basil herbs pots ready to be planted

      My No-Frills Kitchen Garden

      I’ve had to be brutally honest with myself. The harsh reality is that when it comes to horticulture, while I may aspire to a green thumb, mine is mostly black and blue. No amount of planning, Miracle-Gro, cultivating, raised beds, sweat or physical labor has ever produced the kind of stunning vegetable sanctuary I dream of.

      two people pushing seeds into soil cells

      Seeding Allium and a Spring Awakening, or Planting Onions

      I’m grumbling— just a tad— at having had to be up so early on a holiday Monday. But, these are farmer’s hours, after all—up at dawn, rain or shine. While I appreciate authenticity, it is a bit hard to get your head around the idea of spring planting when there’s about a foot of snow on the ground and more on the way. With the temperature a mere 18 degrees, I’m lucky our first seeding for Restoration Farm is planned in the relative warmth of the head grower’s basement.