Gaga for Ground Cherries

One of the crops I am most looking forward to growing from seed for the first time this year is ground cherries. I first tasted them a few years ago while visiting a friend’s farm.

How to Prune Raspberry Canes

Last week brought some beautiful weather, and so despite the boot cast on my left leg, I made the most of it by heading out to the raspberry patch to do a little cleanup.

Growing Edible Vines

Beautiful is bountiful when you blend form and function in your gardenscape with fruiting vines.

Crop Profile: Grapes

Grow grapes in the orchard, the vineyard or the backyard to produce an abundant and beautiful fruit crop.

Crop Profile: Hardy Kiwi

Brilliantly colored hardy kiwis (and their fuzzy counterparts) can make great vines to add to your garden.

Crop Profile: Melons

Savor delicious fruits that can be beautiful, too, by including melon varieties in your edible landscape.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

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.

Watermelon

Watermelon

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.