Sunday, March 29, 2009

Garlic is happiness

I love everything about garlic. Here is a new bed I prepared last fall, about 4 ft. X 18 ft. I worked in six, 5-gallon buckets of compost because garlic grows great in rich, loose soil.There are four rows, each with about 50 plants from cloves I planted in October. This is ‘German White’ a hard-neck cultivar that has done well for me in Maryland. I used chopped leaves to mulch the bed. In a few weeks, I’ll pull the mulch back and lightly fertilize each row with some FertileGro, a dried chicken litter fertilizer I bought a few years ago. Not sure if you can buy it in gardener-size bags anymore.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Martha Stewart Builds a Salad Table

Wow- me on Martha Stewart demonstrating the Salad Table that was developed right here on the University research farm. It was very exciting to be invited and to go on the show in New York City. The production crew was fantastic- lots of young people who loved the Salad Table and Salad Box and want to build them and use them at home! Martha told me about all of the veggies she grew over the fall and winter in cold frames and a cool greenhouse. She is definitely into food gardening. Her web site and magazine feature lots of good stories and tips on food gardening and buying local. She had a big spread in the March issue of her magazine on Joan and Drew Norman, operators of One Straw Farm in Baltimore County.
If you missed the Salad Table go to the show’s web site and click here to see the video.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What R U growing in your garden?

Let us know your food gardening plans. In Maryland, call 1-800-342-2507 if you have questions. Or send us an email at

Remember to watch Jon on Martha Stewart tomorrow!

View promos of Maryland Salad Table on quotes Jon Traunfeld (click on link) reporter Elizabeth Jia reports on the economic benefits of home food gardening. Quotes Jon Traunfeld and includes links to website.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Date Correction for Jon's Martha Stewart appearance!

Jon Traunfeld and his soon to be famous Salad Table will actually be appearing LIVE on The Martha Stewart Show on Thursday, March 26. Promos will air during the Wednesday Martha Stewart Show and on beginning Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grow It, Eat It...Anywhere! University Gardening Expert to Introduce "Salad Table" on Martha Stewart Show!

We're hard at work promoting the Grow It Eat It initiative. Read the the Press Release for yourself!

The Obama Administration’s call for personal responsibility has inspired a “grow it yourself” movement across the country. And thanks to a new invention called the “salad table,” everyone—no matter how small their balcony, patio or backyard—can join in.

Jon Traunfeld, salad table inventor and director of the University of Maryland’s Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) will introduce this unique gardening tool to audiences nationwide on the Martha Stewart Show on March 27. During the show, which will air locally on WBAL TV and WJLA TV, Traunfeld will instruct Martha on creating the table and describe the best ways to use it.

Essentially, the salad table is an improvement of a vegetable growing tool used during the Great Depression featuring a wood box, wire mesh and non-soil growing medium. Maryland Cooperative Extension faculty and volunteers have successfully grown lettuce, arugula, herbs, Asian greens, and even green beans in salad tables across the state.

Traunfeld’s appearance on the Martha Stewart show coincides with the kick-off of the new “Grow It Eat It” campaign designed to promote and teach food gardening with the vision of 1 million Maryland food gardeners producing their own affordable, healthy food in the next two years. The campaign is a joint venture between the University of Maryland’s Master Gardener program and its Home and Garden Information Center and features a dynamic, informative website:

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patty's Day. Time to plant your spring peas today! Plant potatoes as soon as the soil is dry enough to work.

Read the March vegetable gardening tips on the Grow It Eat It website.