There are signs of wild edible plants and cultivated varieties popping up all over the garden but before I shift my focus to spring I wanted to share a few of the edible weeds that have been out there for the picking all winter long. Despite the presence of frozen soils and blankets of snow, […]


The previous article looked at row covers, cold frames, cloches, and other techniques for protecting the garden during winter, but I wanted to take a closer look at one method in particular. While cold frames are still my favorite tools for cold weather gardening, the simpler row covers are gaining in favor because they are […]


Your region may endure months of frigid weather, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to harvest fresh produce out of the backyard garden. The previous post shared some of the hardy varieties grown by Niki Jabbour in her Nova Scotia garden; today I’ll cover some of the equipment and devices that she uses to stretch […]


I met Niki Jabbour at this year’s Mother Earth News Fair and obtained a copy of her new book entitled “The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener.” It turns out that we have a lot in common when it comes to growing a fall vegetable garden, and share a similar strategy for gardening during the colder periods of […]


Well, I really didn’t blow off the landscape as Hurricane Sandy made her rounds back in October, and thanks to everyone who inquired into how everything turned out. The garden and the beehives survived just fine and Pennsylvania actually wasn’t as hard hit by the storm as were parts of New York and New Jersey. […]