or the Mexican-Inspired Pita? Each veggie variation boasts a different host of flavors, but they all start with a whole-wheat pita. To get started, slice the pita in half, and lightly toast the half you’d like to use. Save the other half for lunch tomorrow.
Garden or shelling peas are super easy to grow and bring a lot of nutrition to the dinner table. Peas contain nearly every vitamin and mineral you need and are a low glycemic index veggie, helping to stabilize blood glucose. Packed with fiber, they also make you feel full longer. The trickiest part of growing garden peas is knowing when to harvest. Pods should be full and firm to the touch, which is a clue the peas are fully formed. If the pod is soft and the sides press in easily, the peas haven’t yet filled out. This variety is ‘Feisty,’ which is a tendril or afila type of pea. The vines produce more tendrils than leaves. With fewer leaves, pods are easy to spot and pick. The tendrils are edible and make a beautiful garnish or salad green.
Brown marmorated stink bug has been in the United States 20 years, and in that time it’s spread throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Upper Midwest and along the West Coast. Stink bugs attack many home garden crops, including beans, corn, tomatoes peppers, apples and raspberries. Their feeding wounds fruits and veggies, resulting in corky spots that are inedible. Stink bugs spend winter inside, invading home voids and attics. With their stinky personalities, these bugs stir up drama indoors when they emerge from hiding in hordes, usually in winter. In the garden, knock stink bugs into soapy water to kill them. Indoors, the same method works, or you can try vacuuming up the stinkers (which might make your vac stink). Another indoor option is using a dry-mop cleaning tool (think Swiffer-type) that you cover with duct tape, sticky side out. That device gives you reach to grab stink bugs climbing curtains, walls and ceilings.