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Florida Weave: A Better Way to Trellis Tomatoes


The Florida Weave. I have to chuckle every time I hear the name. It sounds like a bad hairpiece, maybe even a rollickin’ good dance down south (and maybe it’s both?).

But it’s actually an effective method of trellising (staking) tomatoes if you plant your tomatoes side by side in rows.

Many small-scale farmers and commercial growers employ the Florida Weave method (also called the Basket Weave method) because it’s fast, simple to set up and maintain, and uses space efficiently during the growing season — as well as after the growing season when there’s so little material to store.

I first learned about the Florida Weave nearly 10 years ago when I was deciding how to support my 14 tomato plants in raised beds.

The first summer, I caged all my tomatoes with the metal conical cages you typically find in garden centers. While the metal cages worked fairly well in the beginning, I somehow managed to obliterate a few (mostly while uprooting old plants) and didn’t have enough for all my sprawling indeterminates that season.

I also wanted something inexpensive and effortless, rather than buying more cages (too much money) or constructing my own towers out of rebar and cattle panels (too much work).

The Florida Weave used everyday supplies I already had around the yard (stakes and string), and with a little manpower from my handy husband, I had all my plants neatly trellised in no time at all.

Six tomato plants trellised with the Florida Weave in a raised bed
Young tomato plants supported by a Florida Weave. Pug not amused.

What is the Florida Weave?

With the Florida Weave, the idea is to “sandwich” your plants between lengths of twine. The twine gently holds up the plants without the need for additional stakes and clips.

Young tomato plants trellised with the Florida Weave method
Close-up of the Florida Weave technique (also called the Basket Weave technique) supporting a tomato vine

Ideally, you start trellising tomato plants when they’re under 2 feet tall and easier to manage. (I do mine shortly after I transplant the tomatoes, but before I mulch my beds.)

Larger plants become unruly and difficult to weave around the branches. You also run the risk of driving stakes into the roots of more established plants. So, start early with this system.

Florida Weave trellis supporting tomatoes

What kind of tomatoes can you support with the Florida Weave?

The Florida Weave works especially well for determinate tomatoes, since they never grow more than 5 feet in height. This makes it easy to contain the plants within the weave and have them be fully supported, especially if you’re using wooden stakes and natural-fiber twine.

However, I’ve always trellised indeterminate tomato plants with the Florida Weave and never had issues. In raised beds, my plants typically grow 8 to 9 feet tall, so any part of the vines that grow beyond the stakes simply drape over the topmost twine like a bed sheet on a clothesline.

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Close-up of wooden stake used for Florida Weave trellis

How to support your tomato plants using the Florida Weave technique

Choose your stakes

Start with sturdy stakes at least 6 to 7 feet tall.

An easily available and inexpensive option is wood, and I’ve used 2×2 wooden stakes successfully for determinate tomatoes. They’ll last for a season or two, but are prone to rotting and splintering, and the tops might shatter with a forceful hammer strike.

Thick bamboo works better as it’s weather resistant and has amazing tensile strength, but it’s also harder to come by unless you grow your own bamboo. (Most of the bamboo stakes sold at garden centers are more suited for light-duty staking.)

If you plan to trellis your tomatoes year after year with the Florida Weave, consider stocking up on rebar (which are thin metal stakes used in construction). At lumberyards and home improvement stores, they typically come in length increments of 2 feet (up to 10 feet).

If you can find a steel shop or building supply store that carries 20-foot rebar, ask if they’ll cut it for you into three equal lengths. This will give you three stakes that are 6 feet 8 inches tall.

With their smaller diameters (3/8 inch to 1/2 inch), rebar stakes are easy to drive into the ground. If you wait until after a good rain (when the soil is nice and soft), you can even push the rebar in with your hands.

Another option I like are steel fence T-posts, which range from 5 to 10 feet tall. The 7-foot or 8-foot T-posts are the perfect height for a Florida Weave stake, and their larger diameter (1 3/4 inches) makes them sturdy enough for supporting several indeterminate plants in long rows.

Place a stake between each plant and drive it 12 inches in the ground. If you put a stake between every two to three plants, drive it 18 inches in the ground (and even deeper if your garden gets a lot of wind in the summer). You want to keep 5 to 6 feet above ground for trellising your plants.

