Fresh Dirt

Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You

Another day, another angle on our drought. Today’s thought-provoker comes from KQED’s coverage of experiments in California’s dry Central Valley to farm crops with far less water. Among the findings? Stressed pomegranates grow smaller, but with more antioxidants than those grown with ample irrigation.

Halloween: Not Just for Pumpkins

In my home, Halloween is our royal holiday. We compete with our neighbors to be the scariest house, and we’ve even gone so far as having a fake, giant spider we affectionately dub ‘Fluffy’ swoop down on teenagers. Yes, it’s probably cruel to make 17-year-old boys scream like little girls, but what can I say… it’s a little bit fun too.

The Best Tomatoes from Sunset‘s Test Garden

Looking for the perfect tomato for a container?  For sauce?  For out-of-this-world flavor?  We’ve got you covered.

‘Glass Gem’ Corn: Simply A-maize-ing

  Sorry for the corny pun, but I’ve been obsessed with ‘Glass Gem’ since images of it exploded all over my Facebook feed in 2011 (I’m a garden nerd, okay?). It even has its own FB page. We got our hands on some of The Living Seed Company‘s kernels in order to shoot this for the magazine last May:   […]