May 29, 2011 |
As America's gardeners dig, plant, weed and grow lettuce, beans and tomatoes in their vegetable plots this summer, they are part of a tradition that harks back to the beginnings of the United States. Just by working on a compost pile this weekend, you'll be in good historical company. The first four presidents of the United States — George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison — were all utterly obsessed with manure and recipes for compost. Adams even jumped into a stinking pile when he was America's first "minister plenipotentiary" to Britain in London in 1786.
April 10, 2013 |
Despite its irreverent title, there's much sense to Christy Wilhelmi's charming new book, "Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden. " As someone who grows most of her own food, Wilhelmi knows that aphids will attack your Swiss chard. Or that beloved pets will dig up your veggies -- by the roots. And because some of us buy plant packs, not heirloom seeds, she can give advice on how to pick the best ones.
April 11, 2013 |
In my Spreecast with organic gardener Christy Wilhelmi, author of the new book "Gardening for Geeks," I learned a lot: that white mildew can be treated with lactic acid, that you should never buy tall vegetable seedlings at the nursery and that volunteer tomatoes -- the ones that sprout up unplanned, perhaps from last year's fallen fruit -- are better than anything you plant intentionally. In other words, she shared a few things not detailed in "Gardening for Geeks," which carries the breath-defying subtitle, "DIY Tests, Gadgets and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden.
April 19, 2010 |
Dear Karen: Can you give me some tips for starting a gardening business? Answer: Make sure you are passionate about gardening and knowledgeable about the industry. Be persistent in setting and meeting start-up goals. "Change can only occur when you make a conscious decision to make it happen," said Tamara Monosoff, author of a new book, "Your Million Dollar Dream." Research the top issues for gardening businesses, and write down how you will approach each one. This will be the beginning of your business plan, which you should formalize before you start.
September 5, 2011 |
Sunset magazine's "Savor the Central Coast" will kick off its second annual four-day showcase of wine and artisanal foods with a VIP reception and opening night event Sept. 29 at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The next day's diversions include tours on land (milking a goat, making your own wine, hiking) and water (kayaking around the Morro Bay estuary), among other things, and are capped by the Western Wine Award, a gala beginning at 6 p.m. on the Pismo Beach pier. S cores of local wineries and others from Washington state will gather at Santa Margarita Ranch, about 10 miles north of San Luis Obispo, for the main weekend event.
HOME & GARDEN
March 24, 2011 |
Graham Kerr became famous for galloping through his kitchen and his life, traveling around the world 28 times and making 1,800 television shows, among other Type A pursuits. These days, the pace has changed, if not the enthusiasm. Kerr is taking time to grow asparagus. But the former Galloping Gourmet is hardly sedentary as he waits for his crops to grow. His 29th book is out this month, and he seems as full of energy as he did when he bounded into his studio kitchen and American homes in his hugely popular cooking show, which ran from 1969 to 1971 and led to other TV series.