New Plants for Our Home’s Edible Landscaping—Muscadine Grapes

I am SO excited about these! Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are native North American grapevines unique to the South. Forget about your Chardonnays, your Merlots, and other European varieties, or even American-bred Concords and Niagaras—give me Scuppernongs! I’ve seen them in grocery stores before (in season for just a few weeks), looking all giant and cool,…

Lessons from My First Mushroom Workshop

Bringing home the basics On Saturday I ran down to Durham for a mushroom workshop—my first!—organized by the folks at Bountiful Backyards, a sustainable landscaping firm serving the Triangle. Our family probably eats more mushrooms than most, so figuring out how to grow some meaty fungi at home has been on my radar for awhile….

A Forgotten Bed of Beautiful Beauregards—Sweet Potato Harvest

More than just a pretty vine, there’s delicious tubers, too! In early- to mid-summer, I planted 5 sweet potato slips in one of the raised beds in the backyard. It was impulsive but I was running out of time. I’d ordered the slips—along with a bunch of other seeds from Southern Exposure—with the best of planting…

Better December Than Never—Finally Planting Fall Bulbs

Past time to plant what arrived months ago! WAYYY back in the middle of summer (June) I received an email that “now” was the time to order fall bulbs for planting. Rarely one to pass up a plant, I started looking into flowering bulbs. Before ordering this fall, my previous experience with bulbs was eating onions and…

New Project, New Plant

It’s December 1, first day of the last month of fall! Many folks think there’s little to do for the garden in fall and winter but it’s just not the case. True, you can’t see as much as on a typical summer stroll—there’s very little growing, few insects, fewer leaves. At least, that’s the scene here…