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Whether you use them for carving or cooking, pumpkins do not disappoint. Here’s how to plant, grow...
In some places, gladiolus can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, however, they...
Preparing Your Garden for Winter
After a bountiful season, it’s time to prepare your garden for winter—and ensure a beautiful and...
How to Make Fire Cider
Fire cider boosts your health with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. See how to make this...
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...
Plants of the Winter Solstice
The winter solstice falls on December 21, marking the official start of winter. It is the shortest...
Keeping Your Christmas Tree Fresh
While most of us think about Christmas trees only in December, for growers of cut-your-own trees,...
Planting Garlic in the Fall
Garlic is incredibly useful in the kitchen and surprisingly easy to grow in the garden. Learn how...
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...
Cover Crops for U.S.
Once your fall crops are done, replenish the soil for the months ahead with cover crops—and give...
You might not think about landscaping in winter, but your yard can be just as beautiful in the...
Happy Holly Days
It’s red berry time and with bunches of fresh holly leaves and berries or branches of winterberries...
Winter Squash (and Pumpkin): Cold-Weather Comfort
Nothing speaks of fall and winter like the appearance of winter squashes and pumpkins in stores,...
How to Ripen Green Tomatoes
When temperatures begin to drop, tomatoes stop ripening so it’s time to take action! Fruits can be...
Rodent-proof Flower Bulbs
Are you tired of planting tulips and crocus bulbs only to have them disappear because mice and...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best...
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...
Are Sweet Potatoes Yams?
Are sweet potatoes the same as yams? No… and yes. Here’s the scoop. Are Sweet Potatoes Yams?...
Radishes are a hardy, easy-to-grow root vegetable that can be planted multiple times in a growing...
Flower Meanings: The Language of Flowers
Do you know the Language of Flowers? Many flowers, herbs, trees, and other plants traditionally...
Drying Herbs and Vegetables
Consider drying your herbs and late-harvest vegetables to keep them longer. Drying is one of the...
Garlic is best planted in mid-autumn.See our tips on both planting and harvesting garlic. It’s so...
Sweet Potato Facts and Benefits
Twenty years ago, our Almanac declared sweet potatoes to be the “healthiest vegetable of them all...
How To Protect Your Plants From Frost and Freeze
Is Jack Frost nipping at your plants? One of the worries of gardeners, especially in the North, is...
It's Tulip Time: Go "Wild" With Species Varieties
Every day in spring, I search the entrance to my wooded garden, looking for signs that Tulipa tarda...
Surprising Uses for the Humble Potato
Our modern potato came from southern Peru, domesticated there 7,000 to 10,000 years ago. Humble,...
November Birth Flower
November’s birth flower, the chrysanthemum, recalls the vibrant colors of October’s autumn leaves....
What is Witch Hazel?
Witch hazel is a shrub that blooms in late fall and can make for both a valuable landscaping plant...
The aloe vera plant is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion. Aloe...
History of the Jack-O'-Lantern
Where did the tradition of Jack-o’-lantern come from? Here’s the one-minute history of this...
Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tricks
Whether this is your first attempt at carving a pumpkin or your hundredth, there are many...
Low-Light, Low-Care Houseplants
Less water, less light, and less care. If you’re like most people, you have little time to fuss...
How to Make Apple Cider With an Apple Press
My friends received an apple cider press for a wedding present long ago and invites us all over to...
Container Gardening with Vegetables
Want to have more control over growing conditions and enjoy higher yields with a lot less work?...
Long live the tulip! This brightly colored jewel announces spring’s arrival, along with the cheery...
Wandering Jews, also called spiderworts, are valued for the stripes of white, green, silver, and...
How to Press Flowers and Leaves
Pressing flowers is a lovely way to preserve a memory, create a lovely card or framed print, and...
Root Cellars: Handle Your Harvest With Care
If you’re planning to store your produce in a root cellar or something similar, here are tips to...
How to Store Apples Over Winter
Fall brings an abundance of juicy apples. But what to do with them all? See our short video on how...
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...
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