Ahhh, garlic, giver of bad breath and deliciousness in equal, generous measure. In our region, it’s time to plant now so that we can enjoy our own garlic next year. Garlic has a reputation of being a cinch to grow. It requires sun but not much room: you can plant it in your garden, intersperse [...]
While fall and winter gardening has its charms, if I see another leaf of kale, spinach, or lettuce, I’m going to cry. Enough with the winter greens, I’m ready to plant the fun stuff! Tomatoes! Peppers! Squash! Herbs! If you’re like me and already dreaming of your first fresh-from-the-garden tomato, then get to work – it’s time to start seeds indoors.
It’s a startling statistic. In 1981, the number of seed varieties in catalogs was 5,000; today that number has dwindled to about 500. That decline is a stark representation of the effect of corporations’ greater control over the supply and distribution of seeds. Their concern? Bottom line. Enter JW’s Farm. JW’s is a micro-farm that brings fresh, local produce to Charlotte while preserving heirloom varieties of plants and supporting genetic diversity.
Prior to last year, the only remarkable aspects of my gardening were the diversity of flowers I killed and the speed with which I killed them. Out of a desire to go green, I attempted a vegetable and herb garden last year despite this less-than-stellar track record. Somehow, it worked.