Plants Articles

It’s red berry time and with bunches of fresh holly leaves and berries or branches of winterberries... read more
In some places, gladiolas can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, though, they... read more
Fall is traditionally the time to plant garlic in many regions. Just like onions and other plants... read more
Celery. Almost every refrigerator holds a sleeve of it. Raw, it’s a grab-and-go food, with a... read more
Are you tired of planting tulips and crocus bulbs only to have them disappear because mice and... read more
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best... read more
Once your fall crops are done, plant cover crops to add nutrients back into the soil and give next... read more
Whether you use them for carving or cooking, pumpkins do not disappoint. Note that pumpkins do... read more
For many years, I have used very dry sand to store my beets and carrots in buckets in the root ... read more
Digging potatoes has got to be one of the most pleasurable aspects of gardening. It’s buried... read more
If you get frost, it’s important to put your garden “to bed.” A thorough fall cleanup means a... read more
(Though roses are shrubs, we have categorized them with flowers since most people tend to look for... 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
The humble beet, steamed, boiled, roasted, pickled, borscht’ed—but especially served raw—has... read more
Do you enjoy using freshly snipped herbs from the garden as much as I do? Now that summer is... 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