There are dozens of cantaloupe varieties on today’s market. Choose a variety best suited to your climate. Urban growers may want to choose a fast-maturing variety like Fastbreak or Lil Loupe, which also take a little less space.



Homegrown watermelons are as sweet as you can get. Smaller-fruited varieties like Petite Treat and Sugar Baby are good choices for smaller households. Yellow-flesh varieties have a sweet, mellow flavor and are good for gardeners wanting to try something different.

Galeux D'Eysines pumpkins

Boutique Pumpkin Varieties

Don’t think a plain orange pumpkin is your only option. Specialty pumpkin varieties turn heads on the farm with their rainbow of colors, textures and styles.

Green pumpkin in the garden

How To Grow Pumpkins

Growing pumpkins and squash is simple. Use these tips to get your pumpkin patch started.


Holy blueberries! Hands down this has been the best year for blueberries I have ever had.

One Small Plum

Yesterday we picked the first plum from our tree.

Cherry Grafting

I was at my friend Richard’s house this week when his neighbor came over and grafted another one of Richard’s old cherry trees.

Berries: Autumn Treasures

As far as I’m concerned, late autumn is one of the most beautiful times in the garden.

Figs and Ferragosto

It’s fig-picking time here in Italy, and I get a significant amount of my daily snacks from the fig trees that are all over the place here.