Choose your twine

Use a durable, weather-resistant twine that doesn’t stretch too much, like tomato twine (a 3-ply jute works well) or synthetic baler twine.

In a pinch, you can even use sisal or plain old cotton twine, but you may have to re-tighten the lines throughout the season if they start to sag.

My preference these days is this heavy-duty hemp cord, which is thick and durable, but not so burly that it’s hard to tie a tight knot with.

Create the “weave”

Starting about 8 inches above the ground, loop a length of twine around the first stake and weave the twine in and out between each plant.

When you reach the last stake, loop the twine around the stake in a figure-8, making sure the twine grips the stake and the line is taut, but not pulling too tightly to damage your tomato stems.

Continue weaving on the other side between each plant, back to the first stake, and tie off with a few knots.

Since that probably sounded just as confusing as it was to write it, I’ll leave you with this nifty little drawing.

Aerial view of the Florida Weave

This is an aerial view of what the Florida Weave method should look like.

The top illustration shows a setup with three plants across an 8-foot bed. This works best with determinate tomatoes.

The bottom illustration shows a setup for indeterminate tomatoes that can be repeated for longer rows.

As your tomato plants grow taller, weave additional lines of twine about every 8 inches up the stakes. Carefully tuck in any stray branches. I tend to reign in just the heavier ones, and let the smaller branches sprawl out naturally.

A raised bed with tomato plants staked with the Florida Weave technique
Three tomato plants "sandwiched" between lengths of twine between two wooden stakes
Aerial view of white twine weaving between tomato plants
Twine holding up tomato plants in a Florida Weave trellis
Close-up of tomato vine held up with twine

How does the Florida Weave hold up toward the end of the growing season?

When your tomatoes have grown tall and bushy, you can just run the twine straight across the entire row of plants between the stakes, instead of weaving a figure-8 in between each plant.

Once you’ve added a few lines of twine halfway up the stakes, the main stems of the plants are well supported and more twine simply holds the branches all in.

Long vines can be left to grow up and over the twine. With the “wall” of foliage that the Florida Weave creates, I actually find it much easier to find and harvest tomatoes.

Large tomato plants trellised with Florida Weave
Mature tomato plants supported with loops of twine in a Florida Weave
Close-up of tomato twine holding up tomato vine

At the end of the season, you can simply cut the twine, pull up the plants, and even leave the stakes in place for the following year if they’re not in the way. (Or, you can adapt the Florida Weave technique to trellis other plants like peas, pole beans, and cucumbers.)

No need to wrestle with cages and untangle masses of tomato branches — which is how I ended up with a handful of flimsy, half-broken conical cages in the first place. I suppose everything happens for a reason!

This post updated from an article that originally appeared on August 19, 2011.

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This Librarian Turned Her Backyard into an Urban Eden, One Plant at a Time

It began with a packet of seeds. Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nasim...

Soil Generation is Saving Community Gardens in Philadelphia
Soil Generation is Saving Community Gardens in Philadelphia

Khenti Pratt’s community garden was an oasis for neighbors, and a source of...

Morgan Freeman Converted His 124-Acre Ranch Into A Giant Honeybee Sanctuary To Save The Bees
Morgan Freeman Converted His 124-Acre Ranch Into A Giant Honeybee Sanctuary To Save The Bees

Morgan Freeman, the actor, film director and philanthropist has added a new title...

Bus Stops in the Netherlands are Covered in Flowers to Give Bees a Chance
Bus Stops in the Netherlands are Covered in Flowers to Give Bees a Chance

The Dutch have a progressive way of thinking and acting that can stand...

How One Man Singlehandedly Repopulated a Rare Butterfly Species in His Backyard
How One Man Singlehandedly Repopulated a Rare Butterfly Species in His Backyard

The iridescent blue wings of the California pipevine swallowtail are considered by collectors...

How to Build Hugelkultur Beds and Why You Need Them
How to Build Hugelkultur Beds and Why You Need Them

The concept of a permaculture garden is to provide long-term solutions that maximize...

How to grow vegetables without a backyard
How to grow vegetables without a backyard

Living in an apartment, I long for a backyard where I can have...

Grow Food Year Round in a $300 Underground Greenhouse
Grow Food Year Round in a $300 Underground Greenhouse

The word Walipini, derived from the Aymaran language and an indigenous Bolivian tribe,...

