Plants Articles

 Strategic Moves, Stuart Wood’s New York Times best-selling mystery, is one of my favorite books,... read more
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent blossom-end rot on your tomatoes and garden ... read more
All the historical, antique, or heirloom plants in my gardens put on spectacular shows.  I’ve... read more
From Georgia to Quebec to my currently frigid Wisconsin, it’s time to plant bare root roses.  If... read more
Are you having trouble finding impatiens in garden centers this spring?  Did the ones you planted... read more
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of imported cabbageworm. What are ... read more
I thought I’d seen all the new stuff for 2013.  Wrong!  Two veteran seed companies have sprung a... read more
I couldn’t believe what I saw on Facebook a couple weeks ago—lettuce growing in a glass of water. ... read more
Every seed you plant is a GMO (genetically modified organism), including heirloom and organic seeds... read more
I love purple, from my favorite plum designer-knockoff handbag to violet pansies in my late winter ... read more
Seed catalogue companies mostly send out their magazines in December. This is the period when most... read more
So many gorgeous flowers and too little space!  That’s my dilemma as I pore over the seed catalogs... read more
The first one arrived in mid-November.  My mailbox still overflows daily with garden catalogs.  I... read more
Canning and freezing—as methods to preserve food—are relatively new in the Grand Scheme of ... read more
My son asked me Thanksgiving night what I wanted for Christmas.  Like he had to ask?  We gardeners... read more
Peppers are such a lovely fruit. They come in many different colors, sizes and hotness. A green... read more
Outdoor gardening has ended for most of us north of an imaginary line drawn from Los Angeles... read more
Yes, I sleep with bananas all winter long.  A ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ banana plant, that is.  It’s... read more
New England state fairs made pumpkin history in late September. Just one day after a New Hampshire... read more
I love sunflowers. They are so bright, beautiful, colorful and practical. I admire that, until the... read more
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most... read more
Garlic is a wonderful and powerful savory addition. It jazzes up many recipes and also contains... read more
If you garden in an area not affected by drought, you may wonder why I’m obsessing.  #1: High... read more
Broccoli has many followers and also abundant detractors. For those who have only tasted the... read more
Every gardener who has grown zucchini and other summer squash types such as patty pan and yellow... read more
Mint is an invasive thug in my garden and everyone else’s.  Runners spread rapidly and can choke... read more
Thinning Vegetables 2 Thinning vegetables in the garden is a chore that lasts for most of the... read more
Wild violets (genus Viola, many species; probably escaped from cultivation) pop up everywhere and... read more
A trio of perennial plant “stars” are lighting up my drought-stricken garden this summer.  Two... read more
Thinning the vegetable and herb crops, I think, is one of the hardest jobs in the garden. Once the... read more
Pressed flowers make lovely cards, pictures, pretty boxes, and much more. Here's instructions on... read more
I find that getting seeds to germinate properly is the most difficult aspect of planting the garden... read more
Here are tips on how to identify, eliminate, and control squash bugs. What are Squash Bugs?... read more
Here are tips on how to identify, eliminate, and control the squash vine borer. What are Squash... read more
The only hybrid tea rose that will survive in my -20F winters is ‘Cherry Parfait’.  It’s beautiful... read more
I never plan ahead with my desserts unless it's a special occasion. So, the old-fashioned fruit... read more
Last blog I asked you what edibles you would plant if you were limited to only three.  The response... read more
You’ve seen herbal vinegars in upscale food boutiques and catalogues, usually stoppered or corked... read more
It’s that time of year: Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even some side-of-the-road vegetable vendors... read more
Everyone knows about birthstones: the special stone assigned to each month. Each of them has a... read more

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