Our 2015 Garden Guide Is Here!

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide is out! Spring is quickly approaching, so this is the perfect preparation guide to have on hand. Take a look at a few of the many articles that will be featured!

Our 2015 Garden Guide Is Here!

Comfort Me With Crab Apples
Ornamental crab apples have everything for the gardener: moderate size, a dazzling display of exquisite flowers, colorful and tasty fruit, and adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions.

Want to know where to start? Choose a tree that is perfect for you:

  • Consider how much room you have
  • Flower, leaf, and fruit color also offer choices
  • Be sure to select for disease resistance

See more tips on selecting and maintaining your crab apple tree in the Garden Guide!

Welcome to the Cole Clan
This year’s garden can pack a punch by including members of the Brassica family.

Raise the nutritional value of your homegrown meals by giving broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi a try. These members of the Brassica family are often referred to as cole crops or crucifiers because of their four-petal, cross-shape leaves.

Make the Most of These T-O-P Vegetables
Grow the very best tomatoes, onions, and potatoes.

Make space for this trio of got-to-grow veggies in your garden plot. They are staples in the kitchen and among the most foolproof vegetables to cultivate.

  • If tomatoes fall off the vine before they’re ripe, a handy trick is to place them in a paper bag with the stem up and store them in a cool, dark place.
  • Onion varieties are classified in two categories: long-day, best grown in northern regions, and short-day, best in southern regions.
  • Potatoes need consistent moisture, so water regularly when tubers start to form.

How Low Can You Go?
Lower your maintenance and increase your happiness when landscaping.

‘Low maintenance’ became a guiding principle. Now, as I design and work with folks who want to maintain their own gardens while living busy lives, low maintenance is essential.” Use garden curator Sarah F. Price’s guidelines and techniques in your own garden this upcoming year.

These are the three most important ways to keep your garden simple:

  • Thoroughly mulch
  • Weed on time
  • Water deeply and infrequently

If you enjoyed these teasers, read the full articles plus so much more advice in our Garden Guide!

*Garden Guide available online now and in stores March 10, 2015

~ By  Almanac Staff

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Cannot find guide for where I

Cannot find guide for where I live...north of Phoenix in Prescott AZ in the granite dells: surrounded by rocks and lots of native trees/foliage at 6000'. Different than Prescott itself... with cacti, succulents and also pine and scrub oak. Some areas seem perfect for gardening, other areas sandy soil with cacti. Any ideas?

Hi Lynne,  The Garden Guide

Hi Lynne, 
The Garden Guide should be available wherever you would find the Almanac--major booksellers, home & garden outlets like Wal-Mart and Home Depot. You can also always order copies at Almanac.com/GardenGuide. 
The Gardening section on this page would be a good place to start to look for information for your particular needs. In addition, the Almanac has a Garden Planner app that can tailor a gardening plan for you based on your conditions and what you want to plant. Here's a link for more information: http://www.almanac.com/content...
Best of luck!

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