Grow Something

Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables.  They probably get jet-lagged, just like people.
~Elizabeth Berry

Seedings in a Greenhouse

Grow Something

If you eat you owe it to yourself to cultivate horticultural skills to enhance your culinary explorations, and to save vegetables and fruits from jet-lag, or worse yet– road rage!

Recipes are only as good as the ingredients used in them, and fresh, ripe, homegrown produce that’s neither tired nor angry is the gold standard.

Not prepared to dig up lawn? A pot of culinary herbs such as basil, oregano, and chives is a good beginning, with a caveat: culinary herbs are gateway edibles and may lead to a full-blown gardening addiction.

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Seed Starting Tips

January 23, 2014

Few creations in this world are as miraculous as a single seed. Inside each tiny package, some of which are smaller than the head of a pin, an embryonic plant sleeps, dreaming of the day it’s called to serve its intended purpose.

Ten Tips for Food Garden Success

November 7, 2013

No matter in the world you grow a food garden, the ten tips on this page will move you toward success.

Homegrown Tomatoes

April 5, 2013

If you are a fan of tomatoes--the most popular food crop in the home garden, then you ought to grow them at least once so you can know firsthand the joy of an honest, fresh, ripe tomato.

Tim Miller’s Central Texas Planting Guide

April 5, 2013

I met Tim Miller in the late 1980s when I was a gardener at Austin Community Gardens, now Sunshine Community Gardens, and he managed the site. He had some wild ideas (or so I thought at the time) about gardening -- especially when it came to the weather.

Spring Garden Success

February 15, 2013

Growing your own takes patience and knowledge. You're on your own for the patience, but we can help you with a few tips to supplement your knowledge base.

Plant Sales

February 15, 2013

On March 2, 2013, folks in the Austin, Texas, metro area are in for a treat. Two long- running plant sales are taking place, which gives you a chance to scoop up some healthy organic vegetable and herb transplants for your spring garden. You'll want to arrive early and take a place in line, because the crowds get long.

Prodigious Peppers

August 8, 2012

Throw a party for your pie hole with peerless peppers passionately propagated with your own precious paws. Power to the peppers!

Tuesday Tip: Grow a Home Vegetable Garden

July 10, 2012

Feel the thrill, the power, and the joy of making meals from the ground up when you grow your own food. It doesn't require a farm sized plot, nor does it need to take a lot of your precious time.

How to Grow Kale

July 16, 2011

Another of those glorious cool season dark leafy greens, kale holds the promise of a happy palate, full stomach and good health.

Growing Spinach

July 16, 2011

If you have your heart set on growing spinach—either flat leafed or crinkled (savoyed)—so you can be big and strong like Popeye the Sailor Man, then plant this cool season annual when it’s…well…cool outside. Actual planting dates vary depending on where you live.