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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...
Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees,...
In some places, gladiolus can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, however, they...
Plants of the Winter Solstice
The winter solstice falls on December 21, marking the official start of winter. It is the shortest...
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...
Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus and Easter Cactus
Is your Christmas Cactus blooming in November? You probably have a Thanksgiving Cactus! Yes, there...
The Amazing Ways That Plants Disperse Seeds
In autumn, ever noticed all the seeds scattering? Plants are launching their offspring into the...
Cyclamens: A Christmas Houseplant
Cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) are attractive, easy-care houseplants that will bloom continuously...
December Birth Flowers
December’s flowers may be very different from each other—one being a bulb and the other an...
How to Make Hummingbird Nectar
Who doesn’t love hummingbirds? Learn how to make homemade hummingbird food and attract hummingbirds...
Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Flowers
If you still have unplanted spring bulbs, it’s better to get them in the ground. Some bulbs, such...
Gourds: Types of Gourds, Growing Gourds, Curing Gourds
Good Gourd! What’s with the bumpy, weird-looking decorative squash? We get many questions about...
Spider plants produce a rosette of long, thin, arched foliage that is solid green or variegated...
How to Care for a Christmas Tree
Learn how to choose the perfect Christmas tree—and keep your tree healthy from the beginning. Right...
How to Grow a Bonsai Tree
A few years ago I was given a beautiful bonsai container and decided to try my hand at growing a...
Companion Planting With Herbs
Learn about companion planting with herbs! Plan out your garden now for the greatest success later...
Sweet Potato Facts and Health Benefits
Twenty years ago, our Almanac declared sweet potatoes to be the “healthiest vegetable of them all...
Garden sage is easy to grow—and a wonderful culinary herb that flavors meat and bean dishes (...
Cauliflower is a sun-loving, cool-season crop to grow in spring and fall. It can be a temperamental...
Christmas cacti are a very popular houseplant—and for good reason! When they bloom, they produce...
Garden-grown carrots are full of flavor and texture! They are a popular, long-lasting root...
With immense flower heads, hydrangeas flaunt an old-fashioned charm that is hard to resist....
Cabbage is a hardy, leafy vegetable full of vitamins. By planning your growing season and providing...
When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas can sometimes be a tricky plant to care for, so it is important to learn when to prune...
Best Indoor Plants for Low Light
Less water, less light, and less care. If you’re like most people, you have little time to fuss...
5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin
One of many traditions is to pick pumpkins for Halloween! Here are 5 tips on how to pick the...
Lupines, with their colorful spikes, are some of the most popular garden perennials of them!...
Chrysanthemums or “mums” are associated with autumn, appearing in jewel colors in garden centers in...
Seasonal Crafts: Apple Heads
The Native American art of making apple heads is both easy and fun. Follow these easy instructions...