Pickin’ up a pawpaw, put it in the garden

Pawpaws are a native fruit that grows throughout the woods in the eastern U.S. The scientific name (Asimina triloba) comes from the Native American term assimin and Latin for three referencing the three petals on the brown, nondescript flowers of the tree that have a slight rotten smell to attract pollinating flies. Continue reading Pickin’ up a pawpaw, put it in the garden

Growing the biggest and best in the garden

So it goes to reason that letting plants grow to their biggest and best is a no-brainer. Often, however, the key to the nicest plants, the showiest flowers, or the biggest vegetables is all in knowing what to remove from the plant and when.Take, for example, flowers. If I have a dahlia plant, I can let the plant happily chug along, producing all of the … Continue reading Growing the biggest and best in the garden

Small Space, Big Fruit Flavor

Many gardeners with small garden spaces, or no garden spaces at all, endeavor to grow food in small plots or containers. These gardeners usually stick with tried and true vegetables they can easily grow in one season. But what if we look beyond the vegetable garden and find tasty fruits that can be grown either in containers or small spaces in the garden? Or better … Continue reading Small Space, Big Fruit Flavor

Forbidden fruits? Gooseberries, currants get a bad rap

People of a certain age may have fond memories of puckering up after eating a tart gooseberry, freshly harvested from the bush. These days, gooseberries are a rarity, thanks to some restrictions — and myths about restrictions — about growing them all over the state of West Virginia. In fact, I mentioned writing about gooseberries this week to some 20-somethings in my office, only to … Continue reading Forbidden fruits? Gooseberries, currants get a bad rap