Garden Rabbits – a great addition for your vegetable patch
Garden Rabbits – a great addition for your vegetable patch

A few years ago we adopted a couple large rabbits from a local...

Could Dandelion “Weeds” Kill Cancer Cells & Leave Healthy Cells Intact?
Could Dandelion “Weeds” Kill Cancer Cells & Leave Healthy Cells Intact?

Those yellow dots that “litter” your otherwise “perfectly green” lawn are more than...

8 Practical Things You Can Do To Help Save The Bees
8 Practical Things You Can Do To Help Save The Bees

In case you’ve somehow missed it: The bees are dying and yes, it’s...

There’s A Giant Lavender Labyrinth In Michigan And The Photos Are Gorgeous
There’s A Giant Lavender Labyrinth In Michigan And The Photos Are Gorgeous

Labyrinths are beautiful. Their circular, geometric paths allow for walking meditations, and they...

How to Build a Spiral Herb Garden
How to Build a Spiral Herb Garden

A herb spiral is one of the most clever permaculture techniques for utilizing space...

Hummus For Dessert?! 10 Recipes You HAVE TO TRY!
Hummus For Dessert?! 10 Recipes You HAVE TO TRY!

“If you haven’t heard about the latest trend in the last year of...

DIY Bean Trellis For Any Vegetable Garden
DIY Bean Trellis For Any Vegetable Garden

“When you have a large garden the DIY project possibilities are almost endless....

Cotton Might Not Be King for Long, Hemp is Making a Comeback in Levi’s Jeans
Cotton Might Not Be King for Long, Hemp is Making a Comeback in Levi’s Jeans

Hemp is one of the most powerful plants in the world, producing twice as...

A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar
A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar

“National Weather Service meteorologists noticed something puzzling on their radar screens in Southern...

The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies & How to Prevent Their Decline
The Ultimate Guide to Butterflies & How to Prevent Their Decline

“Butterflies and moths have been around for millions of years. They used to...

Working Through Problems - with a Little Encouragement from Bruce Lee
Working Through Problems – with a Little Encouragement from Bruce Lee

Once you establish the habit of always looking for the good in any...

Foolproof Five: The Best Plants to Grow for Bees
Foolproof Five: The Best Plants to Grow for Bees

Blanket flower (Gaillardia) Growing a bee garden is as easy at it gets for...

Foolproof Five: The Best Plants to Grow for Bees
Foolproof Five: The Best Plants to Grow for Bees

Blanket flower (Gaillardia) Growing a bee garden is as easy at it gets for...

DANDELION & HONEY ICE CREAM [Get The Recipe!]
DANDELION & HONEY ICE CREAM [Get The Recipe!]

If dandelion wine captures the essence of summer for adults, then dandelion ice...

How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots Like a Gardening Pro
How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots Like a Gardening Pro

Tomatoes are the holy grail of gardens. Who can resist all those sweet,...

Biodegradable Coffee Cups Embedded With Seeds Grow Into Trees When Thrown Away
Biodegradable Coffee Cups Embedded With Seeds Grow Into Trees When Thrown Away

Here’s an amazing idea that really proves to you that anything is possible...

There’s A 6-Acre Sunflower Maze In Florida That’s Just As Magnificent As It Sounds
There’s A 6-Acre Sunflower Maze In Florida That’s Just As Magnificent As It Sounds

It’s hard not to drive through Florida during the spring and summer months...

Mosquitoes Hate These Plants. Grow Them In Your Home
Mosquitoes Hate These Plants. Grow Them In Your Home

Scientists have already proven that mosquitoes choose their victims according to their body...

8 Ways To Get Rid of Garden Pests Without Any Chemicals!
8 Ways To Get Rid of Garden Pests Without Any Chemicals!

1. Peppermint Castile Soap, via Rocky Hedge Farm – GET THE RECIPE! “There is...

ONE DRAGONFLY CAN EAT HUNDREDS OF MOSQUITOS A DAY. KEEP THESE PLANTS IN YOUR YARD TO ATTRACT DRAGONFLIES!
ONE DRAGONFLY CAN EAT HUNDREDS OF MOSQUITOS A DAY. KEEP THESE PLANTS IN YOUR YARD TO ATTRACT DRAGONFLIES!

It’s possible to help reduce mosquito populations around your house without using nasty...

