Just Veggies with Ellen Wells

Crisp asparagus, mouthwatering tomatoes, crunchy carrots, even juicy berries. You don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate the value of good tasting vegetables. Ellen Wells, our Just Veggies blogger, talks about her experiences in starting them, planting them, growing them, and best of all, eating them. Yum, yum!

What I Want for Christmas



Its the time of year where blogs and newspaper columns come out with their own particular versions of the Gardeners Holiday Gift Guide. Uncle Phil will love this new line of pruners or Cousin Jean will appreciate this coffee table book featuring the gardens of Wales are typical slants on the general theme.

This is not one of those blogs.

This is a blog about what I want for Christmas this year. Get your pencils and get ready.

A cold frame from Green City Growers. These cold frames are sturdy and well built, with a plexiglass top that is a snap to adjust. Someone in my community garden has TWO and Im soooo jealous! Im finally realizing Ill never be able to make a cold frame of such quality, so I want theirs. www.growmycitygreen.com

The Mud Gauntlet. This is a cool new elbow-length glove from the same folks who bring you the latex-coated Mud Glove that keeps your hands dry. However, in this case, the Mud Gauntlet is made from goatskin and is meant to protect your hands and forearms from thorns and prickers and such. In my case, Im a bit sensitive to tomato vinesI itch like crazy after pruning my tomatoes!so Id use them for that job. Or for when I need to trim my cats claws. And, they just look really cool. www.mudglove.com

The Garden Harvester from My Garden Things. As a vegetable gardener, this is THE COOLEST thing I could as for. The Garden Harvester is a -bushel, PVC-backed polyester tote. What makes it so special? It has a mesh bottom! Go to the garden, harvest some carrots or greens or zucchinis, and stick the whole tote under the outdoor spigotand the water flows out the bottom! Your veggies get a pre-rinse that gets the big chunks of dirt off, keeping your house and kitchen decidedly cleaner. It has a shoulder strap and somehow stays open on its own, so its easy to wear while harvesting with two hands. And when not in use, it folds flat. Why dont I already have one of these? www.mygardenthings.com

The Gardeners Hollow Leg. Sounds odd, but it looks pretty cool. Its a 5-gallon polyester bag that you strap to your waist. As you move about the garden, you can fill it with whateverplant trimmings, deadheaded flowers, random debris, heck, even apples or non-bruising fruit and veggies if thats what youre doing. The opening stays open thanks to a ring. Grab the bag by the strap on the bottom and turn over to empty the contents. www.thegardenershollowleg.com

A never-ending supply of Daniels Plant Food. Its an ultra-concentrated soybean-based natural liquid fertilizer with a formulation of 10-4-3. As any intermediate-level gardener knows, its not just the NPK values in a fertilizer that means its good for plants. Theres lots of other stuff micronutrients and other essential elements that benefit plant growth. And whatever Daniels Plant Food has, my garden loves it. www.danielsplantfood.com

A $100 gift card to Gardeners Supply catalog. What would I order? Contraptions to hold up my tomatoes and possibly even my zucchini. I could use my garden space more efficientlystakes and such would help! www.gardeners.com

Peace in my earth and good food for all!

Happy holidays, everyone.


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Ellen Wells

Meet Ellen

When you are raised on a farm, you can't help but know a thing or two about gardening. Ellen Wells learned about agriculture from her parents/grandparents and then went an extra step by studying biology at college. She¹s now editor-at-large for Green Profit magazine, a trade publication for garden centers. Ellen also writes for the Boston Globe.


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