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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...
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...
In some places, gladiolus can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, however, they...
Celery: Bland and Boring? Not So Fast!
Celery is one of the most underrated vegetables. Most people would never think of this humble stalk...
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,...
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...
Easy Perennial Plants for a Low-Maintenance Garden
Find out how to create an easy, carefree garden with beautiful and low-maintenance perennial plants...
Hyacinth and Muscari
Hyacinth bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom beautifully in the spring. Here’s a guide to...
Gladiolus is a classic perennial known for its tall flower spikes and large, colorful blooms. A...
How to Grow Your Own Salad Greens
Growing your own salad greens will put a world of fresh ingredients at your fingertips. Whether you...
Garden-grown carrots are full of flavor and texture! They are a popular, long-lasting root...
Coneflowers: 7 Best Echinacea Varieties
Coneflower, or Echinacea, is my favorite native American plant. This rugged pollinator magnet comes...
What’s a Spring Tonic? While the vernal equinox may mark the moment of spring, the appearance of...
Our Growing Tomatoes Guide covers everything from planting through harvesting! Tomatoes are not...
Traditionally, cabbage seeds were planted on St. Patrick’s Day in northern zones. Old-time farmers...
Why You Should Plant Annual Flowers
Annual flowers are like Rodney Dangerfield: They “don’t get no respect.” However, if you have no...
If you want to plant horseradish, now is the time! Spring is the season—but only in places where...
Broccoli is a sun-loving, cool-season crop that is best grown in the spring or fall. It’s also...
Favorite Rhubarb Recipes
Ready for rhubarb recipes? We love the classic rhubarb pie, but you also can’t go wrong with a...
A staple in our garden, beets grow easily and you won’t have to wait long until harvesting their...
Chives are a perennial member of the onion family that sport beautiful edible flowers. Here’s how...
Crop Rotation Chart for Small Vegetable Garden
Even if you grow a small vegetable garden, it’s smart to arrange your crops to avoid pests and...
Growing Hellebores: The Christmas Rose and the Lenten Rose
The earliest plants to blossom in my garden are the snowdrops. While they are a welcome sign of...
Colorful Coleus Plant Varieties for the Garden
As a young girl, one of my first plants was a coleus grown from a cutting my grandmother gave me. I...
Known for its colorful foliage, Coleus is a wonderful, low-maintance plant to add to summer flower...
Growing Sprouts vs. Microgreens
Winter is a great time for experimenting. Since I was feeling starved for green, growing goodness...
The old-fashioned bleeding heart is a favorite perennial of the shady flower garden and was called...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
What does each flower symbolize? Which flowers represent love, hope, healing, loss, and good luck?...
Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both...
Peas are one of the first crops we plant in the spring. The taste of garden-grown peas is nothing...