China Tells Troops to Put Down Their Guns, Take Up Their Shovels and Plant Trees
China Tells Troops to Put Down Their Guns, Take Up Their Shovels and Plant Trees

China is going to war with a new kind of enemy — industrial...

Tips For Keeping Rabbits Out Of Your Garden
Tips For Keeping Rabbits Out Of Your Garden

Sometimes it’s better to see a pest problem as the normal way nature...

You Can Now Compost Your Loved Ones, Rather Than Bury Them in a Coffin, in Washington State
You Can Now Compost Your Loved Ones, Rather Than Bury Them in a Coffin, in Washington State

Traditional burial, in a coffin, takes a huge toll on the environment. Every year...

Easy to Grow Super Foods and Why You’d Want to Grow Them – Tending My Garden
Easy to Grow Super Foods and Why You’d Want to Grow Them – Tending My Garden

Plants produce compounds known as phytonutrients. Thus far 25,000 different phytonutrients have been...

Monsanto hit with staggering $2 billion verdict in Roundup cancer suit
Monsanto hit with staggering $2 billion verdict in Roundup cancer suit

An Oakland jury awarded a staggering $2 billion-plus in damages Monday to a...

The Backyard Fire Cookbook is Coming May 14! Here's a Look Inside
The Backyard Fire Cookbook is Coming May 14! Here’s a Look Inside

Woohoo! It’s almost here! While we await the official release date of May...

The Backyard Fire Cookbook Is Here! Hooray!
The Backyard Fire Cookbook Is Here! Hooray!

The day is here! The Backyard Fire Cookbook: Get Outside and Master Ember...

A Little Bean Is Sprouting in the Fall
A Little Bean Is Sprouting in the Fall

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some personal news, so here’s a...

Here are 9 gardening trends to try this year
Here are 9 gardening trends to try this year

It’s planting season in metro Detroit, and gardeners are getting ready to stock...

The Backyard Fire Cookbook is Coming May 14! Here's a Look Inside
The Backyard Fire Cookbook is Coming May 14! Here’s a Look Inside

Woohoo! It’s almost here! While we await the official release date of May...

World Naked Gardening Day: It all started in Seattle
World Naked Gardening Day: It all started in Seattle

Not to worry, Seattle, about the Seattle we fear losing. Not as long...

Nitrogen - Do You Need to Add It to the Soil? (Or Other Nutrients?)
Nitrogen – Do You Need to Add It to the Soil? (Or Other Nutrients?)

In spite of all the advice about how to grow onions (or any...

Pink Peppercorns: A Gourmet Spice Growing in the Backyard
Pink Peppercorns: A Gourmet Spice Growing in the Backyard

Pink peppercorns are often thought of as a gourmet spice, packaged in small,...

The No-Brainer Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors
The No-Brainer Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors

Exactly as the title says — this is an easy and foolproof guide...

The Ultimate Seed Starting Guide: A Roundup of Garden Betty's Best Tips and Tutorials
The Ultimate Seed Starting Guide: A Roundup of Garden Betty’s Best Tips and Tutorials

It’s 50°F and sunny in Central Oregon, and while that may still sound...

Women Who Surround Themselves With Plants Live Longer
Women Who Surround Themselves With Plants Live Longer

We like to surround ourselves with friends, pets, fresh air, and sunshine, but have...

Advice for New Gardeners: The Best Seeds to Plant in Spring
Advice for New Gardeners: The Best Seeds to Plant in Spring

In my very first year of gardening, I did what any ambitious beginner...

Study: Sniffing Rosemary Improves Memory
Study: Sniffing Rosemary Improves Memory

The smell of rosemary enhances our ability to recall past events and remember...

Tomato Growing 101: 10 Tips for a Successful Harvest
Tomato Growing 101: 10 Tips for a Successful Harvest

If you’re planning to grow a summer garden, you’re most likely going to...

This is How to Correctly Plant Tomatoes to Grow 5–8 ft Plants
This is How to Correctly Plant Tomatoes to Grow 5–8 ft Plants

Here are some useful tips that will help you grow healthy and delicious...

Notre Dame’s Beehives That Produce 165 Pounds of Honey a Year Survived the Fire
Notre Dame’s Beehives That Produce 165 Pounds of Honey a Year Survived the Fire

Notre Dame Cathedral’s three beehives — home to more than 180,000 bees —...

