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Posted by Dan Nagengast on 11th Mar 2024

Along about 2010, life for me was getting a little mundane. We had been farming since 1988, and my body was starting to suffer oil leaks and warning lights pretty regularly. Vegetable and flower growing, the way we did it, was a young person’s game. Our kids were grown. I had been working for the Kansas Rural Center for 20 years, and the joy was going out of grant writing and reporting to funders - which were big parts of every hot idea I ever… Read more

Posted by Lynn Byczynski on 1st Mar 2024

Every year the seed companies bring you new varieties in almost every category. Even an heirloom seed company like Seeds from Italy is constantly seeking out new products — for us, the older the better! We understand that you like the adventure of growing something new-to-you.This year, we have a large number of new varieties, and it’s my job to grow them and tell you what I think. I’ll be doing that throughout the growing season, but for now I w… Read more
Lynn Byczynski is the author of three gardening books: The Flower Farmer, Market Farming Success, and The Vegetable Garden Planner. She was the founder and publisher of Growing for Market magazine, a national periodical for market farmers. She is currently the garden manager for her family’s business, Seeds from Italy, the U.S. distributor for Italy’s oldest family-owned seed company, Franchi Sementi. Lynn started gardening in colleg… Read more

Posted by Lynn Byczynski on 1st Mar 2023

Succession planting is the practice of planting a crop several times to spread out the harvest over the longest possible period. The recommended length of time between plantings is based on how long a crop produces and how long it maintains quality in storage.Some vegetables don’t need to be succession planted because they produce over the entire season — indeterminate tomatoes and pole beans, for examples. Vegetables that do produce just a singl… Read more

Posted by Lynn Byczynski on 14th Feb 2023

Birds, butterflies, and bees have all been in the news lately for the sad reason that they are in serious decline. As gardeners, we have the ability to help them by growing more of the plants they depend on, and growing them over a longer period of time. Many of us are already growing native plants in our landscapes to support birds and pollinators. Here are some ideas for helping even more in your vegetable garden.In early spring, while it’s sti… Read more