April 16, 1989 |
On a 7,000-square-foot plot in a community garden, Elise Payne used to produce tomatoes by the bushel and winter squash by the barrel. In recent years, her vegetables decimated by rabbits, deer and groundhogs, Payne, of Strafford in Chester County, has switched crops and now grows thousands of flowers, most of which she dries for mounting on gift items that she sells through a small business. Payne misses the vegetables, but she's become fascinated by the variety of flowers that are easy to grow and equally easy to preserve for winter color if you harvest them at the right moment.
May 23, 2015 |
Do some intensive vegetable gardening. There's a long weekend ahead, and, hopefully, you'll spend part of it in the garden. Keep cool-season greens picked, and as they go to seed, get ready to do that last harvest before composting the remains, or turning them under along with some well-rotted compost. Do some succession planting: Plant a few rows of squash or beans, but save some room to put in another planting of the same thing in two weeks. This theoretically spreads out the harvest over a longer time, although, in reality, it will all come in while you're on vacation.
May 15, 1987 |
You take your suburban vegetable gardener . . . He may think he knows it all. But, let's face it, how much to do have to know to grow a beet in the 'burbs? You just run out in your backyard, toss a seed in the soil, and water it with the lawn hose . . . In the city, it's different . . . and much more difficult. In the city, folks rarely have enough ground - or ground that gets enough sun - for a backyard garden. So they have to find patches of open land somewhere else . . . maybe a house has been torn down, maybe a trash-strewn lot can be cleared . . . In the city, you have to know such tricks as how to get water from the corner fire hydrant.
March 11, 1998 |
There were flowery foods and menus blooming all over town last week as the Philadelphia Flower Show added distinctive food elements to its celebration of aesthetic gardening. The show's "La Passion du Jardin" theme linked the culinary and horticultural aspects of French gardens and featured Anne Willan, founder of France's La Varenne cooking school in Burgundy, and prominent local chefs for cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, dinners, and other special events. The annual indoor preview of spring was presented by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
August 29, 2008 |
Roger Doiron has an idea for the next eater-in-chief: Bring back the victory garden! He wants the next president to plant an organic vegetable garden on the front lawn of the White House, one that would supply fresh produce to the first family and local food cupboards; set an example of self-sufficiency, healthy eating and sustainability for the whole country; and make a statement about what we grow in front of our homes. He calls this vision "Eat the View," and here's the statement it (he)
April 12, 1996 |
Bill Dupper Jr. of Swedesboro carries on a family tradition of maintaining a vegetable garden that belonged to his grandfather. Dupper yesterday spread lime to neutralize the acid in the soil.
April 4, 2008
You can tell Joy Larkcom's had decades of experience growing vegetables. One clue is her long list of books, which includes Organic Salad Garden , Oriental Vegetables , and The Vegetable Garden Displayed . Another clue is the sheer number of practical ideas in the newly revised edition of her 1997 book Creative Vegetable Gardening (Sterling Publishing, $19.95). Larkcom has been ahead of the vegetable-gardening trend, documented anew last month by the Garden Writers Association Foundation.
November 13, 2006 |
Dr. Jeffrey P. Weiss, 47, of Chestnut Hill, an interventional radiologist, died Oct. 31 at Albert Einstein Medical Center from injuries suffered when he was hit by a school bus outside his home Oct. 30. Philadelphia police are investigating the accident. Since 2004, Dr. Weiss had been on the staff of Temple University Hospital, where he was associate professor of vascular/interventional radiology. Doctors in his specialty insert tubes and catheters into patients for diagnostic and treatment purposes.
March 13, 1994 |
The battle of the soil is about to begin. The gardening partner is itching to get out his spade and turn over the vegetable garden; I'm cautioning him that it's too soggy and too soon. You've heard this before, either from me or in your own house. "Those peas," the partner says, "should be in the ground by St. Patrick's Day. " For years, we've turned over our hillside vegetable garden in the fall, then sowed winter rye as a cover to hold the soil from eroding and to provide green manure to turn into the ground the following spring.