A Cook's Garden by Barbara Damrosch: Latest Column and Archive

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Why compost is the lifeblood of the garden
Turn spent vegetation into black gold.
To stay productive in the winter, gardeners need to gear up
(The Washington Post, November 24, 2016; 7:00 AM)
You’ve still got time to pick the winter apple supply and dry some herbs
(The Washington Post, November 17, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Pasta with vegetables: A dish that’s nutritious and delicious no matter the season
(The Washington Post, November 10, 2016; 7:00 AM)
If your homemade jelly just isn’t jelling, apples might be the answer
(The Washington Post, November 3, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Precautions against an early freeze keep the garden alive
(The Washington Post, October 27, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Your trees could be getting birds tipsy
(The Washington Post, October 20, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Harvest time? There’s one last step.
(The Washington Post, October 13, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Why does blue food turn some people green? Probably because it’s so rare.
(The Washington Post, October 6, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Salad days: Introducing young palates to the garden, one pickable crop at a time
(The Washington Post, September 29, 2016; 7:00 AM)
For cooks, flowers aren’t just a tabletop decoration — they’re an ingredient
(The Washington Post, September 22, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Hairy vetch might sound unpleasant, but it will change the way you grow tomatoes
(The Washington Post, September 15, 2016; 7:00 AM)
The late-season bounty of salad greens
(The Washington Post, September 8, 2016; 7:00 AM)
It’s late summer, and for vegetable gardeners, that means one thing: Minestrone
(The Washington Post, September 1, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Save space in your garden by knowing which plants make good neighbors
(The Washington Post, August 25, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Kindred sprouts: How collards and kale are surprisingly similar
(The Washington Post, August 18, 2016; 5:00 PM)
Regret the error? Not if you’re a gardener.
(The Washington Post, August 11, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Growing sweet corn? Here’s how to keep your stalks from toppling.
(The Washington Post, August 4, 2016; 7:00 AM)
The advantages of using wooden pathways in your garden
(The Washington Post, July 28, 2016; 7:00 AM)
When cucumbers are copious, your options for eating them are, too
(The Washington Post, July 21, 2016; 7:00 AM)
For a gardener, wildlife can make life a little livelier
(The Washington Post, July 14, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Knowing what types of weeds grow in your garden can help you improve it
(The Washington Post, July 7, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Add a gorgeous burst of color to dinner with edible squash blossoms
(The Washington Post, June 30, 2016; 7:00 AM)
If you peel your fruits and vegetables, you’re losing a lot of nutrition
(The Washington Post, June 23, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Do you have rocks in your bed?
(The Washington Post, June 16, 2016; 7:00 AM)
How we control a pest in our garden without the use of pesticidesControlling a garden pest organically
(The Washington Post, June 9, 2016; 8:00 AM)
A mini-garden makes the perfect gift for a friend — or yourself
(The Washington Post, June 2, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Green thumbs, take note: Brussels sprouts come in purple, tooPurple Brussels sprouts add some excitement to the garden, but don’t jump the gun
(The Washington Post, May 26, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Why I don’t need Roundup in my garden
(The Washington Post, May 19, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Brassicas: Broccoli’s big, flowering family of nutritious greens
(The Washington Post, May 12, 2016; 8:00 AM)
When it comes to squash, tiny is trendy, but bigger varieties have advantages, too
(The Washington Post, May 5, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Make the most of the soggy side of the garden
(The Washington Post, April 28, 2016; 8:00 AM)
The hungry gap: For gardeners, spring is more about sowing than reaping
(The Washington Post, April 21, 2016; 8:00 AM)
How gardeners can prepare for the hot season ahead
(The Washington Post, April 14, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Why does lettuce get all the love? Chicories are good, too.
(The Washington Post, April 5, 2016; 7:00 AM)
Beets are trendy again, for a reason
(The Washington Post, March 31, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Why you should prepare a seafood dinner for your soil
(The Washington Post, March 24, 2016; 8:00 AM)
When growing transplants for the garden, don’t crowd the roots
(The Washington Post, March 17, 2016; 8:00 AM)
With the growing season come treasures for an Asian treat
(The Washington Post, March 10, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Soil: Can you dig it?
(The Washington Post, March 3, 2016; 8:00 AM)
A collard relative from Portugal goes mainstream
(The Washington Post, February 25, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Boysenberries: A cane that’s able
(The Washington Post, February 18, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Need a fence? Start weaving.
(The Washington Post, February 11, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Here’s what to consider when picking pepper seeds
(The Washington Post, February 4, 2016; 8:00 AM)
New mint from old
(The Washington Post, January 28, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Planning the season ahead
(The Washington Post, January 21, 2016; 8:00 AM)
A surfeit of broccoli? Say cheese.
(The Washington Post, January 14, 2016; 8:00 AM)
A weedy root lifts the winter blues
(The Washington Post, January 7, 2016; 8:00 AM)
Your vegetable garden is green, and it’s December. What’s happening?
(The Washington Post, December 24, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Old trees thank you for your support
(The Washington Post, December 17, 2015; 8:00 AM)