Plants Articles

Here’s The Old Farmer’s Almanac guide to regional U.S. cover crops. ​Or, see our regional Canadian... read more
Learn how to store your vegetables, fruits, and herbs—so that they keep longer and stay fresher!... 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
Celery. Almost every refrigerator holds a sleeve of it. Raw, it’s a grab-and-go food, with a... 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... 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... 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,... 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. ... 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 ... 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