HOW TO GROW A KOMBUCHA SCOBY FROM BOTTLED KOMBUCHA
HOW TO GROW A KOMBUCHA SCOBY FROM BOTTLED KOMBUCHA

Months ago I wanted to start making my own kombucha.  I was buying...

Advice for New Gardeners: The Best Seeds to Plant in Spring
Advice for New Gardeners: The Best Seeds to Plant in Spring

In my very first year of gardening, I did what any ambitious beginner...

Easiest Way to Control Aphid & Whitefly Pests without Insecticide
Easiest Way to Control Aphid & Whitefly Pests without Insecticide

“John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with the easiest way he has discovered to rid...

Dye Easter Eggs The Natural Way!
Dye Easter Eggs The Natural Way!

Dye Easter Eggs The Natural Way! Dyeing Easter eggs is a fun tradition...

A Sneak Peek of The Backyard Fire Cookbook
A Sneak Peek of The Backyard Fire Cookbook

It didn’t seem so long ago that I shared the making of the...

Keto Garden – Easy Low Carb Vegetables You Can Grow At Home!
Keto Garden – Easy Low Carb Vegetables You Can Grow At Home!

One thing you may have noticed about a plant-based diet – it’s expensive! ...

Gardening Made Easy With Straw Bales!
Gardening Made Easy With Straw Bales!

Image credit: Ruth Temple @ Flickr Gardening can be tricky even when you are graced with good...

Los Angeles County Halts Use of Roundup Until Safety Risks Can Be Determined
Los Angeles County Halts Use of Roundup Until Safety Risks Can Be Determined

Shortly after a California court linked glyphosate, the herbicide in the popular weed...

How gardening may be helping people live longer
How gardening may be helping people live longer

Gardening saved Mary Lou Heard’s life. In the 1970s, Heard, who would later become...

Save bees by holding back on the mowing, gardeners urged
Save bees by holding back on the mowing, gardeners urged

Gardeners should leave at least a strip of their lawn un-mowed this summer...

Permaculture Puts Organic Gardening on Autopilot
Permaculture Puts Organic Gardening on Autopilot

Organic food and farming have seen a huge increase over the past ten...

25 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now
25 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now

Who hasn’t seen those pesky yellow weeds pop up in the garden from...

Stackable pottery that helps you turn your household food waste into fresh produce. [KICKSTARTER]
Stackable pottery that helps you turn your household food waste into fresh produce. [KICKSTARTER]

Compottery is a simple solution for reducing household food waste while growing fresh...

The Ultimate Seed Starting Guide: A Roundup of Garden Betty's Best Tips and Tutorials
The Ultimate Seed Starting Guide: A Roundup of Garden Betty’s Best Tips and Tutorials

It’s 50°F and sunny in Central Oregon, and while that may still sound...

Do’s and don’ts for early spring gardening
Do’s and don’ts for early spring gardening

“A warm day in March can inspire a kind of madness in gardeners....

Spring Gardening Checklist - Urban Organic Gardener
Spring Gardening Checklist – Urban Organic Gardener

Spring will officially be here on March 20th and whether there’s still snow...

How urban gardeners can lower their risk of contact with soil contaminants
How urban gardeners can lower their risk of contact with soil contaminants

TEMECULA – City dwellers may once have thought that gardening was a hobby...

Urban agriculture may uproot traditional farms in world of food ethics
Urban agriculture may uproot traditional farms in world of food ethics

Family-owned farms are decreasing as community gardens and urban agriculture find their footing...

Grow Up to 90 Fruits and Vegetables in Your House With This Auto-Watering Indoor Garden
Grow Up to 90 Fruits and Vegetables in Your House With This Auto-Watering Indoor Garden

If you’ve always wanted to start your own herb or vegetable garden but...

Urban wasteland into flourishing vegetable garden
Urban wasteland into flourishing vegetable garden

COIMBATORE: A piece of open space reserved (OSR) land near a busy residential...

25 Gardening Tips Every Gardener SHOULD KNOW!
25 Gardening Tips Every Gardener SHOULD KNOW!

1. If it’s getting cold and you have tomatoes still ripening on the vine...

How Deep Are the Roots of Garden Vegetables?
How Deep Are the Roots of Garden Vegetables?

What’s the secret to growing a healthy, vigorous plant this season? Hint: It doesn’t...

