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Hyacinth bulbs are planted in the fall and borne in spring. The Victorians revered hyacinths for...
Growing Vegetables in...
Many readers ask how they can grow vegetables and fruit in the shade. A shady spot may not be the...
Gardeners curse the ubiquitous dandelion and its pervasive nature. They pop up everywhere in spring...
Fruit Kvass Recipe:...
Fruit kvass is an exceptionally easy-to-make fermented probiotic drink, and you can find a great...
A Spring Tonic, using the early greens of spring, may be just the thing you need to get through...
December Birth Flowers
December’s flowers may be very different from each other, one being a bulb and the other an...
November Birth Flower
November’s birth flower recalls the vibrant colors of October’s autumn leaves. What is the Flower...
October Birth Flowers
Both of October’s flowers are colorful annuals that thrive in full sun. What is the Flower for the...
June Birth Flowers
June’s birth month flowers are among the most fragrant of all. What is the Flower for the Month...
April Birth Flowers
By April, spring’s in full swing, and these birth month flowers are ready to express its happy...
March Birth Flowers
When the flowers begin to emerge in March, it seems that these cheery yellow blooms are among the...
Growing the Siberian...
When you hear the word “iris,” do you see a big bearded beauty rising up above swordlike leaves?...
More Good Reasons to...
Think about plants. We can learn from the way they keep themselves healthy, and there are many ways...
Plant Guides: Flowers,...
Our Growing Guides for flowers cover popular annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, and shrubs—as well...
Kale: Can’t get into it...
I knew I hadn’t failed childrearing entirely the night my young daughter walked into the kitchen...
When to Plant Peas
“Plant peas as soon as the ground can be worked” is a popular saying in the gardening world....
Pulses Recipes: Cooking...
Here are 12 delicious recipes using pulses—lentils, peas, beans, and other dried legumes. What are ...
Growing Onions From...
Seed starting has begun at our house and the first vegetables we start from seed indoors are the...
Ready for a tropical interlude? Luckily, I only had to go as far as our state’s Orchid Society’s...
Ponytail Palms are a great, long-lived indoor plant. (Despite it’s name and palm-like appearance,...
Sedum is a perennial with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped...
Jade plants can grow to a height of 24 inches when indoors. They have a shrub-like form with thick...
Carrots: Health Benefits
Carrots offer even more health benefits than the Vitamin A you might know about. Plus they’re...
Houseplants Clear the...
To save on heating bills, most of us have insulated our homes to the max, replaced drafty old...
Thyme is a small perennial shrub with lots of branches and light purple to pink flowers. It’s...
Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. It is a pungent and distinctive plant...
Parsley is a biennial plant with bright green, featherlike leaves and is in the same family as dill...
Celery is a long-season crop that can be tricky to grow, some might say, the trickiest of all. It...
Find out how to overwinter rosemary and grow rosemary indoors to keep this wonderful herb growing...
How to Preserve Herbs,...
Preserving crops in vinegars is a great way to capture the aromas of herbs and other home-grown...
African Violet Care:...
African violets are a beautiful indoor plant, so find out how to grow and care for African violets...
Hot Peppers for Health...
Last summer we harvested a bumper crop of Anaheim-type chili peppers, many of which I roasted,...
Sweet Potato Experiment
One vegetable that I love but had never grown before this year is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes...
Fast Growing Trees for...
You don’t have to wait a lifetime for a newly planted tree to grow big enough to hold a bird feeder...
How to Save Your Tomato...
Growing heritage or heirloom tomatoes helps preserve this fantastic diversity of fruit for future ...
Grab an Apple
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find...
Windowsill Herb Garden
Do you enjoy using freshly snipped herbs from the garden as much as I do? Now that summer is...
Parsley: Don’t Leave It...
Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy....
Summer Corn Chowder
I love a lot of things about summer, but one in particular is the sweet crunch of fresh corn on the...
Cooking Fresh: Summer...
Garrison Keillor once said that July is the only time of year when country people lock their cars...
Helping the Bees and...
Bees and butterflies have been experiencing drastic declines in the past few years. Many believe...
Kale Salad Recipe From...
Today, we are making a fantastic kale salad recipe from the new 2015 edition of The Old Farmer's...
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