A Scape Education

Garlic didn’t get much attention in our house when I was growing up. When I moved to Seattle after college, I learned the word allium, the family of onions and garlic....

Grow Up!

Grow your cucumbers and squash up an A-frame trellis, send peas up a temporary wall, try beans on a tunnel or a teepee, and, of course, corral your tomatoes in sturdy cages. Think intensively grown veggies on apartment-building decks and rooftops....

Tomato Starts and Traditions

Tomatoes and her no-nonsense grandmother inspire Denise Sakaki to venture into gardening, determined not to kill the reason for getting her hands dirty....

Seeding is Believing

I am restless behind my windows, and the garden beckons. But January always offers up slate-gray mornings and frosty nights, and though the winter solstice is behind us, I feel boxed in by these short days. As I gaze out at my streetlight-lit garden in the endless eventide, I decide that the only antidote is an armchair getaway. In a time like this, gardening catalogically has to suffice....

Prepare Your Garden Beds Now For Winter

In late autumn, my gardening thoughts turn not to the seed, but to the ground. The philosopher, poet, and — perhaps most importantly — farmer Wendell Berry often refers to the soil, from which all life springs and returns....

What a Great Place to Put Jerusalem Artichokes

I am riding shotgun in a rusty farm truck bumping along an uneven dirt road late one fall day. John Eveland is driving, and I’m interviewing him about his farm when the phone rings. It’s an order for 200 pounds of Jerusalem artichokes, that strange relative of the common garden sunflower that produces edible, starchy underground tubers. The buyers want to pick the sunchokes up the next morning, and there is not much daylight left....

Garden to Table

Tending a garden is a constant education. There’s a real connection that happens when you care for your plants — that love you give your garden rewards you with beautiful ingredients for your kitchen....

A Plunge into Pungent Alliums

As pumpkins appear on porches, carved into grins, think about warding off vampires – but not by hanging a necklace of garlic across your shoulders. It would be better to spike some cloves into the ground....