Gardening with Chickens

  Gardening with chickens can be a lot of fun. They’re often underfoot (and under shovel) doing some of the grunt work, like removing weedy sprouts and wriggling ground pests. The problem is that chickens don’t know when to stop helping. Growing food in small spaces is challenging enough on its own, but add a […]

Save Money On Chicken Feed This Spring

  My chickens love the explosion of insect life in the spring—and so do I, but it wasn’t always that way. In my life before chickens, my Kentucky backyard was unusable for several months of the year, simply because of blood-sucking insects. Because my chickens devour a majority of the bugs that bug me most, […]

How to Get a Perfect Potato Harvest

This year’s potato harvest from my front-yard urban garden brought back childhood memories of digging up the tubers from a neighbor’s kitchen garden.

An Abundance of Borage (Starflower)

Borage spontaneously grows in nearly every corner of everyone’s yard. It’s a great substitute (or addition) to your usual steamed greens.

How to Grow Watermelons

If you live in a warm area, you can probably grow as many watermelons as you’d like.

Cubanelle Peppers

Photo by Rick Gush Fortunately, my favorite peppers grow more abundantly in Italy than my former U.S. home. Some of my favorite peppers in the garden now are friggitelli, which are the same as the cubanelle peppers I used to grow in California. In California, these were an oddity, but here in Italy, they are […]

Blacktop to Greentop

Courtesy iStockphoto/Thinkstock Growing gardens in parking lots or other urban areas is not a new concept, but Joe Kovach, a horticulturist at Ohio State University, is studying ways to make it more productive. An old asphalt parking lot might not seem like a good place for a garden. But in urban areas it can be. […]