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How to Grow Ginger

Gardening

How to Grow Ginger

When I was a kid, any time my sisters and I came down with a stomach bug, my mother ran to the store for a bottle of ginger ale. Though it looked like any other soft drink in a green plastic container, we were taking part in a tradition of plant medicine that dates back over 5,000 years. Gingerols...
The Complete Guide to Growing Brussels Sprouts

Gardening

The Complete Guide to Growing Brussels Sprouts

As the name implies, brussels sprouts were first cultivated in what is now Brussels, Belgium, around the beginning of the 16th century. The fact that individual sprouts resemble tiny cabbages is no coincidence; they were originally bred from the exact same species as cabbage (Brassica oleracea). The...
When to Harvest and How to Store Potatoes

Gardening

When to Harvest and How to Store Potatoes

It’s everybody’s favorite starchy staple crop. It can be found anywhere from a salad in a Syrian village to fast-food French fries in an American city, but this plant comes from humble beginnings as a slightly toxic wild mountain tuber. Potatoes were first transformed into their edible and delicious...
How to Grow Garlic

Gardening

How to Grow Garlic

Archeological evidence suggests that garlic is one of the oldest crops in the world. It’s cultivation likely began around 5,000 years ago. References to garlic are found in ancient texts from India, Egypt, and China, and garlic bulbs have even been found in Egyptian tombs. Back then, garlic was...
4 Best Cover Crops for Your Garden

Gardening

4 Best Cover Crops for Your Garden

Most gardening experts are familiar with the concept of feeding plants by giving them nutrients in the form of compost, manure, or synthetic fertilizer. But the importance of feeding soil is less obvious to many people. In order for plants to thrive with as few outside inputs as possible, they need...
How to Grow Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Gardening

How to Grow Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

If you’ve ever come across a wild lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus), it might strike you as something that came from the deep ocean. The beautiful, cascading spines appear more fit for life on a coral reef than the terrestrial home by which they abide. Fittingly, the texture and flavor of...
How to Compost at Home

Gardening

How to Compost at Home

When I first became interested in composting, I was uninterested in learning how to do things correctly and more interested in just doing them. I grabbed an old 5-gallon bucket with a lid, dumped all of my kitchen scraps and garden waste in it, and put the lid on top. A month later, I opened the lid...
How to Save Seeds From Your Garden

Gardening

How to Save Seeds From Your Garden

“Let your food be your medicine,” I proudly remarked as I poured black bean seeds into a weekly pill organizer. My wife rolled her eyes and then popped the container into our refrigerator’s crisper drawer. We’ve been storing seeds like this for years, and in some cases, we’re even starting to...