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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...
Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are tough little native flowers that draw butterflies, bees,...
Cantaloupes are a delicious, heat-loving melon with a relatively long growing season, making them...
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...
Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are native to North America and one of the most popular...
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 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...
Herb Recipes: Cooking with Fresh Herbs
When herbs are in season, rejoice in recipes that incorporate heavenly rosemary, basil, dill, mint...
Easy Perennial Flowers for Beginners to Plant
Discover easy perennial flowers that are great for beginners, bringing beautiful blooms to your...
Are you growing sweet potatoes? With their deep orange flesh, these edible roots have a naturally-...
What is the Difference Between Spices and Herbs?
What is the difference between spices and herbs? An herb is the green, leafy part of the plant. A...
Garden Guide Recipe Contest Winners
Enter the Almanac Garden Guide Recipe Contest—and enjoy winning recipes from past Garden Guide...
Often grown as annuals, petunias are one of the most popular flowers because of their long...
The Chelsea Chop: Cutting Back Perennials for Better Blooms
What is the Chelsea Chop? A new hairdo or a fancy cut of meat? Nope, it’s just a pruning technique...
Having a Vine Time with Perennial Vines
A few years ago we built a pergola. Nothing fancy, just a rugged 10x10 foot cedar frame outside the...
Four Good Reasons to Deadhead Flowers
Summer is here, and with it come more flowers to enjoy. Of course, they don’t grow themselves, and...
Fresh Blueberry Recipes
One of the healthiest foods on Earth, blueberries are delicious and versatile. We’ve gathered some...
Blackberries, like raspberries, are a very easy berry to grow. Once this native berry is ripe, get...
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
In the kitchen, a fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid...
Summer Recipes: Make the Most of the Food in Season
Ready for summer recipe ideas? We’ve arranged these seasonal recipes by which ingredients are fresh...