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The Many Health Benefits of Pumpkin and Winter Squash
Time to turn to pumpkins and sweet, orange-fleshed hubbards, buttercups, butternuts, and acorns for...
How to Make Fire Cider
Fire cider is a traditional folk recipe made with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. It’s a...
Preparing Your Garden for Winter
How do you put your garden to bed for winter? See our tips on how to winterize your garden beds—...
The Best Apples for Baking and Cooking
Not all apples are ideal for cooking! On this page, we list the best apples for baking and cooking—...
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. The best...
Planting Cover Crops in the Home Garden
Planting cover crops in the fall is becoming more popular, even in small gardens. These plants have...
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 Ripen Green Tomatoes
When temperatures begin to drop, tomatoes stop ripening, so it’s time to take action! We will show...
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...
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...
How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin
Giant pumpkins are in the news at harvesttime. Wondering how to grow a huge pumpkin? See the record...
Spring-Flowering Bulbs to Plant in Fall
Fall is the time to plant bulbs! There’s nothing more uplifting than seeing the first early spring...
Fall Foraging: Connecting With Nature
Foraging is simply the act of gathering wild foods in nature. Think wild blackberries, nuts, and...
15 Favorite Pumpkin Recipes: Both Sweet and Savory!
We’ve added MORE pumpkin recipes to our collection! See top-rated recipes for Pumpkin Walnut Cake,...
Crop Rotation: How to Rotate Your Vegetable Crops
Crop rotation is key to a successful vegetable garden after the first year. It’s important to grow...
How to Cook a Pumpkin
Here’s how to clean and cook pumpkins two different ways. Plus, if you’re cooking your own pumpkins...
How to Store Vegetables and Fruit to Keep It Fresh
Not all produce should be stored in the refrigerator! Learn how to properly store different types...
The aloe vera plant is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion. Aloe...
How to Dry Flowers from the Garden
Have you tried air-drying flowers to brighten those gray days of fall and winter? Here’s how to dry...
Plump, juicy blueberries aren’t just delicious. They’re high in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and...
Onions are a cold-season crop, easy to grow because of their hardiness. By midsummer, you can begin...
Orchids have no equal: They are breathtakingly beautiful, delicate, long-blooming, long-lived,...
The Poisonous Berries of Fall
This fall—in the yard and in the woods—be on the lookout for deceptively beautiful berries. Some of...
How to Care for Lavender in Winter
Lavender grows best outdoors, but you can also keep these aromatic gems alive over the winter. Plus...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
How do you carve a pumpkin? Whether you are a beginner or an expert, “Farmer Mike” Valladao has...
How to Press Flowers and Leaves
Pressing flowers and preserving foliage are not only enjoyable activities but also let you capture...
November Birth Flower
November’s birth flower, the chrysanthemum, recalls the vibrant colors of autumn leaves. Learn...
Gourds: Types of Gourds, Growing Gourds, Curing Gourds
Good Gourd! What’s with the bumpy, weird-looking decorative squash? We get many questions about...
Houseplant Care Guide
Here are quick tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. From knowing how often to water to...
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley is a woodland plant with attractive green foliage and tiny, bell-shaped, white...
Arborvitae are a popular and attractive evergreen tree that are commonly used in landscaping. Here’...
5 Reasons You Should Eat Cabbage
If you haven’t eaten cabbage in a while, we urge you to look again at this healthy, unsung hero of...
Grow dahlias for gorgeous, colorful flowers that bloom from midsummer through autumn, when many...
Cannas are among the most colorful summer bulbs—as flamboyant as their tropical American ancestry—...
Gladiolus is a classic perennial known for its tall flower spikes and large, colorful blooms. Great...