Race on to make urban agriculture viable, durable
Race on to make urban agriculture viable, durable

In a world faced with the conundrum of mountains of waste and obesity...

SF plans to launch an Urban Agriculture Resource Center for community gardeners
SF plans to launch an Urban Agriculture Resource Center for community gardeners

As part of its growing support for urban agriculture, the Recreation and Park...

‘Growing Place’ Sheds Light on History of Growing Food in Milwaukee
‘Growing Place’ Sheds Light on History of Growing Food in Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s past is often seen through the lens of industry and big factories,...

7 Innovative Architectural Ideas With World-Changing Potential
7 Innovative Architectural Ideas With World-Changing Potential

Our ancient relatives, Homo heidelbergensis, were constructing shelters at least 400,000 years ago,...

High School Garden Club Helps Students ‘Grow’ Their Skills
High School Garden Club Helps Students ‘Grow’ Their Skills

LOS ANGELES, CA – Pens and paper are the typical supplies for many...

An app can help introduce newbies to the garden. But the real rewards are in the dirt.
An app can help introduce newbies to the garden. But the real rewards are in the dirt.

Some children garden at the knee of their parents or grandparents, and by...

Urban agriculture gives Paris space to breathe
Urban agriculture gives Paris space to breathe

Green walls, rooftop gardens, and urban farms are aiming to bring nature back...

Plants ‘talk to’ each other through their roots
Plants ‘talk to’ each other through their roots

Plants use their roots to “listen in” on their neighbors, according to research...

Will The Generation That Wants To Change Agriculture Show Up To Work?
Will The Generation That Wants To Change Agriculture Show Up To Work?

What is interesting about this younger generation, who are stereotypically labeled as harsh...

A Farm and Restaurant Program that Helps Foster Kids Succeed
A Farm and Restaurant Program that Helps Foster Kids Succeed

By the time Will Nash got to the Hart Community Homes (HCH) in...

We Need to Prioritize Urban Farming in City Planning
We Need to Prioritize Urban Farming in City Planning

Last November, I stood on the stage of the Meeting of the Minds...

14 Year Old Donates EVERYTHING He Grows To Families In Need
14 Year Old Donates EVERYTHING He Grows To Families In Need

Help Ian WIN a $10,000 grant for Katie’s Krops!(SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF...

Urban farmers seek stability - Urban Organic Gardener
Urban farmers seek stability – Urban Organic Gardener

Growing Lots is a working farm tucked into an increasingly dense urban landscape. It...

The city needs more gardens — urban gardening in Berlin [VIDEO]
The city needs more gardens — urban gardening in Berlin [VIDEO]

What was once a gloomy parking lot is now a green oasis in...

Now, Rent a Farm and Harvest Your own Veggies. Real-Life Farmville is Here
Now, Rent a Farm and Harvest Your own Veggies. Real-Life Farmville is Here

Most people living in apartments are deprived of the luxury of owning a...

A Phoenix Urban Garden Provides At-Risk Individuals a Path Forward
A Phoenix Urban Garden Provides At-Risk Individuals a Path Forward

Incarcerated a total of eight times over 15 years, Darren Chapman sat in...

‘We’re black sheep’: the people who are fascinated by soil in cities
‘We’re black sheep’: the people who are fascinated by soil in cities

A recent gathering of scientists on the upper west side of Manhattan enthused...

Pink Peppercorns: A Gourmet Spice Growing in the Backyard
Pink Peppercorns: A Gourmet Spice Growing in the Backyard

Pink peppercorns are often thought of as a gourmet spice, packaged in small,...

Urban Gardening Activist Works To Connect People To Their Food Sources
Urban Gardening Activist Works To Connect People To Their Food Sources

Activist Duron Chavis realized early on he needed to get his hands dirty,...

Buying Time: Extend your garden’s growing season with a cold frame
Buying Time: Extend your garden’s growing season with a cold frame

Part incubator, part greenhouse and part time machine, a cold frame is anything...

Reviving monastery’s city farm, started a century before urban agriculture was cool
Reviving monastery’s city farm, started a century before urban agriculture was cool

Members of religious orders have always had a need to garden, inspired no...

Santa Fe garden created to aid shooting survivors seeking donations
Santa Fe garden created to aid shooting survivors seeking donations

SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) — Painted on Santa Fe City Hall, a mural...

