Interplanting vegetables

Interplanting vegetables

We had spent the afternoon swimming in the Tsoaing river, which would swell with water after each summer rain, and we were hungry. Masopha led us to his family’s field nearby where they were growing corn with watermelon underneath. He picked a couple of...
Growing cucumbers in Southern California

Growing cucumbers in Southern California

Even on a hot summer day, I can go into the yard and pick a cucumber and bite into it and feel cooled and refreshed. How does that work? There’s no other vegetable quite like a cuke. I need to have them in my garden. Here’s how I go about accomplishing that. Varieties...
Growing tomatoes in Southern California

Growing tomatoes in Southern California

Occasionally, if I’m not producing certain vegetables in the garden, my wife buys them at the grocery store. She’ll buy some peppers in winter, for example, or cauliflower in summer. But never do we buy tomatoes. Tomatoes that aren’t home grown aren’t worth eating. If...
Cauliflower in colors

Cauliflower in colors

Which color is cauliflower? White. And . . . Cauliflower can also be orange, like the variety called ‘Cheddar’. ‘Cheddar’ cauliflower. ‘Cheddar’ is said to get its color from having extra beta-carotene, the same thing that makes carrots orange....
How tall can dinosaur kale get?

How tall can dinosaur kale get?

Next week my daughter turns four, and so does one of the above kale plants. It was in December 2017 that I sowed a handful of kale seeds. We ate leaves from the plants that grew through that winter while my daughter was learning to open her eyes and recognize her...

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