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(Though roses are shrubs, we have categorized them with flowers since most people tend to look for...
Best Apples for Baking
Below is a chart with some of the best baking and cooking apples in North America. Almost any apple...
Whether you use them for carving or cooking, pumpkins do not disappoint. Note that pumpkins do...
Plants of the Winter...
Winter solstice occurs at almost midnight on December 21, marking the official start of winter. It...
Keeping Your Christmas...
While most of us only think about Christmas trees in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees,...
Poinsettias: Plant Care...
No plant symbolizes Christmas quite like the poinsettia. More than 2 million of them will be sold...
Happy Holly Days
It’s red berry time and with bunches of fresh holly leaves and berries or branches of winterberries...
Winter Squash (and...
Nothing speaks of fall and winter like the appearance of winter squashes and pumpkins in stores,...
In some places, gladiolas can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, though, they...
Planting Garlic in the...
Fall is traditionally the time to plant garlic in many regions. Just like onions and other plants...
Celery: Bland and...
Celery. Almost every refrigerator holds a sleeve of it. Raw, it’s a grab-and-go food, with a...
Are you tired of planting tulips and crocus bulbs only to have them disappear because mice and...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best...
Cover Crops for U.S.
Once your fall crops are done, plant cover crops to add nutrients back into the soil and give next...
A New Way to Store...
For many years, I have used very dry sand to store my beets and carrots in buckets in the root ...
Getting Potatoes Ready...
Digging potatoes has got to be one of the most pleasurable aspects of gardening. It’s buried...
Putting the Garden to...
If you get frost, it’s important to put your garden “to bed.” A thorough fall cleanup means a...
How to Can Tomatoes
With canned tomatoes, enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long...
National Watermelon Day...
August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the...
Plants That Repel...
Which plants repel mosquitoes and other insects in the backyard and garden? And it’s not just...
Old-Fashioned Hair Care...
To care for your hair, consider some old-fashioned or what we like to call “tried-and-true” ...
Broccoli is a cool-season crop that, like spinach, can be grown in the spring or fall. In fact, you...
Pole and bush beans (more commonly called green beans) are a tender vegetable and a great addition...
Peas are a cool-season crop, now coming in three separate varieties to suit your garden and cooking...
Best Tomato Recipes
Here are some delicious recipes with tomatoes, especially if you’re flush with fresh tomatoes after...
In, then out, of a...
When an Almanac colleague and gardener greeted me one day with,”Good morning! I left a bag of...
Welcome to our Growing Guides to vegetables, herbs, and fruit! Planting a vegetable garden? Our...
Cauliflower is a cool-season crop and a descendant of the common cabbage. It is more difficult to...
This super-cold-hardy vegetable is a tender crop that can be planted in very early spring as well...
Cabbage is a hardy, leafy vegetable full of vitamins. It can be difficult to grow; it only likes...
Chives are a perennial member of the onion family that sport beautiful purple flowers. Chives are...
What we commonly refer to as ‘cantaloupe’ is actually not true cantaloupe, rather, a type of...
Mint is a perennial with very fragrant, toothed leaves and tiny purple, pink, or white flowers. It...
Sweet cherries are the ones most often found in markets. They have a thick, rich, and almost plumb-...
These sweet, juicy berries are treats when right off the plant. Supermarket berries tend to be tart...
Cucumbers are a warm-season vegetable planted outside in the ground no earlier than 2 weeks after...
Where to buy tomatoes: Burpee Gardening Tomatoes are America’s favorite garden vegetable. (Yes, we...
Geraniums are a longtime favorite of Almanac gardeners. They are easy to grow, colorful, and many...
Aloe Vera has variegated leaves that flow out from its center base. Aloe can be kept in a pot in...
Peaches are a well-known, delicious fruit that can be grown right at home. The trick to growing...
Ever wish you could have an apple orchard in your backyard? You can—in the space of a single tree—...
Fall Planting Guide
Here’s a handy fall planting guide to help you decide what vegetables to plant in the fall garden...
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