Storey staffers and friends share June garden scenes.
As we head into the first month of summer, we’re seeing fallout from our strange spring weather. It looks as though we won’t have many peaches this year, and in my own yard, our rhododendron — always a huge lure for bumble bees and hummingbirds — simply failed to flower for the first time on record. That’s made me think about what plants I can add to our garden to supplement the food supply when the usual favorites don’t flower when we expect them to. All of this thinking is timely, since next week is National Pollinator Week. In keeping with that theme, my colleagues snapped several photos that show our pollinators in action, from hummingbirds and butterflies to tiny native bees, along with photos of plants the pollinators in their gardens love. It’s giving me lots of ideas for next year. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
If I could only grow one crop in my vegetable garden, the choice would be easy. It wouldn’t be tomatoes; it wouldn’t be cucumbers or carrots. I would grow edamame beans (known to some as “edible soybeans” — which, of course, causes one to question … Read More
Of all the methods I use to preserve my homegrown produce, fermentation is the most fascinating one. Like most gardening cooks, my first fermentation projects involved turning cabbage into sauerkraut, which remains the best debut project for new fermenters. But since then I’ve discovered several … Read More
When my immigrant in-laws first came to Canada from Lebanon in the 1980s, they did what many newly-arrived immigrants do: They dug a small vegetable garden in their new backyard. They had no idea what they might be able to grow in this unfamiliar climate. Read More
Good-quality catalogs, websites, and seed packets offer a wealth of information. Companies want their seeds to grow successfully in your garden, so they provide as much growing information as possible. Beyond photographs and tempting descriptions, these are common terms that you’ll find online and in … Read More
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