• Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint
  • Ginseng Season: It's Harvest Time, But Botanists Urge Restraint

    In Vermont, the legal season for collecting wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) runs from September 1 through October 31, making this a good time to follow up on a 2008 Local Banquet article by biologist Rick Enser, "A Gathering Storm." Wild ginseng populations had fallen to concerning levels when he wrote his piece in 2008, what has happened since? 

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Ellen Ecker Ogden

Ellen Ecker Ogden

Ellen Ecker Ogden gardens in Manchester. Her new book, The Complete Kitchen Garden, available in bookstores, features themed kitchen garden designs with seasonal recipes.

The Art of Growing Food

Ellen Ecker Ogden | March 01, 2011 | 2011

Ellen

Gardeners can always learn from other gardeners, and I’ll admit that some of my best ideas have come from visiting other gardens and drawing from the past. We all start with the same basic ingredients—seeds, soil, and plants—yet the art of growing food can be expressed by a kitchen garden that goes beyond the practical straight rows of a vegetable garden to include herbs, flowers, and vegetables planted with a creative eye to balance color and height and to create an ornamental edible landscape.

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