Happy New Year from Garden Betty
Happy New Year from Garden Betty

Hello, friends! It’s been a few weeks, but I have to say I...

Bottle Tower Gardens Provide Exceptionally Efficient Small Space Growing
Bottle Tower Gardens Provide Exceptionally Efficient Small Space Growing

Dr. Willem Van Cotthem experimented with this vertical gardening system using recycled plastic...

WIN A FREE SEED CLUB MEMBERSHIP
WIN A FREE SEED CLUB MEMBERSHIP

When you join UOG’s Seed & Garden Club, you are joining a community dedicated...

Opportunities abound for New York agriculture
Opportunities abound for New York agriculture

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Saratoga County is a microcosm of New York’s diverse $5...

Farm Bill would benefit Detroit’s urban agriculture
Farm Bill would benefit Detroit’s urban agriculture

Detroit — Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow on Monday championed reforms to encourage...

Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet
Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet

The green revolution that transformed modern agriculture has generally increased its scale. There’s...

Most POPULAR Gardening Instagram Posts from 2018
Most POPULAR Gardening Instagram Posts from 2018

It’s been a BEAUTIFUL year! Now that it’s coming to an end let’s...

Milwaukee Program Uses Urban Agriculture To Help Veterans Heal From War
Milwaukee Program Uses Urban Agriculture To Help Veterans Heal From War

As far back as World War I, nature and farming have been used...

Our 5 Favorite Holiday Platters To Help Keep You On Track This Christmas
Our 5 Favorite Holiday Platters To Help Keep You On Track This Christmas

Headed to potluck after potluck this season? Looking for something that’s easy to...

High-tech urban greenhouse takes local farming to a new level in Denver
High-tech urban greenhouse takes local farming to a new level in Denver

DENVER — People walking or driving by Altius Farms have picked up their...

How to Make a Christmas Tree Last Longer
How to Make a Christmas Tree Last Longer

If you’re as enthusiastic about the holiday season as I am, you probably...

Early Fall/Late Summer Garden – Pictures and Observations
Early Fall/Late Summer Garden – Pictures and Observations « Tending My Garden/Organic Gardening with a Common Sense Approach

Click the pictures to enlarge them and get a better look. Tomatoes All except one...

Community Garden on 40-Acres Gives Health To The People Who Run It
Community Garden on 40-Acres Gives Health To The People Who Run It

UIHS, an organization founded by a group of women in 1970, expanded from...

Introducing the Garden Betty Shop!
Introducing the Garden Betty Shop!

By now you’re probably inundated with all kinds of gift guides for gardeners,...

Home for the Holidays (and a Few of My Favorite Things)
Home for the Holidays (and a Few of My Favorite Things)

For the first time in many years, my husband and I are staying...

Indoor gardening: Add plants to every room of your home
Indoor gardening: Add plants to every room of your home

Grow herbs or other leafy greens indoors under a Growbar LED light fixture...

Paris-based Agricool raises $28 million to expand its urban farming tech
Paris-based Agricool raises $28 million to expand its urban farming tech

Agricool today announced it has raised $28 million for its system that uses specially...

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook (Plus a Giveaway!)
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook (Plus a Giveaway!)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that my favorite gifts tend to be...

How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons Into Urban Farmers
How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons Into Urban Farmers

“ATLANTA—On a 4-acre farm a few miles south of the Fulton County Jail,...

A Guide to Saving and Storing Seeds
A Guide to Saving and Storing Seeds

Seed saving is one of the little joys of gardening. Now that we’re...

4 Ways to Pickled Green Tomatoes
4 Ways to Pickled Green Tomatoes

Author’s Note: I wrote this post back in 2011 and since then, these...

How to create an urban farm in your Austin backyard
How to create an urban farm in your Austin backyard

Growing health, fitness and fresh food movements are fueling the rise of urban...

Homemade "Tin Can" Cranberry Jelly
Homemade “Tin Can” Cranberry Jelly

Growing up, I always ate Thanksgiving dinner with my friends’ families since my...

8 Canning Tips and Tricks for Modern-Day Home Canning
8 Canning Tips and Tricks for Modern-Day Home Canning

At some point in your homemaking journey — whether you’re a cook, gardener,...

Ikea wants to help you farm in your house
Ikea wants to help you farm in your house

Ikea doesn’t just want to sell you furniture–it also wants to sell you...

