Amber Pollei

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July 10, 2013 @ Whole Story
There are plenty of things to love about having your own backyard or patio garden: fresh produce within an arm’s reach, the satisfaction of growing your own food, maybe even a few bragging rights on your block.
June 9, 2013 @ Whole Story
Whether you’re caring for a container garden or keeping a homestead vegetable plot alive, using water efficiently and mindfully is important.
May 16, 2013 @ Whole Story
Trellises are essential for vining plants, such as pole beans, peas, and some varieties of squashes or cucumbers. (Check the tag or the seed packet. Varieties that don’t need a trellis are usually called “bush” variety.)
April 24, 2013 @ Whole Story
It doesn’t take an acre of space to grow fresh produce at home. Here are some easy ways to grow fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies in containers.
April 14, 2013 @ Whole Story
This post is the final in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.
April 13, 2013 @ Whole Story
This post is the second in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.
April 12, 2013 @ Whole Story
This post is the first in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.
December 11, 2012 @ Whole Story
Spread cheer to family and friends with these simple, thoughtful, delicious gifts from the garden. And while many of these ideas can be beautifully gifted in Mason jars, don’t let that scare you—there’s little to no canning involved! Herbs for the Holidays
November 13, 2012 @ Whole Story
Fall traditionally ushers in the harvest season; a cornucopia overflowing with gifts from the earth is a traditional symbol of the bounty of autumn. For the backyard gardener, it’s just as important to celebrate the small harvests.
October 10, 2012 @ Whole Story
Cool weather doesn’t have to mean the end of gardening. In fact, in warmer climates fall and winter gardens can be more rewarding than their summer counterparts! Last year, my backyard garden in Austin, Texas, fed us leafy greens, broccoli and other brassicas from November until late March, when I finally had to pull them to make room for a summer crop. The cool weather kept the pests at bay and a wide variety of leafy greens helped keep things interesting — and that’s when I realized that fall and winter were my favorite gardening seasons.
September 9, 2012 @ Whole Story
If you’ve ever tried your hand at gardening, even of the container variety, chances are you’ve heard at least a little about the importance of compost. That’s for good reason: healthy compost mixed with soil will give your plants the nutrients they need to thrive.
August 17, 2012 @ Whole Story
Keeping up with the summer garden is chore enough, and dealing with a surplus can be vexing — and inspiring. Here’s what to do with too much of a good thing.
July 19, 2012 @ Whole Story
Quick pickles aren’t complicated and don’t require any special equipment or fancy kitchen gadgets. They’re perfect for the summer bounty of fruits and vegetables.
June 17, 2012 @ Whole Story
Avid home gardener and food blogger Amber shares three fresh menus she’s put together from her summer harvest.
May 23, 2012 @ Whole Story
Amber Pollei writes, cooks, and gardens in Austin, Texas, with her husband Ryan and their dog Fin. Read more about her backyard-farm-to-table adventures at sustainable-diet.com
April 6, 2012 @ Whole Story
Amber Pollei writes, cooks, and gardens in Austin, Texas, with her husband Ryan and their dog Fin. Read more about her backyard-farm-to-table adventures at sustainable-diet.com