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Christmas Tree Care
How to Care for a Christmas...
Learn how to choose the perfect Christmas tree—and keep your tree healthy from the beginning. Right away, watering is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of...
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Quick Ways to Cook Zucchini
We don’t all have time to make complicated zucchini recipes. Here are fast ways to cook that...
Less Severe Winter Weather Expected in 2018–2019
For those who dread extreme wintry weather, we have some good news! For the 2018–2019 winter, The...
Growing Sweet Potatoes
One vegetable that I love but had never grown before this year is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes...
How to Save Seeds From Beans, Peppers, Onions, and More!
Saving seeds from your best plants can result in vegetables that are perfectly suited to your...
How to Tell If a Watermelon Is Ripe
Every year I am faced with the same dilemma: how to tell if a watermelon is ripe. Muskmelons are...
Extend the Growing Season: Cold Frames, Row Covers, and Ideas
Extend your growing season into the colder months so that you can harvest fresh food from your...
How to Start a School Garden
When kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to plan a school garden. Children who grow...
Often considered only a minor houseplant pest, fungus gnats can quickly become a major issue if an...
Best Flowers for Drying | How to Dry Flowers
The heat of the season is perfect for air-drying flowers to brighten those gray, frigid days of...
Hot Peppers for Health & Happiness
Not only are hot peppers delicious in cooking, but also they have healing powers—triggering a...
Rain Gardens: Two Designs and Plant List
With a rain garden, use—don’t lose—all the rain water that falls on your paved areas and roof....
Wondering about that white fungus on your plants? The fungal disease powdery mildew affects a wide...
Tree-Planting Tips for Fall
From a tree’s point of view, fall is an excellent planting time—even better than spring. Many...
Keep Weeds Under Control (Without Weed Killers)
Dealing with weeds in the garden? Their often persistent nature can make for a truly frustrating...
Silver Foliage Plants: Add a Touch of Silver!
One of the joys of summer is attending garden tours. This time of year, many private gardens are...
How to Store Vegetables
Although most houses these days are not equipped with root cellars, you can probably modify some...
Sweet potatoes are grown more often in southern regions because they require at least four months...
Letting all that milkweed grow around my yard has paid off and we have some monarch butterfly...
How to Thin Fruit Trees for a Better Harvest
It may sound counterintuitive, but to get the best harvest of apples and some other fruit, we...
Painting Pots: The Sponge Technique
Beautifully painting a flower pot might seem like a daunting task, but the easy sponge technique...
10 Quick Tips to Preserve Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit
What to do with the bounty from your garden? Freeze it, pickle it, dry it, store it! Here are 10...
Starting Herbs from Cuttings
Grow new herbs from cuttings easily and for free! Late summer is the perfect time to do this,...
What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Gardeners are often given the advice to sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) around plants to deter...
Saving Vegetable and Flower Seeds for Replanting
Saving seeds from your favorite plants and swapping them with friends is one of the best ways to...
How to Make Rose Potpourri
See how to make a simple, classic potpourri recipe using rose petals and other flowers. It’s a...
How to Espalier: Fruit Trees in Small Spaces
Whether your garden is formal or informal, the addition of an espalier, trained flat against a...
How are your apple trees growing? Don’t forget to water young trees as they establish their root...
Feeding Your Plants for Free
There are many commercial products available to feed your plants with, but you can’t beat making...
Here are tips on how to identify, control, and get rid of slugs in the garden. What Are Slugs?...
How to Grow Cabbages From Planting to Harvest
In this short video, we show you everything you need to know to grow the perfect cabbage, from...
Backyard Battle: Gas vs. Electric Lawn Tools
Wish you could cut the grass in the morning without waking neighbors? Ever consider a cordless...
Green Beans: So Good for You
String beans. Green beans. Snap beans. Not only are they healthy for your body but also they give...
Parts Unknown: If Anthony Bourdain Had Visited Our Summer Kitchen
We’ve been watching reruns of chef Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, wishing we’d watched more of...
5 Accidental Tools for the Garden and Kitchen
I love things that meet a need so specific that they get a job done when nothing else could. In the...
How to Store Vegetables and Fruit
Learn how to store your vegetables, fruits, and herbs—so that they keep longer and stay fresher! ...
Rain Barrels in the Garden: Harvest Your Water
Summer’s a good time to assess what you could use in the garden. Consider the merits of a rain...
Make Your Own Herb Vinegar
You’ve seen herbal vinegars in upscale food boutiques and catalogues, usually stoppered or corked...
Climate, Change, and CO2: How Each Affects the Weather
We see the weather change every day; weather is the condition of the atmosphere over relatively...
Threshing Dry Beans | John Withee's Bean Bag Method
The late John Withee was once known in seed-saving circles as the “Bean Man” for his devotion to...
Some Like It Hot! Best Vegetables to Grow in the Heat
A week-long heat wave and a recent question—concerning what green beans to grow in a hot climate—...
Figs are a delicious treat that thrive in warm climates, but can also be grown in more temperate...
Garden of Thugs: Pruning, Digging, Thinning
Garden thugs are plants (not weeds) that quickly get out of control in the garden. They can really...