The Making of The Backyard Fire Cookbook Cover
The Making of The Backyard Fire Cookbook Cover

The creative process of shooting a cookbook cover is always inspiring, exciting, surprising,...

How To Easily Grow Your Own Healthy Wheatgrass At Home
How To Easily Grow Your Own Healthy Wheatgrass At Home

Growing your own wheatgrass at home is easy and fun to do! There...

Urban farms are becoming budding business enterprises
Urban farms are becoming budding business enterprises

“Urban farms cropping up all over Richmond are more than backyard gardens on...

Why You Might Want To Consider Starting Your Own Urban Garden
Why You Might Want To Consider Starting Your Own Urban Garden

“The growing information about possible negative health effects caused by over-processed foods and...

In Order To Find The Perfect Antidepressant: Get Your Hands Dirty While Gardening!
In Order To Find The Perfect Antidepressant: Get Your Hands Dirty While Gardening!

“There is a small bacteria called mycobacterium that people who are suffering from...

BREAKING NEWS: E. coli FOUND in Romaine Lettuce!
BREAKING NEWS: E. coli FOUND in Romaine Lettuce!

According to sources at Business Insider, “Romaine is off the table again because...

For eco-conscious city dwellers, urban agriculture is one road to real impact
For eco-conscious city dwellers, urban agriculture is one road to real impact

“Eco-consciousness is a hot trend. It’s become a common occurrence to see shoppers...

The Apprentice viewers brand the urban gardening task the “worst” ever
The Apprentice viewers brand the urban gardening task the “worst” ever

“The Apprentice sent its remaining contestants into the brave new world of urban...

8 Canning Tips and Tricks for Modern-Day Home Canning
8 Canning Tips and Tricks for Modern-Day Home Canning

At some point in your homemaking journey — whether you’re a cook, gardener,...

WINTER IS COMING AND CHICAGO’S URBAN GARDENERS ARE GETTING READY
WINTER IS COMING AND CHICAGO’S URBAN GARDENERS ARE GETTING READY

“Local gardening enthusiasts on Saturday braved freezing winds to learn winter plant management...

This Houston Urban Farm Honors Veterans With Jobs
This Houston Urban Farm Honors Veterans With Jobs

“When Gracie and Bob Cavnar launched the Recipe for Success Foundation in 2005,...

46 Best Veggies, Herbs & Microgreens for Vertical Planting
46 Best Veggies, Herbs & Microgreens for Vertical Planting

“Vertical gardens allow you grow veggies at several levels, so you can get more...

A Guide to Curing and Storing Garlic
A Guide to Curing and Storing Garlic

You waited seven, maybe nine months, for all that homegrown garlic to finish...

11 Essential Fall Planting Tips
11 Essential Fall Planting Tips

1. At the nursery: Buy the best Look for plants that have healthy foliage...

Tomato Leaves: The Toxic Myth
Tomato Leaves: The Toxic Myth

Maybe it was my Asian upbringing that taught me never to waste food,...

Can Maggots Fix Singapore’s Food Waste Problem?
Can Maggots Fix Singapore’s Food Waste Problem?

“SINGAPORE — IT’S HARD not to miss the giant black flies that flit...

A Guide to Saving and Storing Seeds
A Guide to Saving and Storing Seeds

Seed saving is one of the little joys of gardening. Now that we’re...

First brassica greens from the field
Season’s first field-seeded salad greens

The season’s first field planting of salad greens, making a brief public appearance...

Women farmers earn about $58,000 a year—but they still outearn their male counterparts
Women farmers earn about $58,000 a year—but they still outearn their male counterparts

“Kriss Marion wasn’t planning to become a farmer when she moved to Blanchardville,...

4 Ways to Pickled Green Tomatoes
4 Ways to Pickled Green Tomatoes

Author’s Note: I wrote this post back in 2011 and since then, these...

New Year
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  Winter farming in a nutshell: Sundown, New Year’s Day 2017, checking up on...

Neighbors Have Questions As The City Solicits Proposals For Two Urban Farms
Neighbors Have Questions As The City Solicits Proposals For Two Urban Farms

“Marcus Roberson has a vision. He wants to grow crops on an empty...

Homemade "Tin Can" Cranberry Jelly
Homemade “Tin Can” Cranberry Jelly

Growing up, I always ate Thanksgiving dinner with my friends’ families since my...

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