Articles by: Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch

Barbara Damrosch’s latest book is “The Four Season Gardener’s Cookbook.”
  • Life’s a bowl of ground cherries

    Life’s a bowl of ground cherries

    Every year I try out something new in the garden. It might be a hybrid making a heralded debut or an old-time crop making a comeback. This year’s experiment, husk cherry (Physalis pruinosa, also called ground cherry), is something of a wild child, not a cherry at all but an unimproved tomato relative. The golden,

  • The wonder of compost

    The wonder of compost

    There ought to be a Sir Albert Howard Day, on which we celebrate the founding of the organic movement. It was that British agronomist and writer, after all, whose work inspired the American author J.I. Rodale to part the chemical sea that had flooded agriculture after World War II and lead so many of our

  • How sweet it is

    How sweet it is

    Sweet corn is not a great crop for the home garden. It takes up a lot of space and is a hungry feeder. A windstorm can blow it down. Its season is short. And then there are the raccoons, which always know just when the corn is perfectly sweet and tender and show up for

  • Let your taste buds bloom

    Let your taste buds bloom

    Just as summer follows spring, fruit follows flower, and August is the fruiting time of year in my garden. But at one moment at the end of the month, that was irrelevant. “You wouldn’t by any chance have any edible flowers, would you?” asked my visiting chef friend Joshua McFadden as he set about fixing