Gardening Articles

If you’re like me and can never have too many flowers, now is the time to plan a cutting garden so you can have your... 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
Ever walked the winding path of a labyrinth? My mother-in-law has created a beautiful outdoor... read more
After Labor Day, I can feel and see the slowing of photosynthesis as plants wind down their season... read more
When Greg Grant, then a Texas A&M University Extension agent, told me about bottle trees and... 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
Skunks are handsome, skunks have style—the nobility of that roly-poly, ambling gait! Long live the... read more
Thinning crops is one of the most important aspects of gardening. Each and every plant needs to... read more
All the historical, antique, or heirloom plants in my gardens put on spectacular shows.  I’ve... read more
I’m at constant war with the critters that assault my gardens all year long.  Even in winter, deer... read more
Have you always wanted to have grapes in your backyard? Or, do you have an old grapevine that has... read more
From Georgia to Quebec to my currently frigid Wisconsin, it’s time to plant bare root roses.  If... read more
It’s time to start dreaming of a garden. You whip out your seed packets and cheerfully gaze at the... read more
Are you having trouble finding impatiens in garden centers this spring?  Did the ones you planted... read more
Birds are a welcome addition to the garden, but if the crows are devouring your corn and the jays... 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
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
Did you save seed packets from prior gardening seasons? Here is a system to test your garden seeds... 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
Yes, I sleep with bananas all winter long.  A ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ banana plant, that is.  It’s... read more
New England state fairs made pumpkin history in late September. Just one day after a New Hampshire... read more
A week ago, I waved goodbye to the last Monarch butterflies that hatched in my garden on the... read more
I love sunflowers. They are so bright, beautiful, colorful and practical. I admire that, until the... read more
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most... read more
Gardeners take for granted their ability to plant, rake, weed and deadhead.  However, when sudden... read more
Garlic is a wonderful and powerful savory addition. It jazzes up many recipes and also contains... read more
If you garden in an area not affected by drought, you may wonder why I’m obsessing.  #1: High... read more
Broccoli has many followers and also abundant detractors. For those who have only tasted the... read more
Every gardener who has grown zucchini and other summer squash types such as patty pan and yellow... read more

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