Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding

Having received our first rain of the season in Southern California, Charles Dowding is more relevant to us than he was a week ago. Dowding is a market gardener in England, rainy England. And he goes beyond growing and selling wonderful vegetables to writing,...
Handwatering vegetables

Handwatering vegetables

I wish that I could water all of my vegetables by hand all the time, but as my family has grown so necessarily has my vegetable garden, and I’ve decided to accept the costs and wastes of watering with sprinklers and driplines in order to save time. During a Southern...
Starting brassicas in summer

Starting brassicas in summer

Growing good broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts in Southern California is all about timing. August is a great time to sow these “brassicas.” You get the seeds started now and you’ll likely harvest some around Thanksgiving, certainly around Christmas....
Volunteers show when to plant vegetables

Volunteers show when to plant vegetables

I brought this ‘Clarimore’ zucchini plant back from a tour of Brijette Peña’s urban farm, where she grows vegetables for seed and trials varieties for her San Diego Seed Company. Peña sold it to me as a seedling in a four-inch pot. But when I got home that...
Growing corn in Southern California

Growing corn in Southern California

More than any other vegetable, growing corn makes me feel like I’m farming — not gardening, but farming. It’s partly because corn is a big plant. It’s one of the few vegetables that stands taller than you. And corn is usually grown in some arrangement of...

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