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You don’t need a large plot to grow a bounty of vegetables and herbs
Today’s family food gardens, though fewer and smaller, outpace old homesteads in yield.
 
A more measured path to sweetness
(The Washington Post, February 9, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
The gardener’s little helper
(The Washington Post, February 2, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
In winter, coaxing the Belgian endive
(The Washington Post, January 26, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
The enduring appeal of wood stoves
(The Washington Post, January 19, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
One important winter chore for the gardener
(The Washington Post, January 12, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Resolve to grow a better rosemary plant. Your dinner guests will thank you.
(The Washington Post, January 5, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
Forget flowers this year. Try decorating your holiday table with fruit.
(The Washington Post, December 22, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
The many ways to bring fruits and vegetables into your daily meals
(The Washington Post, December 13, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Is it too soon to go to seed?
(The Washington Post, December 8, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
Why compost is the lifeblood of the garden
(The Washington Post, December 1, 2016; 7:00 AM)
 
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)