Regrow These Vegetables in Your Kitchen

It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, but it's also incentive to do some research about which vegetables can be re-grown on a countertop. It's really quite startling to see just how much can be grown from leftover scraps: all you need is water, and a sunny spot to place the plants, and within a week or two you'll have a fresh batch of edibles to enjoy.

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Pflaumenkuchen (German Plum Cake)

Growing up, we could rely on the exact same foods being served at Christmastime every single year. Although I could have happily done without the baked red cabbage, I always looked forward to this plum cake.

Carrots and Leeks: Ideal Garden (and Soup) Companions

Many garden companion plants also work well together in the kitchen. Here's why carrots and leeks grow (and simmer) well together.

My First Pumpkin: Adventures with Blossom End Rot

I finally have a beautiful, healthy pumpkin in my garden, after months of dealing with blossom end rot.

DIY Beneficial Insect Hotel

Cultivating a relationship with the beneficial insects in your area is a vital aspect of sustainable permaculture, and offering them a habitat nearby will encourage them to stick around.

Treat Garden-Related Bites and Rashes with Jewelweed

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) isn't just great for attracting pollinators: it's invaluable for treating insect bites and skin rashes.

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Compost Tea: How to Brew It and Use It in Your Garden

Some people get high tech and use a fish tank aerator for their compost tea, but I just use my stick to slosh everything around for about an hour until it's properly frothy.

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Light-Dependent Germination

Are you struggling with starting plants from seeds? Many require direct sunlight to shake them awake and tell them to get growing already.