As the weather warms, gardeners are preparing for the bountiful and beautiful season ahead. This means selecting seeds, preparing the soil, and gathering their tools—including the newest edition of the Almanac Garden Guide—now available!
We’re so proud to share our 2018 Garden Guide with you, our Almanac readers. This year, we really wanted to speak to all of today’s gardeners, whether you live in a city apartment or a home in the suburbs.
This year’s issue is packed with new ideas and inspiration—endless edibles, plants with pizzazz, front-yard foodscapes, guidance on planning a garden path, and more!
Vegetable, Herbs, and Fruit
Taking center stage in this year’s edition is vegetable gardening. Edible gardens big enough to feed a family—or provide fresh produce for co-sharing friends—require room to grow.
The 2018 Garden Guide embraces this idea with specific help on how to replace a lawn with a lush foodscape, making way for seasonal vegetables, herbs, berry bushes, and fruit trees, as well as perennial edibles that can act as foundation plants to add visual interest throughout the seasons.
Speaking of perennials: The 2018 Garden Guide shows readers how to “Plant Once, Pick Forever!” Asparagus, onions, garlic, sunchokes, rhubarb, and other (almost) endless edibles not only use less fertilizer and water than annuals, but also reward gardeners with years of healthy harvests.
Containers and Countertops
Container and countertop gardeners also will find ideas and solutions in The 2018 Garden Guide. Consider: mini vegetables as flavorful as their full-size cousins; dwarf varieties of citrus trees in pots; and container gardens of snack-size veggies or cocktail-ready herbs.
We know the modern gardener is trying to do more with often-limited time, money, and space!
Pick Your Path
The 2018 Garden Guide encourages readers to pick their own path—literally—with advice from renowned garden designer Gordon Hayward, who notes that a path is like a main character that winds its way through a garden’s story. He shares which path is always the most important (hint: it leads to the front door) and how to use a path’s shape, materials, and resting places for mood and narrative.
Around these paths, flowers will always tell a dramatic tale. According to The 2018 Garden Guide, gardens bursting with color will be everywhere in the coming seasons. Articles feature geraniums that change color as they open (from white to rose pink!) and flowers in brighter shades that attract bees and butterflies. Gardeners can plant even more pizzazz with suggestions for summer-flowering beauties, including red-hot pokers—so-called because their brilliantly colored spikes resemble torches— and the showstopping canna lily, which can grow to be 10 feet tall!
Better Ways to Plant
Also in The 2018 Garden Guide, growers can learn how to sow successfully, with the best ways to start vegetable seeds, and two ingenious ways to tie up tomatoes (both methods simplify pruning and harvesting); try a few new tips to critter-proof the garden; increase their “acreage” with a garden tower; and establish aromatic plants that promise four seasons of fragrance.
The definition of what makes a garden has evolved as gardeners have pushed beyond the traditional to experiment with what works best for them. The Garden Guide is a reflection of those changes and is here to provide inspiration and encouragement to help new ideas grow!
Where to Find the Garden Guide
This year, the Garden Guide is available at a budget-friendly price of $4.99 U.S./$5.99 Canadian at plant nurseries, home centers, and wherever books and magazines are sold. A full list of retail stores can be found here.
And look inside the new Garden Guide in our Almanac store—where you will find both print and digital editions—plus, many more gardening resources!