Grow your own sweet potato slips

sweet potato slips

What are sweet potato slips? Sweet potato slips are the surprisingly diminutive tuber sprouts that grow into sprawling, productive sweet potato plants.   Unlike potato potatoes (a.k.a. Irish taters or white potatoes, Solanum tuberosum), you don’t just cut up sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) and plant them in the ground to grow more of them.  Sweet […]

The Glorious Garden Journal

Learning as you go is one of the most rewarding things about growing a garden.  Keeping a garden journal will help you do this.  Whether you planted your first tomatoes this year or you’ve been tending a plot for 40 years, there are always new things to try and practices to improve upon.  Gardening is […]

Direct Sowing in 5 Steps

Spring is here and it’s time to get planting.  There are many ways to fill your garden with verdant, fruitful beauty.  Direct sowing is one of the simplest, lowest-input (and low budget) ways to grow vegetables. In the right circumstances, it has lots of advantages over growing or buying transplants.  Plus there’s something timeless and […]

How to Grow Mushrooms on Inoculated Logs

shiitake mushrooms fruiting on hardwood logs

They’re delicious, healthful, beautiful and fascinating, so we’re going to teach you the basics of how to grow mushrooms. There are many kinds of mushrooms (over 10,000 known!) that live in all kinds of habitats, including wild mushrooms and cultivated ones.  Here we’ll focus on general cultivation strategies for decomposers of wood, including shiitake, oyster, reishi, lion’s […]