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Plants of the Winter Solstice
Many trees and plants were traditionally important to the celebration of the winter solstice (on...
The Legend of the Poinsettia as a Christmas Plant
The poinsettia is America’s most popular flowering holiday plant! Native to Mexico, the plant is...
How Do Christmas Trees Grow?
These days, many of us found our Christmas tree at a garden supply store or a local church selling...
10 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter
How do you put your garden to bed for winter? See 10 tips on how to winterize your garden beds—from...
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 to Boost Health
Fire cider is a traditional folk recipe made with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. It’s a...
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...
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...
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...
Homemade Backyard Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Ice cream is always fun for celebration! Enjoy our chocolate chip ice cream with fresh mint for a...
If you plan to enter the world of growing fruit, strawberries are one of the easiest fruit to grow...
New and Notable Plants for 2021
What’s new in the garden for 2021? Here are some suggestions of new and notable plants—both...
10 Salads That Are Hearty and Healthy
Want a healthy salad that’s also satisfying? Here are 10 salad recipes that are filling and hearty...
10 Romantic Flowers for Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon (February 14) and if you’d rather not buy flowers that will wilt...
Best Milkweed Varieties for Monarch Butterflies
Monarch butterfly populations have declined by a shocking 90% over the past 20 years! One thing we...
Garden Guide Recipe Contest Winners
Enter the annual Almanac Garden Guide Recipe Contest—and enjoy winning recipes from past Garden...
The sunny orange blossoms on my Clivia miniata plant contrast nicely with the bleak landscape...
Vegetable Growing Guide
In one handy chart, the Almanac Vegetables Growing Guide summarizes when start seeds indoor and...
These Sputnik-shaped vegetables may look alien, but their fast growth and great taste make them...
Lettuce is one of our favorite garden greens because it is far superior—in both taste and vitamin A...
Tomatoes are not hard to grow; they’re incredibly productive, versatile in the kitchen, and so...
Traditionally, cabbage seeds were planted on St. Patrick’s Day in northern zones. Old-time farmers...
Birth Month Flowers and Their Meanings
Do you know your birth flower? Consult this list of all the monthly birth flowers to find yours and...
11 Ways to Reuse or Recycle a Christmas Tree
Twelfth Night is the traditional day on which many people take down their Christmas tree and...
Winter Care for Houseplants
Winter is when we need to see green plants the most, but environmental factors such as dry air,...
Planting Tulip Bulbs in Winter
Tulip bulbs are typically planted in the fall, but what happens when you forget to plant them and...
How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
Here’s advice from flower farmers on how to keep your cut flowers fresh in a vase—and the best cut...
The Christmas cactus is a very popular houseplant—and for good reason! When they bloom, they...
How to Grow Bean Sprouts Indoors
It’s so easy to grow bean sprouts inside, especially when the weather’s wintry or unpleasant...
The aloe vera plant is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion. Aloe...
Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Of all the plants used in Christmas decor, not many have as...
How to Grow Paperwhites
Paperwhite narcissus, with their clusters of fragrant, small, white flowers, have to be the easiest...
The bright yellow blooms of daffodils are a wonderful sign of spring—but do you know how and when ...
December Birth Flowers
December’s flowers may be very different from each other—one being a bulb and the other an...