Category Archives: Gourmet Gardening

Vegetable and herb gardening

Review of Jack’s Classic Petunia FeED Fertilizer

Earlier this summer, while replenishing my fertilizer supplies at a local nursery, I came upon Jack’s Classic Petunia FeED. Made by the reliable JR Peters Inc, long known for its excellent assortment of indoor plant fertilizers, the clever name suggests … Continue reading

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Tomato Hornworm Parent?

Before you are able to appreciate that glamorous butterfly or majestic moth, there is a voracious caterpillar (larva) that needs copious amounts of food before it can molt into maturity. As a gardener, it’s important to be able to identify … Continue reading

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Gourmet Seeds

One of the most popular blog posts here continues to be the series on the American potager, so I gather that many readers are planning or considering an ornamental kitchen garden. Therefore, as a follow-up post, here are a few items … Continue reading

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Creating an American Potager, Part III

So far in this series, we’ve discussed the traditions of the potager, Rosemary Verey’s deservedly popular interpretation of the concept, design alternatives for gardeners in climates less hospitable than Verey’s Zone 7, and possible American interpretations of the classic potager. … Continue reading

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Creating an American Potager, Part II

Gardeners in Hardiness Zones 5 and 6 need to be creative in designing a potager. No cute little boxwood hedges lining the beds for us—they probably won’t make it through the first tough winter. Also, maintaining the hedge is a job … Continue reading

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Creating an American Potager, Part I

The French word “potager” (poh—tah—zhay′) translates to “kitchen garden”, although, colloquially, the term has come to denote an ornamental kitchen garden. Likewise, the French word “parterre” simply means “flower garden”, but, again, common usage of parterre generally refers to formal, symmetrical … Continue reading

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