Managing Perennial Herbs

I harvested chervil, oregano, French tarragon, and sage earlier this week, and I thought I’d share a little about how we’re managing the perennial herb crops today. From a space efficiency perspective, herbs need extra thought and management both in terms of accommodating their growth habits, and to make sure their product is fully captured…

The Joy of Early Morning Harvests

If you haven’t discovered the difference in quality that can be experienced by doing your harvesting early in the morning, you have a real treat ahead of you. Plants, just like humans, have a cycle of activity and rest. During the day, especially when the temperatures are warm, plants put most of their energy into…

Nut Grass: A Deceptive Weed

There are two weeds in my plot that resist my technique of using black tarp to cover the beds for several weeks after preparing the soil. They are Yellow Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) and Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis—which I’ll talk about another day), and both  have strong nutrient storage mechanisms that can keep them alive for…

The last bed

Learn how double digging deeply conditions soil to improve structure, drainage, and water holding capacity.

Seed Starting

Setting up a simple seed starting work space in the laundry room.