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Protecting the Garden From Frost: Temperature Lows for Vegetables
Here are tips on how to protect your garden from frost and design a garden to reduce frost damage—...
Winter Landscaping: Tune In To The Four Winds
It’s winter, the dormant season. Plant and tree growth has slowed to a crawl or stopped completely...
Plants of the Winter Solstice
Many trees and plants were important to the celebration of the winter solstice (on December 21)...
How Do Christmas Trees Grow?
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for farmers who grow cut-your-own...
How to Make Fire Cider
Fire cider is a traditional tonic made with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. It’s been used...
Fall Cleanup in Vegetable Gardens
To avoid problems next year, start your vegetable garden cleanup tasks in autumn before the weather...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, “Farmer Mike” Valladao is an expert. He shares his tips, tricks, ...
How to Ripen Green Tomatoes
When temperatures begin to drop, tomatoes stop ripening, so it’s time to take action! We will show...
Preparing Your Garden for Winter
After a bountiful season, it’s time to prepare your garden for winter—and ensure a beautiful and...
Planting Cover Crops in the Home Garden
Plant cover crops in the fall to protect and nourish your soil by spring! Also called “green manure...
Whether you use them for carving or cooking, pumpkins do not disappoint. Here’s how to plant, grow...
Planting Garlic in the Fall
Garlic is incredibly useful in the kitchen and surprisingly easy to grow in the garden. Learn how...
Best Apples for Baking and Cooking
Not all apples are ideal for cooking! Below is a chart with some of the best apples for baking and...
Fall Leaves: Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Ever wonder why leaves change color? Did you know that fall’s vivid colors are actually hidden...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
In some places, gladiolus can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, however, they...
Warning: It’s Fruitcake Season!
Soon they will be upon us— hundreds of them. Sodden with alcohol, their massive bodies bulging with...
Celery: Bland and Boring? Not So Fast!
Celery is one of the most underrated vegetables. Most people would never think of this humble stalk...
How Long Do Seeds Last?
How long do garden seeds last? How do you tell if your old seeds are still good? Let’s find out!...
History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are...
You might not think about landscaping in winter, but your yard can be just as beautiful in the...
Winter Squash (and Pumpkin): Cold-Weather Comfort
Nothing speaks of fall and winter like the appearance of winter squashes and pumpkins in stores,...
Gardening for the Birds
Here are five tips for making your backyard more bird-friendly. It takes more than just hanging a...
Cranberries: Get ’Em While You Can
Among only a few native North American fruits cultivated commercially in the modern era,...
Rodent-proof Flower Bulbs
Are you tired of planting tulips and crocus bulbs only to have them disappear because mice and...
Storing Beets with Wood Chips in the Root Cellar
Though I have used sand to store my beets in the root cellar for many years, this year I decided to...
Getting Potatoes Ready for the Root Cellar
Digging potatoes has got to be one of the most pleasurable aspects of gardening. It’s buried...
Preparing Your Garden for Winter
It’s sometimes difficult to motivate yourself to garden when the growing season is over, but there...
Cantaloupes are a delicious, heat-loving melon with a relatively long growing season, making them...
Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as pincher bugs or dermaptera,...
With immense flower heads, hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm in summertime that’s hard to...
How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
See 10 tips on how to cut flowers for a vase—whether you have your own cutting garden or picked up...
No annual is more cheerful or easier to grow than the marigold. These flowers are the spendthrifts...
Dill is an annual, self-seeding plant with feathery green leaves. It is used most commonly in soups...
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days, exactly? The ancient...
Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are native to North America and one of the most popular...
Create a Rain Garden: Two Designs and Plant List
With a rain garden, use—don’t lose—the torrent of rain water that falls on your paved areas and...
Speedy Vegetables to Plant in Summer
Summer is in full swing! By now, the peas and radishes have likely all been picked, the cilantro is...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent mosaic viruses on a variety of plants. What...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent blossom-end rot on your tomatoes and other...
Nasturtium is a cheerful, easy, quick-growing annual flower! They’re colorful, edible flowers, and...
Rose of Sharon and Hardy Hibiscus for the Fall
In mid-fall, most plants have stopped flowering. However, if you’d like an autumn bloomer, fall is...