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When to Water Your...
How much water do you really need? When is the best time to water your vegetables? See our tips on
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Eggplants—also known as aubergine or brinjal—are warm-weather vegetables that are harvested in mid...
Thyme is a wonderful herb with a pleasant, pungent, clover flavor. It smells like summer to us!...
Lettuce is one of our favorite garden vegetables because it is far superior—in both taste and...
When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit
How do you know when fruit and vegetables are ready to pick? Whether you are a gardener or a...
Best Shrubs for Making Privacy Hedges
During summertime, we’re all excited to enjoy outdoor living again. If nosy/noisy neighbors are...
Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as pincher bugs or dermaptera,...
Did you know that the modern blueberry is a 20th-century invention? Before the 1900s, the only way...
The Dog Days of Summer
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The answer might surprise you. Enjoy this page...
How to Make Berry Jam
Learn how to make jam in no time! Here’s a quick and easy berry jam recipe with just two...
The tall, beautiful iris, named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows, comes in many magical...
Squash Vine Borer
Are your squash plants suddenly struggling? It could be the work of a squash vine borer. Here are...
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a native North American plant that’s popular with pollinators and...
How to Make Dill Pickles
Learn how to make dill pickles the “old-fashioned” way. Pickling is a great way to store excess...
Reasons to Use Row Covers
If you are searching for a chemical-free way to defeat the insects that threaten your crops, have...
Poison Oak: Identification and Treatment
“Leaves of three, let it be!” “Hairy vine, no friend of mine!” Learn how to spot poison oak, tell...
Big, fat, and green! Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of tomato hornworms in...
What are those bugs on your squash? Squash bugs, probably. Here are tips on how to identify,...
Hydrangea Varieties for Every Garden
“What type of hydrangea do I have?” This is a common gardening question because there are many...
Enjoy our tomato-growing page covering planting through harvesting—and even tomato recipes! America...
Succession Gardening Chart
See our successive gardening chart listing last planting dates for second-season crops. To...
Garlic is an easy-to-grow crop that’s harvested in midsummer and planted in the fall. Harvest when...
Free Garden Seed Catalogs and Online Plant Sources
It’s never too early to start planning your garden! Here’s a list of mail-order and online seed...
Japanese Beetles: Best and Worst Plants
Although Japanese beetles are known to feed on more than 300 types of plants, some are more...
Cabbage is a hardy, leafy vegetable full of vitamins. It can be difficult to grow; it only likes...
Preserving Your Harvest Safely
Millions of Americans will can, freeze, dry, pickle, and ferment the abundance of summer fruits and...
Fresh Blueberry Recipes
Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? One of the healthiest foods on Earth,...
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...
Creating a Recipe from the Garden
My sister and I both love to cook. We aim for dishes that are nutritious, cheap, quick, and...
Cannas are among the most colorful summer bulbs—as flamboyant as their tropical American ancestry—...
How to Grow Wildflowers and Help Pollinators
Growing wildflowers in your own garden benefits pollinators, lifts your spirits, and boost harvests...
Native Bees: The Best Pollinators for Your Garden
The super-pollinators of the garden are … native bees! While honey bees have their place, it’s our...
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...
Okra is traditionally a southern U.S. plant that thrives in warm weather. Here’s how to grow okra...
Plants That Repel Mosquitoes and Other Insects
Which plants repel mosquitoes and other insects in the backyard and garden? Here’s a list of the...
Wild Strawberry & Garden Rosemary Tarts
The family and I headed out for an after-dinner walk the other night. We had started down the...
Fireflies: Why Do Fireflies Glow?
Fireflies—also known a lightning bugs—have been captivating humans for centuries with their...
Coriander and Cilantro
Cilantro is a fast-growing, aromatic, annual herb that grows best in the cooler weather of spring...
How to Grow Peonies: Peony Care Tips
One of the most magnificent mainstays of the garden is the common herbaceous peony (Paeonia...
Favorite Rhubarb Recipes
Ready for rhubarb recipes? We love the classic rhubarb pie, but you also can’t go wrong with a...
Weed Control Techniques
While it’s tempting to call any unwanted plant a “weed,” there are really only a select few weeds...
10 Unusual Vegetables to Liven Up Your Garden
When you grow your own food, you have the opportunity to try some interesting vegetable and fruit...
Urban Gardening: Cram More Into a Small Vegetable Garden!
Grow a lot of food in a city vegetable garden or any compact space, whether it’s on a rooftop,...