Vegetable Gardening

Cooking with Herbs

Aug20th 20141 comment
Cooking with Herbs

by Katie Russell

It’s the end of summer and if you’re anything like me then you have more herbs than you know what to do with. My basil, parsley, mint and sage are growing like crazy and there’s only so much pesto you can eat before your brain turns to pesto. Here are some quick recipes that you can try to use up your herbs while still enjoying the fresh flavor profile that dried herbs can’t compete with.

Herbed Pasta Salad (Vegan)

Ingredients

1 box whole wheat pasta
1 cup olive oil
½ cup basil, chopped...

Inspirational Annual Planters

Jun10th 20143 comments
Inspirational Annual Planters

I love this time of year. As I meander through our annual yard I am completely enveloped in this amazing technicolor carpet of flowers.

Annuals come in every color imaginable, and then some! And every year new varieties and hybrids continue to emerge, keeping even the most seasoned gardener excited to come in and see the latest and greatest shade of petunia or calibrachoa.

With all these options, the process of designing a window box or container planting can be a little overwhelming. What goes with what exactly? Thankfully there is no exact science to...

Sara Barrios - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Meet Sara Barrios, blog contributor and the greenhouse buyer and merchandiser at the Mahoney's Brighton location. About Sara Sara grew up in Woburn and has 21 years experience in the garden center and floral industry around Boston. She is passionate about her job and loves plants...

What to do in the Garden Right Now - Late Spring

Jun5th 20142 comments
What to do in the Garden Right Now - Late Spring Edition

It seems like this year the season has kept cool longer, which is great for planting trees and shrubs. It means less watering, less stress on the plants and less work for us who are planting. This time of year is also great because you can see plants like Buddleia and Hydrangea in more than just stick form. I mean, you can see them fully leafed out and even in bud. I don’t know how many times I show people hydrangeas in April or early May and they give me that disappointed look, like “ahhhh, is that alive?” Well of course it is, it’s just what they look like in early spring. You...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy. With a passion for...

Raised Bed Gardening

Apr24th 20148 comments
Lettuce in a raised bed garden

Although I enjoy tilling the soil like Uncle Mike, I love using raised bed planters because they offer more versatility. They are great for small plots of veggies, herbs and flowers. With these beds you minimize tilling, soil amending and weeding. I love the raised beds that Mahoney’s is carrying this year because they are high quality, constructed of 100% Western Red Cedar and handcrafted in the USA!

New England weather is unpredictable, and if an early spring frost is in the forecast, raised beds are easy to cover at night so I can get my love of gardening started earlier in...

Susan Mahoney

I'm an avid gardener, cook, and mother of three girls. I've had a lifelong passion for creating beautiful spaces inside and outside the home. My garden philosophy is simple: keep it fun, beautiful, and easy.

Getting back into the garden this spring

Apr3rd 201419 comments
Getting back into the garden this spring

As winter’s last grip of snow and ice slowly melts away, there’s eagerness in us all to get out in the garden and get “something” started. There may be a few cold night distractions or light snow discouragements in our way but spring always happens. Winters like this always welcome the spring in and make it oh so much more worth it. It’s like a kid waiting for cake and ice cream on their birthday, well you’ve got to eat supper first but that cake and ice cream is worth the wait, right? Well we can all get spring started around us. Whether it’s getting a jump on spring projects or maybe...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy. With a passion for...

Time to Plant Cold Tolerant Herbs and Veggies for the Fall

Aug26th 20139 comments
Time to Plant Cold Crops for the Fall

Here we go again. It's that time of year when the veggie garden starts to look old. I've got some tired broccoli that isn't taking too kindly to this hot summer, and some determinate tomatoes that have just about given up the ghost. So does that mean my veggie gardening is over? No way! It means it's time to start my cold crop gardening.

Cold crops are veggies you plant now, that you harvest in late September through November to the first frosts, and sometimes even later. You can plant cold crops either from seed or as ready-grown plants.

Cold Crop Seed Packages:...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy. With a passion for...

Try Some Blueberries

Jul18th 2013
Try Some Blueberries

Taking the whole family blueberry picking is one of the things I love to do most in the beginning of these dog days of summer. Being a great connoisseur of blueberries, I love to see when they start to become available in the states. In early spring, blueberries start ripening in Florida.  As the season progresses, the taste just gets sweeter and crisper as they ripen up the coast until finally pick-your-own blueberry farms open up across the state with the freshest native blueberries.

Now it seems to me that everyone knows about apple picking in the fall and don’t get me...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy. With a passion for...

Keeping Your Veggies Disease Free

Jul19th 20122 comments
Keeping Your Veggies Disease Free

This has been a surprisingly good year as far as diseases in my veggie garden. My tomatoes, cucumbers and squash are all great – ok, I have a little sign of powdery mildew on my zucchini but that’s about it. I think a lot of you must be having a similarly good year because I haven’t seen a lot of people in our garden centers with fungus or disease problems.

As most of you know, I like to use organics on veggies – which means spraying preventively. Organic fungicides work better if you use them before you have a problem as opposed to trying to cure a problem...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy. With a passion for...

It's Tomato Time!

May23rd 20121 comment
It's Tomato Time!

Even though I’ve been plenty busy harvesting lettuce, spinach and other cold crops, I’m really happy that tomato planting time is now upon us. I love to contemplate what tomatoes to grow this year, and to do that I look back on previous year’s results. What performed well? What withstood last year’s drought? But most of all, what was the tastiest? And I don’t look for just a few favorites – I like to plant a pretty wide variety. After all, there are an awful lot of reasons (and recipes) to eat tomatoes.

The 150 lb. crop we grew a couple...

'Uncle' Mike Mahoney - Mahoney’s Garden Centers

Have you’ve seen our herb and vegetable plants and wondered, “Who is Uncle Mike?” Uncle Mike is Michael Mahoney, one of the six second-generation Mahoneys. With a face full of beard and too-well-worn hat, Uncle Mike is a genuine down-to-earth guy. With a passion for...

What to Do in the Garden Right Now

Apr11th 201228 comments
What to Do in the Garden Right Now

It is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. We stock our nursery yards early so the trees and shrubs acclimate to our local climate and “break growth” naturally. You might see some damage to magnolia blossoms but this is the exception in a year like this. It won’t kill the plant, just some flowers. If by some freak of nature the weather DID kill a tree or shrub we have the one year guarantee so it’s on us. BTW: Remember to amend your soil when planting – it’s really important to give your plant a good start. Personally I recommend Mahoney...

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