Zucchini (Summer Squash)

Since I typically have huge yields, I no longer plant an entire packet of zucchini seeds. I planted seeds left over from last year on May 27, 2016, and harvested three small squash on July 15, 2016. I harvested another seven medium-sized squash today on July 19, 2016. I always share zucchini with my neighbors… Continue reading Zucchini (Summer Squash)


Snapdragons may be considered a tender perennial unless you are located in hardiness Zone 8 (consult http://www.gurneys.com/zone_finder if you do not know or understand hardiness zones). I’m located in Zone 6 and am fortunate to see my Snapdragons grow back each year. Snapdragons provide beautiful color to any landscape or flower garden. They are about… Continue reading Snapdragons

Mixed Greens All Season

In the Northeast U.S., lettuce is typically considered a “cold weather vegetable.” This implies that lettuce is planted soon after the ground starts to thaw. I planted lettuce in mid-April this year but also used leftover seeds from last year to get a booster crop of mixed greens later in the summer. I planted a… Continue reading Mixed Greens All Season

Chinese Cabbage

  I planted Chinese Cabbage on May 27, 2016, and harvested the first head on July 1, 2016. It’s still growing strong! I haven’t had the home-grown version since I was a kid, and I rarely buy it in the store. Chinese Cabbage is also known as Napa Cabbage or Bok Choy. It grows easily and when… Continue reading Chinese Cabbage

A Pleasant Surprise in the Garden

One thing you will not find on the Room to Grow site is perfection. Order, structure, clean lines, organization–these are all OK, but an obsession with perfectly measured vegetable rows or a 100% weed-free area is not. For this reason, I was delighted to see a self-planted sunflower growing, literally, in the middle of the… Continue reading A Pleasant Surprise in the Garden