Plants Articles

Delphiniums are perennials grown for their showy spikes of colorful summer flowers in gorgeous... read more
Squash is a seasonal vegetable. It is very susceptible to frost and heat damage, but with proper... read more
Our “Gardening by the Moon” calendar is a longtime Old Farmer’s Almanac tradition. According to... read more
Sweet corn is an annual with yellow, white, and bi-colored ears. A long, frost-free growing season... read more
Ever wish you could have an apple orchard in your backyard? You can—in the space of a single tree—... read more
Parsley is a biennial plant with bright green, featherlike leaves and is in the same family as dill... read more
Celery is a long-season crop that can be tricky to grow, some might say, the trickiest of all. It... read more
Mint is a perennial with very fragrant, toothed leaves and tiny purple, pink, or white flowers. It... read more
There’s nothing homelier—or, homier—than a steaming bowl of ordinary green/brown lentil soup. But,... read more
If you are in need of some flowering companions to get you through the cold days of winter, look... read more
Last summer we harvested a bumper crop of Anaheim-type chili peppers, many of which I roasted,... read more
One vegetable that I love but had never grown before this year is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes... read more
Learn how to store your vegetables, fruits, and herbs—so that they keep longer and stay fresher!... read more
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find... read more
With immense flower heads,hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist. Colors... read more
Do you enjoy using freshly snipped herbs from the garden as much as I do? Now that summer is... read more
Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy.... read more
With canned tomatoes, enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long... read more
Blueberries are easy to freeze. Anyone can do it! Whether you grow blueberries, pick them, or find... read more
Bees and butterflies have been experiencing drastic declines in the past few years. Many believe... read more
Here are some fun facts about cranberries, an American native and a favorite seasonal ingredient in... read more
Beet greens, spinach and Swiss chard are lovely, nutritious vegetables that can be tucked into the... read more
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post... read more
Drying is one of the oldest forms of preservation in the world. Virtually all indigenous tribes... read more
Yes, you can grow your own avocado tree from a pit—if you have patience. Remove the pit from an... read more
Have you considered trying an over-the-counter (OTC) herbal remedy to treat a medical condition, or... read more
The first Thanksgiving dinner really did include pumpkin pie.  Pilgrim cooks hollowed out small... read more
My yard is abuzz with bees from early Spring until late October.  Sometimes, I have to swat them... read more
Like you, I’m harvesting vegetables and fruits from my garden and preparing them for storage.  I... read more
After Labor Day, I can feel and see the slowing of photosynthesis as plants wind down their season... read more
 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

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